Aggadan Gets Rolling, Captures Challedon

(from Pimlico report)
Aggadan appeared to be going nowhere in Saturday's $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Pimlico, but when jockey Eibar Coa set him down to business around the far turn, the chestnut picked it up, caught his rivals and went on to an impressive victory.

Aggadan, a 5-year-old son of Carnivalay and the 9-10 favorite in the six-furlong test for Maryland breds, completed the distance in 1:10.03. His winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths over a rallying Private Opening. Crossing Point, the pacesetter, settled for third.

Aggadan, who finished second to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper in the Tom Fool (gr. II) this summer, has now won 11 of 29 career starts for $620,301. Trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., Aggadan earned $45,000 for owner Sanford Goldfarb and partners.

"I was very comfortable sitting behind them in the beginning," added Coa. "Then in the second half they went a little fast and they went away from me. So I had to ride him a little bit on the turn and he wasn't giving me anything, but in the stretch when he switched leads, then he gave me a good kick – good enough to go by them."

Aggadan paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10, teaming with Private Opening ($4, $2.40) for a $16.60 exacta. Crossing Point ($2.20) completed $45.80 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)