05/21/2006 11:00PM

Arch Hall best in Eclipse

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Arch Hall wins Monday's Grade 3, $150,400 Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Arch Hall ($6.80) prevailed over the 6-5 favorite, Kentucky shipper Alumni Hall, in Monday's Grade 3, $150,400 Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine.

Arch Hall raced about four lengths off a slow pace in the mile and sixteenth event for older runners. He made a four-wide bid on the far turn and hit the front at the quarter pole, before drawing off for a two and three-quarter-length victory. The final time was 1:44.10 seconds.

Todd Kabel, who checked Cryptograph on the far turn, claimed foul on Arch Hall for interference inside the quarter pole, but it was disallowed by the stewards.

"He went into this race at his best," said Patrick Husbands, who rode Arch Hall. "He probably won't get any better."

Arch Hall banked $90,000 for Melnyk Racing Stable and trainer Mark Casse.