Updated on 09/17/2011 11:01PM

Philadelphia: Tani Maru dominates

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Tani Maru wins the $97,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park on Saturday.

Owners Donald and Adam Newman and trainer Thomas Bush had been aiming high with Tani Maru, sending him against such top-class horses as Lost in the Fog and Park Avenue Ball in his last two starts. On Saturday, they took aim at a much more realistic target and came away with a bulls-eye when Tani Maru cruised to a 9 3/4-length score over three other 3-year-olds in the $97,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park.

Jockey Harry Vega took Tani Maru to the lead in the mile and 70-yard race, and they were pressed by Letterman's Humor through fractions of 22.89 seconds and 46.70. Tani Maru shook free after six furlongs in 1:12.22 and finished in 1:43.83.

Letterman's Humor held on for second, 11 1/2 lengths in front of Russian Bay in third. Legal Control finished last.

Tani Maru, a Cherokee Run colt, paid $4.80. The victory was his fourth in 13 starts and second this year.