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Arlington Park Stakes Results

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 28, 2001) -- Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Make No Mistake survived a steward's inquiry and claim of foul by jockey Rene Douglas, who rode Orleans Road, to win the $250,000 Arlington Handicap by a neck Saturday at Arlington Park. Robby Albarado rode the Burk Kessinger-trained son of Darshaan, who covered the mile and a quarter over "good" turf in 2:02.53

The Grade III Arlington Handicap, the centerpiece of the track's inaugural Million Preview Day, is the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million which will be run August 18.

Make No Mistake sat behind the slow pace of Orleans Road through an opening quarter mile of 25.55 seconds and a half-mile split of 50.77 before forging into contention with a half mile to run in the race. From there, he matched strides with Takarian and held off that rival to prevail.

"I was behind a really slow pace," Albarado said. "I saw an opportunity midway on the backstretch to let him get clear. At the 3/8 pole, Mr. Douglas said he lacked a little room and thought he should claim foul, but I didn't hear or see any foul play."

"(Takarian) ran a good race," said jockey Mark Guidry, who rode the runner-up. "It was a good match race down the lane. Those kind (of races) are always nice to be in but bad when you finish on the second horse. We had a good trip. Robby just had a little more horse at the end."

El Gran Papa made a belated rally to finish third, followed by Orleans Road, Smilin' Slew, Pleasant King and Kick Boxer.

The win, Make No Mistake's fifth in 19 starts but first for his new owners, who purchased the horse for an undisclosed sum following his last race, was worth $150,000 and boosted his bankroll to $382,732.

"We'll either come back in the Million or go in the Man o' War (Sept. 8 at Belmont Park)," Kessinger said when asked about Make No Mistake's next start. "I'll have to see how the horse comes back. He came up to this race on three breezes, so I'm very proud of him."

Sent off as the 17-10 betting favorite, Make No Mistake paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.40. Takarian returned $4.40 and $2.60. El Gran Papa paid $2.20.

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