10/17/2003 11:00PM

Delaware: Political Attack holds on

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Favored Political Attack and jockey Ramon Dominguez held off the late charge of 16-1 longshot Estio to win the $100,000 Sussex Handicap.

Political Attack ($4.20) stalked pacesetter Stanzaic to the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile race, run over yielding turf, and took the lead in the stretch. Estio rallied up the inside, but fell three-quarters of a length short. Stanzaic held third, three lengths farther back.

Owned by Erdenheim Farm and trained by Michael Matz, Political attack ran the distance in 1:44.98.