Machnhope returns to Philly, wins Wednesday feature
October 07, 2020
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After getting a rude parked-the-mile reception in New York, the Mach Three mare Machnhope returned to Harrah's Philadelphia, a track where she had been doing well, and promptly won the $14,000 feature distaff handicap pace in 1:50.2.
Andrew McCarthy got an early tuck with the winner of $296,301 as Caviart Cherie and Imprincessgemma A argued the :26.3 first quarter, then was underway in front of the stands, claiming the lead after some hard work to the :55 half. But Machnhope called the tune from there, passing the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then drawing off to have a five length margin at the wire for driver Pat Berry and trainer Noel Daley, the latter co-owner with Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and L A Express Stable LLC.
In a $12,800 race for up-and-coming females, Dance Club made it two in a row at Philly, after winning her recent Liberty Bell division coming back here and fronting a field from early on to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Ron Burke trains the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc. and David Wills.
The Well Said mare Apple Hanover disappointed as the favorite in the $11,600 distaff pacing class last time after a hard trip; this time she took all the variables out of play by going wire-to-wire for driver Marcus Miller in 1:51.3, finishing 1½ lengths clear. Now a winner of $226,884, Apple Hanover is trained by Katricia Adams and owner Benjamin Gordon.
Andrew McCarthy and George Brennan tied for day's honors among drivers with three triumphs each.