Updated on 09/16/2011 9:21AM

Tenpins game in Washington Park Handicap

Arlington Park
Tenpins outgames a stubborn Generous Rosi to take the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap on Sunday at Arlington Park.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Two weeks after his untimely scratch at Turfway Park, Tenpins scored a game victory over Generous Rosi in the Grade 3, $400,000 on Sunday at Arlington.

Tenpins set a track record of 1:55.07 for 1 3/16 miles, racing gamely through the stretch under Robby Albarado to hold of Generous Rosi, who led for most of the Washington Park and came back bravely after being passed in the upper stretch.

Macho Uno, a heavy favorite in his prep for the World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Classic, raced close to the pace for a mile but had no punch in the stretch and faded to last. Jockey Gary Stevens said he "didn't have any horse" in the stretch.

Tenpins was given most of the summer off by trainer Don Winfree and owner Joseph Vitello and was to launch his comeback in the Kentucky Cup Classic. But racing officials scratched Tenpins for receiving a benign mouthwash within four hours of the race, forcing Vitello and Winfree to find another spot.

"They did me a $120,000 favor is what they did," said Winfree, referring to how much more money Tenpins won Sunday than he could have at Turfway.

After winning five races in a row, Tenpins was third in the Stephen Foster Handicap, and when he came out of the race with an infection in his respiratory system, Winfree advised Vitello that a rest period could do Tenpins significant good. It wasn't just the infection, Winfree said, but the sense that Tenpins still was growing and maturing and could come back a stronger horse for a fall campaign.

Which is just what he did in the Washington Park. Never more than a length and a half behind Generous Rosi's solid pace, Tenpins was sent up to challenge the leader on the far turn. They ran as a pair past the three-eighths pole when Bonus Pack made a strong three-wide move, momentarily grabbing the lead. But Tenpins, caught between horses and under a strong ride from Albarado, gained the lead in mid-stretch and had enough left to hold of Generous Rosi's final surge on the rail.

"He had to dig deep," said Winfree, who said the Washington Park was the biggest win of a long training career. "This horse just doesn't like to get beat."

Winfree was uncertain where Tenpins would next race, but worried that Sunday's battle would take something out of his colt, possibly preventing a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Bonus Pack flattened out in the final furlong and finished third, a length and a quarter behind Generous Rosi. Pleasant Breeze was fourth and Macho Uno fifth.

Mystery Giver prevails in Sea O'Erin

The $168,400 Sea O'Erin Breeders Cup Mile Handicap produced a finish every bit as exciting as the Washington Park's, with the Illinois-bred Mystery Giver prevailing by a neck over Buenos Dias and Al's Dearly Bred. Favored Capsized was a dull fourth in a race run over soft turf.

Mystery Giver benefited from another wonderful ride from Rene Douglas, who has won 11 stakes at the meet and seems to save his best work for grass. In tight quarters for much of the race, Douglas went to work on Mystery Give midway around the far turn, ducked to the rail in mid-stretch and got up in the final strides.

The race validated the confidence trainer Chris Block and his family, Mystery Giver's owners, had shown in their colt. After a bad-trip loss in the Arlington Handicap, Mystery Giver was given a chance in the Arlington Million, where he finished last. But Block felt Mystery Giver had not run his race that day and stayed the course, pointing for the Sea O'Erin.

"I told my dad, 'I don't care who comes for this race'," Block said. "He was doing well. He's put on 100 pounds since the Arlington Million."

Mystery Giver paid $12.80 to win and was timed in 1:38.17.