08/18/2011 2:50PM

Remington Sprint Cup lures Ravalo from Maryland

Tom Keyser
Ravalo is coming out of a quickly run race. He will be making his second appearance in the Remington Sprint Cup.

Ravalo will face a strong field of nine older horses in Saturday night’s $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup, but the race should go a little slower than the one he exits. He was third to Force Freeze in the Teddy Drone last month at Monmouth Park, with the winner zipping six furlongs in 1:07.60.

“I think Force Freeze ran a fifth off the track record,” said Donald Barr, who trains Ravalo for Lindy Redding. “I thought [Ravalo] ran a pretty credible race. He lost some ground around the outside, maybe had a shot for second, but he wasn’t going to beat that winner. I thought he ran credible, and that’s sort of why we ended up at Remington.”

Barr shipped Ravalo to Oklahoma City from his Laurel base in Maryland earlier this week, with the horse arriving Monday after a stopover in Kentucky. It is the second time the millionaire Ravalo has made the journey for the Remington Sprint Cup. Ravalo was third by a half-length in the six-furlong race in 2009. He will be one of the top choices Saturday against a field that includes Ducky Drake, a 9-year-old who has won his last three starts including the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap, Chief of Affairs, a stakes winner this spring at Oaklawn, and Captain Cherokee, a half-brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute.

Ravalo’s company lines make him appealing. Force Freeze is a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, while Jersey Town, the runner-up in the Teddy Drone, won the Grade  1 Cigar Mile last November. Ravalo could also get a favorable pace setup Saturday. There is a good deal of speed to his inside, which would flatter the off-the-pace tactics the gelding, who is 7, has been employing of late.

“He used to have to go duke it out on the front end,” Barr said. “He’s gotten older now and he will lay off the pace and make a run. He’s gotten to be an older campaigner. It looks like there’s a lot of speed in this race. The best thing to do would be to try to lay off the pace a little bit.”

Ravalo drew an accommodating post, and he will break from gate 8 under Jeffrey Sanchez.

Barr said later this year Ravalo could come under consideration for the De Francis Dash at Laurel on Oct. 22.

Worldly leads Governor’s Cup

In the $100,000 Governor’s Cup, Worldly leads a field of seven older horses, including three he defeated last month when he powered to a four-length win in the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap. Red Lead, Black Hills, and Going Ballistic finished a respective second, third, and fifth in that mile and a quarter race, and all return for the Governor’s Cup.

Worldly left his Churchill Downs base for Remington on Thursday, said his trainer, Paul McGee. McGee had been searching for the right kind of race for Worldly and decided on the mile and an eighth Governor’s Cup in part because of how it flows with the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup scheduled to be run Oct. 8 at Hawthorne.

“I’ve got the Hawthorne race in mind because it’s a mile and a quarter,” McGee said. “The Remington Park race gets him six or seven weeks out from the Hawthorne race. The timing was good, and the mile and an eighth was good.”

Worldly, who races for Jay Em Ess Stable, is out of the multiple Grade 1 winning mare Urbane and is a full brother to millionaire Suave. He will break from post 6 under Shane Laviolette.