Updated on 09/18/2011 12:06AM

Gouldings Green wins Hanshin by DQ

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Official winner Gouldings Green gets a pat on the head from jockey Corey Lanerie after being awarded the victory in the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup on Saturday at Arlington Park.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The crack six-furlong sprinter Fifteen Rounds showed Saturday at Arlington that he really could excel at one mile - and it didn't matter. Fifteen Rounds beat favored Gouldings Green by one length in the , but was disqualified and placed second after stewards judged he'd cut off Gouldings Green at the top of the stretch.

The result was a bitter one for trainer Christine Janks and jockey Chris Emigh, both of whom have worked hard - and successfully - getting the once speed-crazy Fifteen Rounds to rate. He did so smoothly in the Hanshin and came into the stretch with fuel in the tank, but Emigh let his mount drop down a little too close to the rail at the three-sixteenths pole, causing Corey Lanerie and Gouldings Green to check.

"It stopped his momentum a lot," Lanerie said. "He's a big horse. With a clean run, he would've gotten there."

Gouldings Green ($4.60), trained for the Melnyk Racing Stable by Tony Reinstedler, posted his second consecutive stakes victory, having won the Alysheba at Churchill in his most recent start. At the finish Saturday he was a half-length clear of third-place finisher Three Hour Nap, who was followed home by Semaphore Man and the well-backed With Distinction. Fifteen Rounds was timed in 1:34.05 for the one-turn mile, a fast time on a fast-playing track.

On paper, the Hanshin could have brewed a three-way speed duel, but none of the pace horses was especially eager to get the lead. With Distinction wound up there, getting a half-mile in 45.20 seconds, while Emigh guided Fifteen Rounds off the fence to take up a pressing position outside the early leader. Lanerie kept Gouldings Green snug on the fence all the way around, his intent clearly to sneak through in the stretch. But his space closed - and now we will never know who would truly have been best in the 2006 Hanshin.

Five-win day for Graham

Jockey James Graham, 5 for 45 at the Arlington meet as of Saturday morning, won with all five of his mounts here Saturday afternoon. Graham won races 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7, and only one of those winners, Sobresaliente in the seventh, was favored. Hers was also the narrowest of wins; Graham got Sobresaliente up by a nose for his third turf win of the day.