05/13/2010 12:00AM

Barbaro's brother Nicanor on Preakness card


BALTIMORE - Besides the 135th Preakness here Saturday, Pimlico also will run five other stakes on its 13-race card. Foremost among those undercard races is the $200,000 Dixie Stakes, a Grade 2 turf race at 1 1/8 miles.

Thirteen older horses are entered in the Dixie, including Nicanor, the full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, and Just as Well, the millionaire turf specialist trained by Jonathan Sheppard. Other logical contenders in a well-matched Dixie include Grassy, Picou, and Rahystrada.

The Dixie directly precedes the Preakness as the 11th of 13 Saturday races. Four of the other races are Grade 3, $100,000 events. Here is a brief rundown of the others, in reverse order:

* Grade 3, $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (race 10): Maryland-based Ravalo, an earner of $825,000, will try to rebound off a disappointing effort as the favorite in the Commonwealth Stakes when facing 10 other older horses, including Snapshot, Not for Silver, Taqarub, and Lantana Mob.

* Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette (race 9): Sheppard ships in Rainbow View off a sharp Keeneland victory when the 4-year-old filly faces nine other fillies and mares, including the comebacking Shared Account, in this 1 1/16-mile turf race.

* Grade 3, $100,000 W.D. Schaefer (race 8): Blame, with Garrett Gomez riding for trainer Al Stall, figures as a solid favorite when making his first start since winning the Grade 2 Clark Handicap last fall at Churchill Downs. Eight others are entered in the 1 1/16-mile race.

* $70,000 James W. Murphy (race 7): Turf pros Christophe Clement and Graham Motion both have two horses in this one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. Thirteen were entered in what shapes up as one of the day's best betting races.

* Grade 3, $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes (race 6): Comedero, a winner in 6 of 7 starts, should be a stout favorite in a six-furlong race that drew just six 3-year-olds, making for the shortest field of the day. Quiet Invader, trained by Bob Baffert, figures as a clear-cut second choice.

First post Saturday is 10:45 a.m. Eastern.