Round Table Trip Doesn't Faze Cryptograph

(from Arlington Park report)
An outside draw and a wide trip could not keep favored Cryptograph from getting to the winner's circle following the $100,000 Round Table Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park.

Under jockey Don Pettinger, the son of Cryptoclearance ran 1 1/8 mile on a fast track in 1:51.53 and paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40.

Leaving from post position nine, Cryptograph was carried well wide in the first turn by American Link and couldn't shake clear to move inside at any point in the nine-furlong race. He sat well off the quick pace of 23.39, 46.36 and 1:11.09 set by the dueling Iosilver and Avid Skier.

"I was concerned in the first turn," said Pettinger, who has ridden Cryptograph in every one of his starts. "It wasn't working out the way I wanted it to. We didn't have the best of trips. We didn't have anyone in our way but we were kind of wide. My horse was in the bit a little more than he sometimes is, so I was kind of stuck. When (American Link) let off me on the backside, I had to make a choice to go on around. He was pricking his ears on me late. He was having fun. It wasn't work for him."

The Round Table was the fifth victory in nine career outings for the Pin Oak Stable homebred. The $60,000 winner's share elevated the colt's bankroll to $185,300. Donnie K. Von Hemel trains the winner.

Fantasticat rallied from far back, split rivals in the stretch to put a head in front in the stretch but was unable to hold off the winner. He paid $5.40 and $3.40. It was another five lengths back to third-place finisher Chippewa Trail, who returned $3.40.

Trailing were Real Trooper, Avid Skier, Fort Prado, Persuaggle, American Link and Iosilver.

(Chart, Equibase)