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Ravalo tops Silver Edition in the 2009 Maryland Sprint Handicap.
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Anne M. Eberhardt

Familiar Faces in Maryland Sprint Handicap

Last year's first three finishers return in six-furlong Preakness Day handicap

The first three across the wire in last year’s Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) figure to square off once again in this year’s renewal of the $100,000 six-furlong affair on Preakness Day at Pimlico. This year’s edition is presented by Jagermeister.

A year ago at Old Hilltop, Lindy Redding’s Ravalo scored by a head over Silver Edition in the Maryland Sprint, getting the trip in 1:09.95. It was another two lengths back to third-place finisher Celtic Innis, a Maryland-bred gelding who was making his fourth start in the handicap.

In all, 11 sprint-happy types passed the entry box with Not for Silver pegged as the 117-pound highweight. Not for Silver, Ted Julio’s 4-year-old colt by Maryland’s leading sire Not for Love, returns to the dirt after a try on the Polytrack at Keeneland in his seasonal debut. He ran an even race in the seven-furlong the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II), finishing fourth, beaten three lengths by Together Indy. Last summer Not for Silver won the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) at Calder during their “Summit of Speed” program in July.

Ravalo, trained by Donald Barr, was fifth behind Not for Silver in the Commonwealth at Keeneland while making his third start of the year. He won an allowance race at Philadelphia Park following a fourth-place finish at Laurel in the Fire Plug Stakes in January.

A 10-time stakes winner, Ravalo has also won stakes at Mountaineer, Monmouth Park, Belmont, Aqueduct, and Presque Isle Downs. With 14 wins and 11 placings, Ravalo rarely fails to deliver his best shot.

The well-traveled Silver Edition returns to Pimlico for another chance. Not only was he second in this race last year, but as a 3-year-old in 2008 he ran second to Lantana Mob in the Hirsch Jacob Stakes (gr. III; renamed the Chick Lang Stakes for 2010). And of course, Lantana Mob also returns in the Maryland Sprint.

Tom VanMeter II and Phillip Maloof’s Silver Edition has failed to hit the board in three starts this year for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas

Celtic Innis makes his 42nd career start on Preakness Day. He’s won or placed in 17 stakes races, 10 of them coming at either Pimlico, Laurel Park, or Timonium. At Laurel May 8, he worked five furlongs in 1:00.

Maryland Sprint Handicap Presented by Jagermeister (gr. III), $100,000 six furlongs, 3-year-olds and up, race 10, 4:27 p.m. EDT.

Post. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Snapshot, K Desormeaux, 111
2. Malibu Kid, T Dunkelberger, 114
3. Roaring Lion, J Castellano, 114
4. Silver Edition, T Thompson, 113
5. Not for Silver, J Pimentel, 117
6. Celtic Innis, S Russell, 115
7. Ravalo, J Velazquez, 116
8. Taqarub, E Coa, 114
9. Lantana Mob, R Albarado, 114
10. Despite the Odds, G Gomez, 116
11. Half Metal Jacket, R Dominguez, 112