Updated on 09/17/2011 10:26PM

Nothing But Fun by nose in thriller

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Jockey Richard Migliore drives Nothing But Fun (left) to victory over Yolanda B. Too and Brian Peck in the $300,000 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

Nothing But Fun, 4-1 under Richard Migliore, edged Yolanda B. Too, 6-1 under Brian Peck, by a nose in a thrilling finish to the the Grade 2 for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Philadelphia Park.

Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero's foray out of retirement, to ride the undefeated and heavily favored Indian Vale, went up in smoke on the turn for home. That's where Indian Vale, the 2-5 favorite who had been vying for the lead with 15-1 longshot Amazing Buy, began to back up - and kept backing up, finishing fifth in the field of six. Cordero, 62, had not ridden in a race since 1995.

Meanwhile, Nothing But Fun raced off the pace in fifth place and came widest on the turn for home.

Yolando B. Too broke slowly, rushed up to race two-wide in the second flight, and was fourth turning for home.

The two fillies flew by the tiring front-runners in midstretch and battled noses apart for the final 50 yards. Shebelongstoyou finished 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Nothing But Fun covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.64 and paid $8.

Trained by Mike Hushion, Nothing But Fun stretched her record to 4 for 4 in her first graded-stakes attempt. The $180,000 first-place purse raised her earnings to $281,700 for owner Barry Schwartz.

Gallant Bob: Joey Carson 4 for 4

Earlier on the card, the undefeated Joey Carson ($5.20) won the $100,000 Gallant Bob Handicap for 3-year-olds, beating 5-1 Pavo by 1 1/4 lengths under a hand ride.

Ridden by Anthony Black, Joey Carson stalked pacesetter Euro Code two-wide, started to move inside at the head of the stretch but cut to the outside, and took the lead under left-handed urging before drawing away. Pavo closed well for the place, three-quarters of a length in front of third-place Euro Code. Santana Strings, the 3-2 favorite, rated between foes and came up empty, finishing fourth.

Joey Carson, owned by Big Daddy Stables, ran the six furlongs in 1:10.29 on a fast track to boost his record to 4 for 4. Four scratches reduced the field to seven.