HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Allijeba caught the leaders in the closing yards for a one-length victory in the $57,500 Essex Handicap yesterday at Oaklawn Park.
Allijeba, the favorite of the field of 10 older runners, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43 4/5 seconds. Allijeba, with Pat Day aboard, paid $6.40, $4.60 and $3.20.
On the Edge, ridden by Robbie Davis, was second and returned $8.40 and $4.60. Bedeviled, last year's Razorback Handicap winner, led for all but the final strides under Larry Snyder and paid $3.