10/28/2002 1:00AM

Gold Mover wins Safely Kept with style


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.- Gold Mover ended a two-race losing streak with an emphatic victory in the $100,000 Safely Kept Handicap on the Breeders' Cup undercard Saturday at Arlington.

Gold Mover ($3.60) was the beneficiary of a perfect trip under jockey Jerry Bailey. Stalking pacesetters Harmony Lodge and Victory at Sea through quick fractions of 21.70 and 43.91 seconds, Gold Mover took the lead with a three-wide move on the turn and won by 7 3/4 lengths over Oglala Sue. The 4-year-old Gold Mover finished seven furlongs in 1:22.70.

Oglala Sue rallied from last to be second, and was followed by Victory at Sea, Harmony Lodge, and Copper Belle.

Gold Mover has won 11 of 25 starts and $1,060,530.

Trainer Mark Hennig said that Gold Mover thrived on Arlington's muddy track. "I don't think there was a lot of slipping and sliding like there was at Saratoga," he said, referring to the Honorable Miss Handicap. "She was able to get a hold of it.

"Last time she couldn't get to Carson Hollow in a race where no one contended for the pace. If Harmony Lodge had been in front alone today, she might not have been able to reel her in."

Hennig said Gold Mover will remain in training next year.

Black Tie Affair: Hero's Tribute rolls

Hero's Tribute and Sky Mesa shipped to Arlington together last week to train for Breeders' Cup Day, but only Hero's Tribute made it to Saturday's races. A day after Sky Mesa went down with an injured ankle that forced him out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Hero's Tribute posted an easy win in the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

It was a consolation prize for owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward, but Hero's Tribute put together the most complete race of his 4-year-old season.

The race didn't play out as it appeared on paper, since one of the main pace players, Generous Rosi, never got involved. Without him near the lead, Balto Star took a clear advantage on the first turn while setting a moderate pace, but he picked it up on the backstretch, running a half-mile in 46.88 seconds.

Hero's Tribute and jockey Edgar Prado waited patiently right behind Balto Star, and when Prado asked his horse for run coming off the far turn he quickly closed the gap on Balto Star. Hero's Tribute swept past, seemed to lose his focus a bit, but went on to a two-length win.

Balto Star held on well to be second, nearly eight lengths in front of Silver Zipper.

Hero's Tribute paid $6.20 to win and was timed in 1:49.01.

Steinlen: Santos just doing his job

The racing day on did not end for jockey Jose Santos after his upset win aboard Volponi in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In the final race on the Arlington Park program, Santos guided Capsized to a hard-fought win in the $100,000 Steinlen Handicap.

For Santos, there was no hesitation in heading back out to ride in a stakes with only a fraction of the Classic's $4 million purse.

"My job is to ride horses," he said. "I like to finish what I do."

Capsized won his second stakes of 2002 in the Steinlen Handicap, holding off the late rally of Irish invader One More Round to prevail by a half-length. Sent off as the favorite, Capsized ($5) ran 1 1/16 miles on a yielding turf course in 1:43.87.

Santos kept Capsized on the inside until the field reached the end of the backstretch, moved wide on the final turn to rally around pacesetters Royal Quarters and Purplest, and was kept to a drive through the stretch to win.

"I was a little nervous to be on the inside," trainer Lisa Lewis said.

The 6-year-old Capsized has won 7 of 24 starts and $489,593 for owners Stonerside Stable, Gold Spur Stable, and Alan Quartucci. During the summer, he won the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on the main track.

Lewis mentioned the John Connally Handicap at Sam Houston Race Park in February as a goal for Capsized.

- additional reporting by Marcus Hersh