01/13/2007 1:00AM

Roman Candles stalks, wins


Roman Candles, content to sit just back of a blistering pace duel for a half-mile, vaulted to contention swinging into the stretch, then emerged from a long duel for a half-length victory over Wonone in the $60,000 Pelican Stakes.

Under Jose Martinez Jr., Roman Candles covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:09.88 for the fourth win of his career and his second straight at this track.

Trained by Lynn Scace, Roman Candles returned $24.60 while earning $34,500 for the win.