Updated on 09/18/2011 1:19AM

Fort Prado yes, Original Spin no

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Fort Prado wins the Black Tie Affair Handicap for the second year in a row at Arlington Park on Saturday.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Fort Prado came back from a short layoff and a minor injury and won the Black Tie Affair Handicap for the second year in a row, but the other star of the Prairie State Festival on Saturday at Arlington, Original Spin, faded to sixth in her first start here since winning the Arlington-Washington Lassie last summer.

Fort Prado ($2.80) was more workmanlike than brilliant under Robby Albarado, who took the day off at Churchill Downs and won two of the six Illinois-bred stakes races here.

With Big Glori winging on the lead, Albarado waited in the back tier of a strung-out field, letting Fort Prado progress on his own on the run down the backstretch. Fort Prado got serious around the far turn as Big Glori started backing up, and he cut the corner right on top of the lead. But instead of bursting clear from the much less accomplished Majestic Zeal, Fort Prado had to work to win by a neck.

It was good enough for trainer Chris Block, who won this race for the fourth time in six years.

"There's a lot of pressure involved when you run a horse like this," said Block.

Fort Prado, who won his fourth straight start, was timed in 1:42.18, earning the winner's share of an $86,400 purse. Home of Stars finished well for third.

Original Spin, meanwhile, making her first start since March, was very aggressive in the paddock, but she settled well for jockey Jesse Campbell in the Purple Violet, the day's first stakes, and had a good stalking position three furlongs out.

"I thought it was a matter of how far I'd win by," Campbell said.

Instead, Original Spin flattened out, probably tiring while making her first start after the long layoff.

Ahead of her, Rolling Sea, purchased privately by owner Ro Parra and turned over to trainer Steve Asmussen after running for a $50,000 claiming price May 19, raced close to a fast pace and held well to win by a length.

Favored Rich Fantasy rallied for second, with longshot Unreal Rocket third. Rolling Sea paid $18.60 to win, running the mile in 1:36.41.

High Expectations, last to first

A fan watching the White Oak Handicap on a television monitor would have seen at about the three-eighths pole a field of eight horses gearing up for the stretch run. But there were nine in the race, and the one you couldn't see was the one to watch. High Expectations, some 18 lengths behind the leader on the backstretch, rallied from last and beat longshot Iron Rogue by one length in the $85,700 race.

The victory gave trainer Christine Janks her second stakes win of the afternoon, and High Expectations turned in a tremendous effort. But credit also belongs to jockey Francisco Torres, who is in the midst of an Arlington renaissance this summer.

"Cisco rode him great," said Janks, who trains High Expectations for the S.D. Brilie Limited Partnership. "I told him to stay on the rail, and if you get stopped, you get stopped."

High Expectations ($6.60) won for the sixth time in eight Arlington starts, and his six-furlong time of 1:08.89 set a stakes record. Just See James finished third, a neck behind Iron Rogue.

Tally Up holds off the favorite

Four months ago, in his first start of the season, Tally Up turned in an explosive performance, and in the Springfield Stakes he finally followed up on it. Jockey Larry Sterling, subbing for an injured Chris Emigh, put Tally Up in a perfect stalking position, and the horse took care of the rest, accelerating into the stretch and holding off a late inside rally from favored Barely Union Scale to win by a half-length.

Trained by Brian Williamson for Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds, Tally Up was timed in 1:36.59 for the one-turn mile, and paid $10.40 to win. Barely Union Scale held off Wildwood Hat Trick for the place.

Bluesbdancing upsets Pretty Jenny

Bluesbdancing and jockey Eddie Razo got into traffic about a quarter-mile from the finish in the Isaac Murphy Handicap, but favored Pretty Jenny was too far behind to take advantage. By the time Pretty Jenny found her stride in the stretch, Razo had extricated Bluesbdancing, who finished well and held off hard-charging Pretty Jenny to win the $82,050 race by a neck.

Bluesbdancing, trained by Terrel Gore for owners Bob and Nancy Bartels, isn't especially flashy, but she's an excellent sprinter. Saturday's win was her eighth in only 12 starts, and she's now won four stakes races. She was timed in 1:10.26 for the six furlongs. Denoun N Deverb, who dueled with Taylor Madison on the backstretch, finished third.

- Janks scored the first of her two stakes wins Saturday with Ms. Lydonia, who finished strongly to beat You Dancing Devil by a neck in the $87,900 Lincoln Heritage Handicap. Janks also took third in the race with Modjadji, who would have been a shorter price than Ms. Lydonia had the two not been coupled in the betting.