09/17/2001 11:00PM

Bay Meadows: Alinga lasts


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Alinga, ridden by Brice Blanc, held off the late charges of Blushing Ballerina and Walts Wharf to win the $50,650 Carmel Handicap for fillies and mares at Bay Meadows Saturday.

Gifted Daughter set a modest pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, with Alinga in closest pursuit, followed by Super Tuesday and Walts Wharf. Blushing Ballerina was well back in seventh place.

Alinga ran down the leader near the eighth pole and won by a neck. Blushing Ballerina, the 6-5 favorite, swung five wide into the stretch and was up to finish in a dead heat for second with Walts Wharf.

Alinga, trained by James Cassidy, ran the distance in 1:44.54. She earned $28,150 and paid $9.60.