|Arlington Park Stakes Results
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DISCREET HERO BEST IN ROUND TABLE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 28, 2001) -- Richard F. Rudolph's Discreet Hero rallied from just off the pace to win the $125,000 Round Table Stakes by 1¼ lengths Saturday at Arlington Park. Shane Laviolette was aboard the son of Honour and Glory who is trained by Albert Stall Jr. and went the mile and an eighth over a fast main track in a meet's best and stakes record time of 1:49.73.
"We looked at the Form and there were a few (other horses) that had speed," Laviolette said. "He broke real sharp and was just loping along. The pace wasn't too fast. He was sitting comfortably and when I asked him, he made a great move."
Longshot Western Pride made the pace in the race, setting fractions of 23.62, 47.58, 1:12.00 and 1:37.10 before being engaged by the eventual winner but was good enough to hold on for the place.
"I set a good pace," said Western Pride's jockey Eduardo Perez. "I just need to get to know the horse a little better. He ran a nice race."
X Country rallied from last to finish third in the six-horse field. Horrible Evening, Gift of the Eagle and San Pedro completed the order of finish.
The win was the second straight stakes score for Discreet Hero who earned $75,000 for the victory to boost his bankroll to $160,250 from a record of four wins from eight starts.
Dispatched as the 17-10 favorite, Discreet Hero paid $5.40, $3.00 and $2.40. Western Pride paid $9.60 and $3.00. X Country paid $2.60.
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