08/12/2005 12:00AM

Dinner Choice wins at Thistledown


Dinner Choice came three wide on the turn to engage the pacesetting Tri Uimet and outgamed him in a stretch-long drive to gain a head decision in the $40,000 Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes at Thistledown on Friday afternoon. It was 4 3/4 lengths farther back to Fisticuff in the field of seven Ohio-bred 2-year-olds running six furlongs.

Tri Uimet, the odds-on choice, was leaning on the gate at the start. He hustled up to make the lead about a quarter-mile into the race, and fought back gamely when challenged by the winner.

Dinner Choice races for the Pyrite Stable, is trained by Miguel Feliciano, and was ridden by Ricardo Feliciano. He got the six furlongs in 1:12.34 over the fast track and paid $27.20.