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Arlington Park Stakes Results

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 8, 2001) -- B. Wayne Hughes' Discreet Hero rallied from off the pace to win the $53,750 Alydar Stakes by 4 lengths Sunday at Arlington Park. Shane Laviolette rode the son of Honour and Glory, who covered the one-mile distance in 1:35.95.

The victory by Discreet Hero completed a weekend stakes sweep for trainer Albert Stall Jr., who captured Saturday's Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup with Bright Valour.

"It's been a great weekend," said Pam Fitzgerald, assistant to Stall, who was in Kentucky Sunday to saddle three horses at Churchill Downs. "This horse has been training at Churchill and only shipped in about three days ago."

"I had never been on this horse before but I saw his last race," said Laviolette. "Al told me to see where we broke. I knew there were a couple of speed horses in here so I waited to move on him. When I asked him, he just exploded."

Copper Country made most of the pace in the race, clocking a half-mile in 46.21 seconds, three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.42 and seven furlongs in 1:23.89 before being overtaken by the eventual winner inside the final eighth of a mile.

Tub Tosser ran third in the seven-horse field followed by Spectacular Cat and Sky Tower, who dead-heated for fourth, Sterna and Storm Mist.

Discreet Hero earned $32,250 for the victory, his third in seven races, to boost his bankroll to $85,250 and he paid $7.20, $4.20 and $3.20. Copper Country, the 5-2 post time favorite, returned $4.00 and $3.80. Tub Tosser paid $3.80.

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