|Arlington Park Stakes Results
ILLINOIS-BRED MYSTERY GIVER TAKES SEA O' ERIN BC MILE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 29, 2002) -- Mystery Giver, an Illinois-bred son of Dynaformer, ducked to the rail in mid-stretch and rallied along the fence to prevail by a neck over Buenos Dias in the $168,400 Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile Sunday at Arlington Park, covering the distance over soft turf in 1:38.17.
With Rene Douglas in the irons, Mystery Giver settled in toward the middle of the field early, began to move up in the stretch, found an opening between horses in the stretch and once clear was kept to the task for the victory.
"The pace was slow," said Douglas of early splits of 24.09 seconds and 49.16 seconds carved out by Noble Ruler and Al's Dearly Bred. "My horse was closer than I expected. I could have gone either (inside or outside), but the horse inside started drifting, so I took advantage of (the opening on the rail). I didn't want to lose my momentum so I swung (my horse) inside and he switched leads at the same time. He just took off again."
The Sea O' Erin was the second stakes win of the Arlington meet for Mystery Giver, who also captured the $90,450 Cardinal Handicap here June 22. The $101,040 winner's share boosted his bankroll to $389,250 from a record of seven wins and three second in 15 trips to the post.
Buenos Dias rallied from just off the pace to take a narrow lead late in the race but was unable to hold off the final surge of the winner. Pacesetter Al's Dearly Bred was game throughout but finished third in the eight-horse field, followed by 13-10 favorite Capsized, Mercenary, Pisces, Smilin' Slew and Noble Ruler.
"My horse ran very well," said Horatio Karamanos, who rode the runner-up. "During the first part of it, I was jockeying for position, but then when I asked her for her run she finished up real good."
"My horse was going easy when he had the lead," said Al's Dearly Bred's jockey, Corey Lanerie. "He gave me all he had. He just wasn't good enough. They outran him in the last part."
"It was pretty uneventful," said Gary Stevens, in from California to ride beaten favorite Capsized. "I was on the outside and my horse ran out of steam. The turf was even, but a little on the soft side. My horse handled it well, he's in pretty good shape."
Mystery Giver paid $12.80, $5.80 and $7 (prices OK). Buenos Dias paid $6.40 and $8.60 (prices OK). Al's Dearly Bred paid $11.80.
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