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2012 Cotillion Stakes and Alphabet Soup Handicap


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Philly Ace wins the 2012 Alphabet Soup Handicap
Philly Ace wins the 2012 Alphabet Soup Handicap at Parx Racing horse racing

Philly Ace wins the 2012 Alphabet Soup Handicap at Parx Racing

© Vanessa Ng
September 22, 2012

The first stakes race on Saturday was the $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap for older Pennsylvania-breds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Philly Ace, second in the Robellino Stakes at Penn National last out, was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 8 over 3-1 Roadhog, winner of the Robellino, and 6-1 Winchill, fourth in the Lyman Handicap at Parx.

Jockey Stewart Elliott sent Winchill to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 25.78, 51.23, and 1:15.02 over the good course while pressed by 9-1 Sir Cadian to his outside. Into the stretch Winchill tired allowing Sir Cadian to inherit a short lead, but Philly Ace closed from 5th and held off late-running Roadhog by a nose for the win in 1:45.05. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Sir Cadian third.

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