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Handsome Mike wins the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby
Handsome Mike wins the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby horse racing

Handsome Mike wins the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing

© Vanessa Ng
September 22, 2012

The co-feature on Saturday at Parx Racing near Philadelphia was the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Alpha, winner of the Jim Dandy (G2) then dead-heated for win in the Travers (G1), was sent off as the 7-10 favorite in the field of 7 over 3-1 second choice Macho Macho, winner of the West Virginia Derby (G2). Golden Ticket, who shared in the dead heat win in the Travers with Alpha, was the 6-1 third choice on the board.

Alpha battled for the lead with 19-1 longest shot Handsome Mike in the early stages through fractions of 25.08, 49.37, and 1:14.02, with 11-1 Csaba and Golden Ticket stalking the lead pair third and fourth. Entering the lane, Alpha tired badly allowing Handsome Mike to inherit the lead through 1 mile in 1:38.96. Macho Macho put in a mild rally from 6th but Handsome Mike cruised past the post 2 lengths in front in 1:51.63. It was just a neck back to Golden Ticket third.

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The co-feature on the card was the Cotillion Stakes (G1).

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