11/27/2005 12:00AM

Arch Hall captures Sir Barton Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Arch Hall captured the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes for the second year in a row Sunday at Woodbine.

Arch Hall stalked the pace in fourth throughout most of the mile and a sixteenth event for Ontario-sired runners, as Moonshine Justice set moderate fractions, while being pressed by Executive Choice.

Arch Hall overhauled Moonshine Justice at the eighth pole and then edged away for a length and a half tally, in a final time of 1:44.13 seconds. Moonshine Justice held second, finishing three and a quarter lengths clear of favored Barbeau Ruckus.

It was the second stakes score of the weekend for jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse, who teamed up to take Saturday's Display here with Seaside Retreat.

"I got away from (the gate) pretty smartly, and settled into the race," said Husbands. "By the time I reached the five-eighths pole, the pace really quickened up, and he fell into the right position."

Arch Hall ($6.20) banked $75,000 for Melnyk Racing Stable.