06/29/2007 11:00PM

Out of Control outduels The Tin Man

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The rapidly improving Out of Control upset The Tin Man in Saturday's $250,000 American Handicap at Hollywood Park after one of the finest stretch duels of the spring-summer meeting.

Out of Control, 4, overcame a wide trip to finish a head in front of The Tin Man, the 9-year-old multimillionaire and 4-5 favorite in the Grade 2 American.

Ridden by leading rider Michael Baze, Out of Control was three-wide on the backstretch and final turn. He took the lead from The Tin Man in the stretch, lost the lead for a few strides, and then fought back on the outside, finishing 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.89.

The Tin Man, who carried 123 pounds, 10 pounds more than Out of Control, finished a half-length in front of a fast-closing Fast and Furious in the field of six. The Tin Man won the 2002 and 2006 American handicaps.

In the stretch, Out of Control and The Tin Man were nearly inseparable. Richard Mandella, who trains The Tin Man, thought his gelding would pull away.

"I thought I had him, but they didn't stop," Mandella said as he watched a replay of the horses going past the sixteenth pole. "They kept going."

Out of Control won his first stakes in the American Handicap. Bred in Brazil by owners TNT Stud and trained by Bobby Frankel, Out of Control has won 4 of 8 starts and $249,371.

Korbel: Epic Power perseveres

Despite being struck in the kisser with a whip in the stretch, Epic Power won the $76,525 Korbel Handicap for statebred milers.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Epic Power ($7.80) was timed in 1:35.20, finishing a length in front of Now Victory. Exceeding, the pacesetter, finished third in the field of five.

Epic Power was third for much of the Korbel, racing wide on the backstretch and into the stretch when he was struck flush in the face by jockey Martin Garcia's whip. Garcia rode Now Victory.

Epic Power, who races for La Canada Stables and trainer Jack Carava, has won 12 of 48 starts and $547,287. He will be pointed for the $125,000 California Dreamin' Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 3, Carava said.

Epic Power, 6, has won three stakes in the last eight months, including the California Cup Mile last October and the Khaled Stakes here in April.