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Arlington Park Stakes Results

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2001) -- Morton Fink's Guided Tour stalked the pace of Duckhorn, overtook that rival at the top of the stretch and drew off to win the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap by four lengths Saturday at Arlington Park.

A 5-year-old gelded son of Hansel, Guided Tour was ridden by Larry Melancon and covered the mile and a quarter in stakes record time of 2:00.76. He earned $240,000 for the victory, his 11th in 28 trips to the post, and boosted his bankroll to $1,630,253. The 3-2 second choice, Guided Tour paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.20.

Canadian invader A Fleets Dancer rallied from far back to overtake Duckhorn for the place and paid $6.40 and $2.40. Duckhorn held on to finish third, returning $2.10. Chicago Six and Milwaukee Brew completed the order of finish.

Duckhorn, who beat Guided Tour in the Hawthorne Gold Cup in May, set the pace in the race taking the field through solid fractions 23.51 seconds for the quarter-mile, 46.77 seconds for the half-mile and three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.41 before being engaged by Guided Tour on the second turn.

"When Larry came up to me I didn't have much horse left," said Mark Guidry, Duckhorn's jockey. "I tried to save a little to get second, but I'm grateful he lasted for third."

Melancon edged Guided Tour outside Duckhorn on the far turn and drew even with that one as the field turned for home. It was no contest from there as Guided Tour drew off easily for the final margin.

"I didn't want to use him early," said Melancon speaking of Guided Tour's stalking tactics, "but I didn't want that other horse to get away, either. If that horse gets too big on the lead, you don't get by. I thought I was in a good spot with him."

"I think this was his best race," said winning trainer Niall O'Callaghan. "It's hard to say (what our plans are), but we'll take a look at the Arlington Million (August 18). He broke his maiden on the grass, and he's a gelding, so we don't have to answer to anybody."

Fink, a Chicago businessman, was relieved to finally have won a stakes race with Guided Tour in front of the hometown fans after being thwarted in three previous attempts.

"We had our own cheering section (large crowd in the winner's circle) and apparently that helped," said Fink. "It's fantastic. I've had some good horses (over the years) but our best ones ran in Europe, and Annoconnor (a million-dollar earning mare) ran only in California."

Earlier in the afternoon, Thomas Alexander's Boggs Eyes rallied from off the pace to capture the $64,000 Winning Colors Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head. Robby Albarado rode the daughter of Miesque's Son to victory in 1:23.78 for seven furlongs. She paid $15.60, $7.80 and $4.20.

Also on Saturday, the CDSN Big Ticket Weekends $10,000 winner was Peter Galatro from St. Charles, Ill. The 51-year-old Galatro, who won with a $10 Place wager on #6 Sweetest Star in Arlington Park's first race on July 21, was spending the day with friends in Arlington's Million Room after flying in from Brazil earlier in the day when he made the winning wager.

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