10/26/2002 11:00PM

Capsized, Santos victorious in Steinlen


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The racing day on Saturday did not end for jockey Jose Santos after his upset win aboard Volponi in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

In the final race on the Arlington Park program, Santos guided Capsized to a hard-fought win in the $100,000 Steinlen Handicap.

For Santos, there was no hesitation in heading back out to ride a stakes with only a fraction of the Classic's $4 million purse.

"My job is to ride horses," he said. "I like to finish what I do."

Capsized won his second stakes of 2002 in the Steinlen Handicap, holding off the late rally of Irish invader One More Round to prevail by a half-length.

Sent off as the favorite, Capsized ($5) ran 1 1/16 miles on a yielding turf course in 1:43.87.

Santos kept Capsized on the inside until the field reached the end of the backstretch, moved wide on the final turn to rally around pacesetters Royal Quarters and Purplest and was kept to a drive through the stretch to win.

"I was a little nervous to be on the inside," trainer Lisa Lewis said. One More Round, who was making his U.S. debut, finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Al's Dearly Bred in the field of eight.

The 6-year-old Capsized has won 7 of 24 starts and $489,593 for owners Stonerside Stable, Gold Spur Stable and Alan Quartucci. During the summer, he won the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on the main track.

Lewis mentioned the John Connally Handicap at Sam Houston Race Park in

February as a goal for Capsized.