October 2016 Issue - page 6

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October 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Diamond M Stable’s War
Dancer enjoyed a perfect ground
saving trip, and then rallied to
out-finish a game Uncle Dave
to win the 16th running of the
$200,000 PTHA Presidents Cup
by three-quarters of a length on
September 10 at Parx. The six-
year-old son of War Front won
for the second time in four starts
this year, and with the victory,
pushed his career earnings to just
over $1 million.
On paper, it looked as
though War Dancer could
potentially be the pace setter in
the field of five. After a clean
break and a chance to make the
lead, jockey Junior Alvarado
instead grabbed a hold of War
Dancer, took him back to fifth,
down on the inside of the turf
course, and allowed him to settle
in behind the leader Uncle Dave.
The leader had an easy time of
it up front. Despite some token
pressure from second choice
Roman Approval, Uncle Dave
ran the opening quarter in 25.67
and clicked off the first half mile
in 50.55. With Roman Approv-
al just to the outside flank of
Uncle Dave the entire way down
the backstretch, Alvarado sat
patiently at the fence about two
lengths behind those two, know-
ing that at some point he’d need
a way out.
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War Dancer Wins
PTHA President’s Cup
Coming off the final turn
he got that chance. Uncle Dave
cut the corner and suddenly
drew clear from Roman Ap-
proval, and in just a blink, with
a little more than an eighth of
a mile to go, found himself
with a three length lead. With
clear room now on the outside,
Alvarado got busy with War
Dancer. He swung off the
fence turning for home, set his
mount to a drive, but again,
suddenly found himself with
some serious ground to make
up. Coming to mid-stretch,
he began to steadily close the
gap. Uncle Dave ran valiant-
ly, giving all he had, but War
Dancer, a Grade 1 runner-up
last year, was just too classy
and too good. Continuing to
gain, War Dancer finally got
to Uncle Dave with about 50
yards to go, took the lead and
then edged away to win by
three-quarters of a length.
Racing out of the Bill Mott
barn, War Dancer went off as
a strong 3-5 favorite and paid
$3.20, 2.60 and 2.10. Uncle
Dave (6-1) was a very game
second and paid 5.00 and 2.80.
Roman Approval (2-1) was able
to stay on for third and paid 2.10.
The final time for the one mile
and one-eighth on a turf called
firm was 1:52.31.
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