09/13/2014 4:12PM

Margano by a nose in PTHA President’s Cup

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Margano won an extremely tight photo finish in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President’s Cup on Saturday at Parx Racing.

Margano did not have the best of trips. He stalked the pacesetting Our Emerald Forest early but was shuffled back from between horses when the odds-on Winning Cause bid for the lead three wide nearing the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche angled Margano to the outside nearing the stretch, and the horse re-rallied three wide.

Winning Cause began to drop back in upper stretch, and that left Margano, on the inside, and Holiday Star, who lodged his bid four wide into the stretch, to fight it out. The pair hit the wire together, with Carmouche and Margano earning a nose victory over Holiday Star and Eriluis Vaz.

Margano, owned by the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trained by Arnaud Delacour, paid $17 to win. He was timed over yielding turf in 1:52.19. After taking blinkers off Margano for one race, Delacour put them back on for the President’s Cup.

It was 3 1/4 lengths back from Holiday Star to Winning Cause, the 2-5 favorite in the five-horse field. Winning Cause had $68,928 of the $74,850 in the show pool bet on him.

Lynn McFeely More than 1 year ago
awwwww MARGANO!! you fought for this, even after they tried to push you back and squeeze you out, you pulled around and your daddy was infront of you and your big brother running beside you..I don't think i have EVER seen such a close nose bob in a race. Thank God your jockey knew how to push his mounts head forward near the finish line, while the favorite's jockey appeared to use to whip method more than helping his mount push his nose out..Congrats little brother, warms my heart.. 5 years old, and now you know it may be your time to shine..I'm sure Roy and Gretchen had some peppermints for you back at the barn. Congrats to Lael Stable on their two (if not more) wins yesterday on that track!! the Jackson's are my favorite owners that i have heard of..and their dedication to La Ville's foals is just amazing. I am so saddened by loss of Dynaformer..lets hope these boys will carry out that stud line in Dyna'form like their daddy did. Does anyone know when Pennmarydel will run his first race? Penn is huge, and he has that, 'perfect' look that BARBARO carried about him...
Kim Curtsinger More than 1 year ago
Made his big brother proud!