05/19/2012 4:01PM

Delaware: Petro brothers team up with Not Abroad to win Joseph French Memorial


Trainer Michael Petro had Not Abroad fit and ready to run off the layoff, and his brother Nick put up a perfectly judged ride to register a three-quarter-length victory over Win Willy in Saturday’s $50,000 Joseph French Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park.

Not Abroad, idle since finishing fifth as the 7-5 favorite in Parx’s Auld Lang Syne Stakes on Dec. 31, raced well placed before circling the leaders to gain command entering the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile Joseph French. A son of Not For Love owned by Tim Cunningham, Not Abroad drew well clear through midstretch before withstanding a final surge from Win Willy. Malibu Glow prompted the pace and finished another length farther back in third.

Tech Fall, the 3-5 favorite in a scratch-reduced field of six, saved ground while within easy striking distance to the quarter pole but had little left thereafter, checking home a tiring fourth. Edgewater and Indian Jones completed the order of finish.

Not Abroad, third in the 2011 Joseph French, covered the distance in 1:43.78 over a fast track and paid $19.20.