Lindy Redding’s well-traveled Ravalo, who became a millionaire this year at 7, added to his riches Nov. 23 with a hard-fought victory in the inaugural running of the $200,000 Six Bits Handicap at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (VIDEO).
Trained by Donald Barr, the bay gelding by Mutakddim out of the Southern Halo mare Momentary Hope, held off late rallies from 6-5 favorite Immortal Eyes and close second favorite Ben's Cat to win the six-furlong sprint in 1:10.38. The victory was the gelding's 15th win out of 32 starts at the distance and his second stakes win of the year.
Ravalo, bred in Kentucky by Dr. Dede McGehee's Heaven Trees Farm, banked $120,000 and raised his lifetime winnings to $1,254,022.
Cabaret Cowboy, the highest price in the field at 30-1, led the field through a half-mile in quick fractions of :22.08 and :44.78. He was caught at the quarter pole by Ravalo and Immortal Eyes. As both charged past, Ravalo bumped with Immortal Eyes midway on the turn and rider Travis Dunkleberger had to steady the favorite. Immortal Eyes continued on gamely but could not catch Ravalo, who won by a neck. Dunkleberger filed an objection against winning jockey Jeffrey Sanchez but the order of finish was allowed to stand.
Ben’s Cat, seeking his fifth consecutive stakes victory, was checked between horses and then forced to swing outside to rally five wide on the final turn. Ridden by Jeremy Rose, the son of Parker’s Storm Cat finished a nose behind Immortal Eyes.
Ravalo paid $11.40, $5.00, and $2.80. Immortal Eyes paid $3.20 and $2.20, while Ben’s Cat paid $2.20. The $2 exacta paid $28.80 and the $2 trifecta paid $69.