Updated on 09/17/2011 1:28PM

Drought finally ends for Allspice

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Allspice ($44.80) wins the Sixty Sails Handicap by a head at Hawthorne on Saturday.

STICKNEY, Ill. - After a year and a half of teasing, Allspice finally broke through. A stakes winner at 2, Allspice went winless last season, and she entered the on Saturday at Hawthorne dragging a seven-race losing streak. Tell that to Bare Necessities. In a duel from the sixteenth pole to the finish, Bare Necessities, the 3-10 favorite, came up short, as Allspice dug deeper than ever before.

"At the eighth pole, I started inching away," jockey Chris Emigh said. "I started screaming, yelling, and riding as hard as I could. I was using the reigns, whip, goggles - anything I could throw at her."

Allspice kept giving, and she held off Bare Necessities by a head, notching her first graded-stakes win in the Grade 3, $250,000 Sixty Sails. Greg Geier, who started training Allspice for owner Jim Tafel after Gene Cilio's death last fall, also won his first graded stakes.

Allspice came around, and Emigh rode like mad, but two other factors helped. Allspice raced in the clear and just behind a very slow pace, whereas Bare Necessities, who spotted Allspice seven pounds, spent much of the Sixty Sails's nine furlongs trapped inside, eating dirt. Rene Douglas finally found room for Bare Necessities in midstretch, as Mavoreen - the pacesetter through a quarter-mile in 24.32 seconds and a half in 49 - ran gamely. Allspice was between horses as Bare Necessities steadily gained on the outside, but the wire came before Bare Necessities could pass.

Mavoreen was clearly third, followed by Julie's Prize, Sue's Good News, and Retroactive. Allspice, overlooked in a field reduced to six by La Reason's scratch, paid $44.80 to win. The winner was timed in 1:50.66 over a fast track.