|Arlington Park Stakes Results
TENPINS ROLLS STRIKE IN GRADE II WASHINGTON PARK HANDICAP
Odds-on Favorite Macho Uno Finishes Last In $400,000 Race
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 29, 2002) -- Joseph V. Vitello's Tenpins, making his first start since June, stalked pacesetter Generous Rosi, took the lead at the furlong marker and was hard ridden to earn a neck victory in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap Sunday at Arlington Park.
Robby Albarado rode the Don Winfree-trained son of Smart Strike who covered the mile and three-sixteenths in track-record time of 1:55.07 over a track officially labeled fast despite an overnight rain storm that left the track muddy at the start of the day.
"He's such a kind horse to ride," said Albarado, who has ridden the colt in all but two of his starts. "He has the will to win. He saw Bonus Pack come to him on the outside with tons of horse and Tenpins refused to give in. He's got a heart of steel on him."
The $400,000 Washington Park serves as the final local prep for the mile and a quarter $4 million Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic to be run here Oct. 26 when the World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Winfree indicated he was unsure as to whether or not Tenpins would return for the Bredders' Cup Classic.
"We're going to leave our options open and play it by ear for a few days," the conditioner said. "We'll see how he comes back from this first and I'll make a decision with Mr. Vitello after I talk to him. I'm sure he's very happy right now. We'll think about the Breeders' Cup very seriously, but he had to really run today. This horse doesn't like to get beat. He's a pleasure to be around."
Generous Rosi, on a clear lead through much of the race, set fractions of 23.86 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 47.50 seconds for the half mile, three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.83 and a mile split of 1:35.77.
It was another 2½ lengths back to Bonus Pack, followed by Pleasant Breeze and Macho Uno, the 7-10 post time favorite.
"The horse felt fine going into the race," said Macho Uno's jockey, Gary Stevens. "He was going in pretty comfortable. When I started to catch up, Robby (Albarado on Tenpins) moved me right back down behind Generous Rosi. I just didn't have any horse to go on."
Tenpins earned $240,000 for the Washington Park victory, his sixth in nine starts, to nearly double his bankroll to $486,040. Second choice in the wagering, he paid $8.60, $4.40 and $5.80 (prices OK). Generous Rosi returned $5.60 and $5.80 (OK). Bonus Pack paid $7.40.
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