Tenpins Strikes to Victory in Close Iselin 'Cap

Joseph Vitello's Tenpins turned in quite a game effort Saturday as he scored a one-length victory in the $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

The 5-year-old, trained by Don Winfree and ridden by Robby Albarado, raced the 1 1/8 mile over a fast track in 1:50 1/5 as he doggedly held his lead through the last sixteenth of a mile.
The even-money favorite, Tenpins paid $4, $2.80 and $2.20 across the board.

Aeneas nipped Jersey Giant by a nose for the place after the latter had waged a long battle down the stretch with Tenpins. The exacta returned $32.40.

"We were pointing for this since the beginning of the year," Winfree said. "I don't run him a lot because he puts a lot into his races. We'll go to Chicago next (for the Hawthorne Gold Cup on Sept. 28) and then we'll take a look at the Breeders' Cup Classic."

Albarado said, "When he gets there (to the lead) by himself he kind of waits. That's why he never wins by too much, usually a length, length and a half every time. He ran a tremendous race today."

This was the second win in two starts this year for Tenpins, and his ninth score in 13 lifetime starts. The $120,000 winner's share of the 68th running of the Iselin Handicap brought his career total to $938,689.

(Chart, Equibase)