Sunday, September 11, 2011
DTHA GOVERNORS DAY STAKES
Timothy Cunningham’s Not Abroad scored an upset victory in the $84,000 DTHA Governors Day Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Nick Petro aboard, the 4-year-old son of Not For Love notched a 5 ½-length triumph over the 3-to-5 favorite Eldaafer with Gabriel Saez. It was another 4-lengths further back to Fonda Ronda Won, with Ricardo Feliciano, in third.
Not Abroad returned $8.20 as the third choice in the field of five and he covered the mile and seventy yards in 1:40.27 over a fast main track. The Maryland-bred trained by Michael Petro increased his lifetime record to five wins from 24 starts with earnings of $344,650.
“He did not break well and the distance may have been a little short for him,” said trainer Diane Alvarado. “I did not think they went that fast and he may have had a little too much to do. He also drew the rail and I am not sure if that helped either. But all in all it was a pretty good race and we are pretty sure we are still on track for the Breeders’ Cup Marathon as long as he comes back good.”
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