ALFARABI PREVAILS AT EVEN-MONEY IN DECORATED HERO PURSE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2010) – Alfarabi, exiting three stakes races including a fast-closing second most recently in the Eddie Logan Stakes, proved too much for his rival 3-year-olds Wednesday as the even-money favorite in Santa Anita’s $49,088 Decorated Hero Purse at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

With Garrett Gomez at the controls, the gray son of Yes It’s True gained the lead in midstretch and withstood the furious finish of Setsuko to prevail by one-half length with 5-2 second-choice Ace of Aces another length back in third.

In gaining his second career victory for trainer Eoin Harty and owner Abdullah Saeed Almaddah, Alfarabi crossed the wire in 1:50.03 over a “firm” course after tracking in third most of the journey

“He broke tardily again today,” said Gomez, “but we were drawn outside and I was able to put him into the race without much trouble. He’s a hard trying horse and he did it nicely today. There wasn’t a lot of pace, and he was able to wear ’em down. He’s going to be a very versatile horse.”

“I’m happy with the way he ran,” Harty said. “He kept his head down and kept running. We’ll keep him on the turf for the time being.”

Alfarabi paid $4, $2.20 and $2.10. Setsuko, who rallied from next to last under Rafael Bejarano in the field of seven, returned $3.20 and $2.40. Ace of Aces, who pressed the pace with Joe Talamo aboard, paid $2.60 to show.

The winning purse of $28,800 raised Alfarabi’s earnings to $90,110 from a 2-2-1 record in seven starts. He ran second in the Eddie Logan on Dec. 28 at Santa Anita after finishing within four lengths of Who’s Up in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes and within 4 ½ lengths of Lookin At Lucky in Oak Tree’s Grade I Norfolk Stakes.

Racing continues on Thursday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program that begins at 1 p.m.

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