03/11/2002 1:00AM

Fonner Park: Tate's Way comes on late

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Tate's Way, last year's 3-year-old champion at the Fonner Park meet, used a late run to wear down Yankee Ruler and capture the $25,700 Ogataul Handicap for older statebreds.

Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, Tate's Way carried Armando Martinez to a 1 1/4-length victory in 1:12.80 for the six furlongs over a fast surface. The $15,420 winner's share boosted his earnings to more than $65,000.