|Arlington Park Stakes Results
ABDERIAN, ALLSPICE BRING DOWN CURTAIN ON ARLINGTON SEASON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2002) -- Two $100,000 stakes races highlighted the closing day card at Arlington Park on Sunday, one day after the track hosted a crowd of 46,118 to see the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Abderian, who races in the colors of 2001 Eclipse Award winning owner Richard Englander, rallied from the back of the path to win the Smile Handicap at five and a half furlongs on the turf course. Horatio Karamanos, who piloted seven winners Saturday at Laurel Park, made the trip to Arlington to guide the son of Machiavellian to a 1 3/4-length score timed in 1:03.53 over yielding going. The 5-year-old horse paid $8.80, $3.80 and $3.40.
"This horse runs excellent," said Karamanos. "That's two times now he's run very good for me. Mr. Feliciano (trainer Ben) said 'Run the same race as last time. You wait and then you see the hole and run through it.' I waited behind Douglas' horse (Mighty Beau) and followed him."
Mighty Beau was second in the nine-horse field and paid $3 and $2.80. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Miners Gamble, who returned $6.
James B. Tafel's Allspice overcame a troubled beginning to capture the Eliza Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Coronado's Quest, ridden by Chris Emigh, covered the seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:24.56 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.
"She just kind of fell out of there (the gate)," Emigh said. "I moved her up. She fought hard and just outrun them at the end. That was the win I needed to get third in the jockey standings. It was a nice way to end (the meet)."
Jodys Deelite was second, three-quarters of a lengths clear of Diamonds to Me. Jodys Deelite paid $3 and $2.10. Diamonds to Me returned $2.10.
Also on Sunday, the track honored its divisional leaders: Owner Frank C. Calabrese, who picked up his third consecutive leading owner award and established a new single-season record with 66 victories; trainer Wayne Catalano, whose 64 scores also established a single-season record for wins; and jockey Rene Douglas, who successfully defended his 2001 title with 167 trips to the winner's circle.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo, who took Arlington by storm during the waning days of his apprenticeship and continued to ride well after losing the "bug" was named the meet's Rising Star. Bugler Joe Kelly, who is retiring after calling the horses to post at Arlington for 22 years, received the track's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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