04/05/2002 1:00AM

Oaklawn: 43-1 shot beats favorite

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Due to Win, a 43-1 longshot, wore down 6-5 favorite Red n'Gold through the stretch to win the $75,000 Bayakoa Stakes by three-quarters of a length Friday at Oaklawn Park. It was another two lengths back in third to Caressing.

The Bayakoa was the first of nine stakes to be decided during the annual Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn, which runs through April 13.

Due to Win ($88.60) raced well off the pace set by Red n'Gold, who broke sharply and led the field through an opening six furlongs in 1:11.60. Due to Win moved up around the final turn, and kept coming through the stretch to run down Caressing, then Red n'Gold. She covered the 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares in 1:44.20.

Justin Vitek rode the winner for trainer Howard Scarberry.

Attendance for the program Friday was 12,107.