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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 20, 2001) -- Choctaw Racing Stable's Rylstone rallied from off-the-pace to break his maiden with a three-length victory in the inaugural running of the $75,000 Manila Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park. The Manila, for 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf, is the penultimate event on Arlington's 29-race $5.5 million stakes schedule.

A son of 1996 Arlington Million hero Mecke, Rylstone was making his turf debut after a pair of off-the-board finishes on dirt at Saratoga Race Course in New York. But trainer Lynn Whiting was confident that the colt, a $350,000 purchase from the OBS March 2001 Sale, was better suited for the turf.

"This colt came out of some really key races at Saratoga," said Whiting. "Everything around him has come back to win. He was sixth in his last start and the colt behind him came back and won a maiden allowance at Belmont last week. I watched him train (at Ocala) and I liked him. I thought he was a two-turn horse. He had a nice way of moving."

Under Eusebio Razo Jr., Rylstone was kept about three lengths off the pace for the first half mile, moved into contention in the stretch, took command inside the furlong marker and drew off for the victory. He covered the mile over a turf rated "good" in 1:39.61.

"There were a lot of horses acting up in the gate," Razo said. "My horse was standing there perfectly. Once he got a feel for the turf, he was push button. I had a lot of confidence in this horse. He was professional, like a horse who had won 3 or 4 races already."

U S S Tinosa had the lead in the stretch but could not hold off the winner. Jaha, the 8-5 favorite, made a mild rally and finished third in the 12-horse field. No Trouble, Dell Place, Algezir, War Emblem, Spring Winds, Chatsworth, Runaway Choice, Country Warrior and Secret Command completed the order of finish.

"I had plenty of horse," said jockey Randall Meier of the runner-up. "I went ahead and gave him his head (following instructions) in the lane, and when he made the lead he said: 'Where am I?' We probably should have waited a little longer."

"He went in the air at the break and that forced me to take him back," said Rene Douglas, who rode the beaten favorite, "and then he went a little wide on the turn."

Sent off at odds of more than 12-1, Rylstone paid $26.20, $11.80 and $5.20. U S S Tinosa returned $14.00 and $5.20. Jaha paid $3.00.

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