|Arlington Park Stakes Results
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HONEST DECEIVER EASY WINNER OF ELIZA STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 12, 2001) -- WinStar Farm LLC's Honest Deceiver remained undefeated in her brief career with a 3½-length victory in the $63,250 Eliza Stakes Sunday at Arlington Park. Lonnie Meche was aboard the 2-year-old daughter of Is It True who covered the six furlongs in 1:11.75.
The Eliza Stakes is the first added-money test of the local season for juvenile fillies and serves as a prep for the $100,000 Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, which will be run on September 22.
"Even though she won last time, she didn't really know what she was doing," Meche said. "She was a different filly today. She left there with running on her mind. I just sat there and stalked the leader. When I called on her, she just exploded. She has every sign of being a great horse. The further she goes, I think you're going to see a much better horse."
Trainer Elliott Walden was equally pleased with his charge.
"She's coming along," Walden added. "I'm very happy with her. It seemed to me like she learned a whole lot since her last race. She was a lot more responsive today and that's what you want to see."
The victory, worth $37,950, was her second in as many starts and boosted her bankroll to $60,750.
Typhoon Bertie set the pace in the race and held on to finish second, 1½ lengths ahead of Lil' Mary's Kitty, the 3-2 race favorite. Miss Spragg and My Carati completed the order of finish. Zippity Zappin trailed throughout and was eased in the stretch.
The 5-2 third choice in the betting, Honest Deceiver paid $7.00, $3.20 and $2.40. Typhoon Bertie paid $3.20 and $2.40. Lil' Mary's Kitty paid $2.40.
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