|Arlington Park Stakes Results
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HUMBLE CLERK WINS ARLINGTON MATRON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 6, 2001) -- Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk overtook Maltese Superb inside the final sixteenth to post a one-length victory in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. Larry Melancon rode the Niall O'Callaghan trainee to victory in 1:51.53 for the mile and an eighth over a track listed as fast. The Grade III race for fillies and mares is the final graded event on Arlington's 2001 stakes schedule.
Never far back while racing off the rail, the 4-year-old daughter of Humble Eleven eased into contention while three-wide around the far turn to challenge pacesetters Asher and Maltese Superb.
"She broke well and was laying third," said Melancon, who earned his second graded stakes score of the meet after piloting Guided Tour to victory in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap in July. "I didn't have to force her and I was really comfortable where I was. She's a filly that has a long run. I could see that Rene (Douglas on runner-up Maltese Superb) had some horse underneath him, but so did I. My horse was running more freely than his and I felt that on the turn I had a chance to (win)."
"She relaxed real well for me, and when I asked her to run, she ran very well," said Douglas of the runner-up. "She tried hard. She just couldn't beat that other horse."
Lakenheath, the only 3-year-old in the race, made a belated rally to finish third.
"Around the turns, she didn't seem to get into the race, but when she straightens out, she runs very well," said Corey Lanerie, who rode Lakenheath. "I thought I got second."
"She'll run all day," added Lakenheath's trainer Gene Cilio. "She closed well against those older horses. She ran well enough for a 3-year-old. Now, I've got to find longer races for her. She's going to be a nice filly."
Lady Melesi, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, finished fourth. Instinct, Taste the Passion and Asher, the race's 118-pound highweight who set a moderate pace of 1:12.75 through three-quarters of a mile after posting splits of 24.83 for the opening quarter and 48.81 for the half before fading to last, completed the order of finish.
Humble Clerk, sent off at odds of 9-2, paid $11.40, $5.60 and $3.40. Maltese Superb returned $6.20 and $3.40. Lakenheath paid $3.40.
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