Third in the Remington Sprint Cup in 2009, Ravalo made his return to Oklahoma City a winning one when he prevailed by a half-length over favored Captain Cherokee in the $200,000 event at Remington Park on the night of Aug. 20.
Ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez for trainer Donald Barr and owner Lindy Redding, 7-year-old Ravalo led Captain Cherokee by a half-length near mid-stretch under strong urging. He briefly lost the advantage before regaining it approaching the wire in a gritty effort against the 13-10 choice.
The winning time was a swift 1:08.28, just .18 off the six-furlong track mark set by Smoke of Ages in 1991.
The well-traveled Ravalo won for the first time taking the Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Nov. 20. Since then, the gelded son of Mutakddim out of the Southern Halo mare Momentary Hope has been to Aqueduct in New York City, Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., and Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
Ravalo stayed close to the hot pace set by Humble Smarty for the first half-mile of the Sprint Cup, exactly what his owner wanted. Humble Smarty set a rapid tempo, clicking off the opening quarter-mile in :21.75 and the half in :44.27.
“I wanted him to lay up close,” Redding said after accepting the Sprint Cup trophy in the winner’s circle. “I told Sanchez to play it by ear and use his own judgment. I didn’t like it for him to be that wide but he still did it.”
Ravalo caught Humble Smarty at the top of the stretch and held off Captain Cherokee in a good duel. Chief Of Affairs was third, 4 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up. Then came Humble Smarty, Ducky Drake, Solar Charge, Okie Ride, and the entry of Richmond and Wicked B. Havoir.
Sent off as the third choice in the field of nine, Ravalo carried 120 pounds and paid $11.20, $4.60, and $3.20. Captain Cherokee returned $2.80 and $2.40 with Luis Quinonez aboard. Chief Of Affairs, ridden by Cliff Berry, paid $3.60 to show.
The Sprint Cup was the 16th win from 45 attempts for Ravalo, who was bred in Kentucky by Heaven Trees. The bay earned $120,000 to boost his lifetime bankroll to $1,121,522.