06/12/2004 12:00AM

Delaware: Loving in three-way photo


Loving, third choice in the betting, pressed second-choice Private Lap for the lead, gained a short advantage going into the stretch, and then won a three-horse photo to take the $100,000 Brandywine Handicap at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del.

Loving, with Mario Pino aboard, finished a head in front of Private Lap and another nose ahead of the fast-closing 13-1 shot Donald's Pride. Loving was timed in 1:43.35 for the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track and paid $8.20.

Max Forever, the favorite, broke sixth in the field of seven, dropped back to last after three-quarters of a mile, and clunked up for fourth, four lengths behind the show horse.