11/06/2004 12:00AM

Pimlico: Aggadan takes Challedon

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Aggadan rallies from off the pace to win the Challedon Stakes at Pimlico under Eibar Coa. The victory was his third in nine starts this year.

When Crossing Point opened up a two-length lead entering the stretch of the $75,000 Challedon Stakes at Pimlico, it looked as if a gate-to-wire victory could be in the making. But Eibar Coa, the rider of Aggadan, had everything under control. Coa didn't ask Aggadan for his best until midstretch, and when he did, Aggadan quickly reeled in Crossing Point and went on to a 1 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong race. Private Opening got up for second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of a fading Crossing Point.

Aggadan ($3.80) sat in third while Crossing Point led Move to Strike through fractions of 22.74 seconds and 45.32. Crossing Point spurted away from Move to Strike turning for home, but Aggadan, who earlier this year had finished second to Ghostzapper in the Grade 2 Tom Fool, was simply too good. Aggadan, owned by Sanford Goldfarb and trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., covered the six furlongs in 1:10.03 to earn his third win from nine starts this year.