10/22/2007 12:00AM

Chilean-breds run one-two in Dowager

EmailSouth Americans outperformed their North American counterparts in Sunday's $150,000 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland, with Chilean-breds Omeya and Eres Magica finishing first and second, respectively in the 1 1/2-mile turf race.

Omeya won the race by one length with her closing punch. Last of nine turning into the lane, she accelerated in the final quarter- mile to outkick the runner-up and catch Jade Queen, the midstretch leader and eventual third-place finisher. She raced 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.15, paying $15.40 as the fourth choice.

The winner was ridden by Mark Guidry, who picked up the mount from trainer Jonathan Sheppard when Rafael Bejarano, who had been named to ride her, failed to return from riding engagements Saturday at Belmont Park in New York.

"That's how it goes in this game: One man's loss is another man's gain," said Guidry.

Omeya, owned by George Strawbridge Jr.'s Augustin Stable, improved her record to 6 wins in 30 starts and increased her earnings to $262,849.

The favored Arosa finished last, weakening suddenly in the final furlong after making a bold stretch challenge. After being pulled up past the wire, she was vanned off the track with a non-life threatening injury.