October 2014 Issue - page 9

October 2014
Page 9
Sometimes indeed quality
outshines quantity and that was
most certainly the case in the
$200,000 PTHA President’s Cup
September 13 at Parx Racing.
Despite a short five horse field,
the race produced one of the most
dramatic stretch runs of the year
at the local track with Lael Sta-
ble’s Margano battling Holiday
Star head and head to the wire,
winning by what would be called
a nose, but more exactly was
maybe an inch at best.
The mile and one-eighth
test over a turf course labeled
good began uneventfully. Our
Emerald Forest, a 9-1 shot, took
the lead in the first sixteenth of a
mile and cantered along uncon-
tested on the front end through
opening fractions of 23.95
and 48.84. Margano would sit
second, Winning Cause, the
overwhelming favorite at 2-5
sat third with Holiday Star an
unhurried and ground saving
fifth. But with a half mile to go,
the drama started to unfold.
Winning Cause made the
first move, ran past Margano
and up to engage Our Emerald
Forest. Long shot Sailor’s Re-
venge (13-1) also made a sudden
move three wide from fourth
and was now up with the leaders
and in a blink, Margano had
lost two spots, was now fourth
with Holiday Star still fifth
as they moved to the far turn.
Now it was Holiday Star’s turn
to make his move. He also ran
past Margano but with Sailor’s
Revenge quickly dropping out
of it and the early leader tiring,
Margano was able to run on to
be third and was ready to try to
stay with Winning Cause and
Holiday Star, both of whom had
gotten first run on him. The
three would then come to the
eighth pole together. Winning
Cause on the inside, Margano
in between and Holiday Star on
the outside. Winning Cause was
the first to give way and as they
came to mid-stretch, Holiday
Star had forged a short lead of
about a neck, but Margano was
as game as they come. Refusing
to surrender, he edged back on
even terms with Holiday Star as
the two came to wire absolutely
side by side. Even the keenest
eye could not have determined
the winner as the two flashed
under the wire, heads down,
driving, mirror images of each
other. When the photo came
up, Margano had won by the
scantest of noses in an absolutely
thrilling finish.
Owned by Roy and Gretch-
en Jackson, Margano is a 5 year-
old gelded son of Dynaformer
and a full brother to Kentucky
Derby winner Barbaro. Trained
by Arnaud Delacour and under
Kendrick Carmouche, he went
postward at 7-1 and paid $17.00,
7.40 and 2.40. Holiday Star
(3-1) did everything but win,
was terrific in defeat and paid
4.20 and 2.10. Winning Cause
could do no better than third and
returned 2.10. The final time
was 1:52.19.
Barbaro’s Brother
Wins President’s
Cup at Parx
135 Churchtown Road
Narvon, PA 17555
Cell: 717-629-1037
Fax: 717-768-3264
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