09/08/2012 4:20PM

Delaware Park: Eldaafer gets back in win column in Hanford Memorial


Eldaafer perked up with a return to Delaware Park, easily beating four rivals Saturday in the $51,500 Carl Hanford Memorial.

The 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner, Eldaafer snapped an eight-race losing streak. His most recent prior victory came at Delaware in an allowance race in August, 2011. He is 2-1-0 in 3 starts here.

Eldaafer had been running mostly against high-level company since the last win, including a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap back in June at Belmont Park. The track and the 1 3/16-mile distance suited him perfectly in the Hanford.

Forgotten Knot grabbed the early lead only to be quickly joined by Eldaafer. They raced side by side through leisurely fractions until Eldaafer edged to the front on the final turn.

In command turning for home, Eldaafer finished three lengths better than even-money favorite Not Abroad. Win Willy, the 6-5 second choice, was third.

Eldaafer, a 7-year-old gelding, got his 12th win in 39 starts. Ricardo Santana was aboard for trainer Diane Alvarado as Eldaafer was clocked in 1:58.10. He paid $11 to win as the third choice.

Forgotten Knot was fourth, followed by Special Energy.