|Arlington Park Stakes Results
BEAT HOLLOW COMES THROUGH AS FAVORITE IN ARLINGTON MILLION XX
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 17, 2002) -- Battling with insurmountable courage, Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow justified the odds-on confidence of the fans and responded with a neck victory in Saturday's 20th running of the Grade I Arlington Million at Arlington Park.
The British-bred but American-based 5-year-old, perhaps the best turf horse in training in the United States, added credence to that widely-held reputation when he proved narrowly best among six horses involved in a blanket photo finish that capped off one of the most competitive races of the year. Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel is the conditioner of Beat Hollow.
Closing fast on the outside but unable to catch the winner was Gary A. Tanaka's Sarafan, who had defeated Beat Hollow twice earlier this year and was the second choice in the Arlington Million wagering.
A nose behind Sarafan was Arthur I. Appleton's Forbidden Apple, the pacesetting third choice of the fans who led in all but the last strides. A head behind him in fourth was longshot Ulundi, the sometime European hurdler owned by David Heath who was overlooked by the fans at almost 30-1.
Another nose behind him was Tanaka's Falcon Flight, who closed willingly before suffering traffic problems in the late stages. Finally, a head behind the second Tanaka color bearer was the German-bred Paolini, owned by Frau Carde Ostermann-Richter and considered best of the Million's Europeans coming into the race. He was also hindered by a troubled trip.
"He's a very handy horse," said winning Hall of Fame rider Jerry Bailey of his trip on Beat Hollow. "You can put him anywhere in the race that you want to. I was a little concerned when I got hung three wide into the first turn but I didn't want to use him that early in the race to try and get position."
What Bailey did do was lay just off the pace and challenge Forbidden Apple in the late stages moments before the late runners all came with a rush to create the tight quarters.
Consequently, Beat Hollow, who gained his reputation with victories in the Grade I Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs in May and the Grade I Manhattan Handicap in June, was able to maintain his reputation as the leader in his division. He toured the mile and a quarter in 2:02.94 after catching up with the earlier fractions of 25.07, 50.18, 1:14.89 and 1:38.77.
Beat Hollow, a homebred son of Sadler's Wells out of a Dancing Brave mare, posted mutuels of $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20.
Sarafan paid $3.40 and $2.80, and Forbidden Apple returned $2.80 for the show.
Completing the order of finish after the first six at the wire were Peter S. Willmott's Cheshire, Roldvale Ltd.'s Freefourinternet and Team Block's Mystery Giver.
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