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.

Although disappointed with the second-place finish, Diane Alvarado still expects Eldaafer is on track to defend his Breeders’ Cup Marathon Championship at Churchill Downs on November 4.

“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.”