03/13/2010 12:00AM

Two dropping for Philadelphia allowance

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Barbara D. Livingston
Pashito the Che has earned triple-digit Beyer Figures in his last five starts, which have all come in stakes company.

Pashito the Che, who has strung together five consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures against stakes company, and Ravalo, whose 2009 season included a Grade 3 stakes victory and a half-length loss in a Grade 1 race, make a rare non-stakes appearance in Monday's featured ninth race at Philadelphia Park.

The six-furlong allowance, which carries a $46,000 purse, is restricted to horses who have not won a first-place purse of $17,500 three times since Sept. 15.

Although the 4-year-old Pashito the Che has won three stakes since that date, he remains eligible because one of those races was restricted to Florida-breds, and statebred stakes are not considered in the conditions of the race.

In his last appearance locally, Pashito the Che got up by a nose in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap in October.

Based at Delaware Park with trainer Scott Lake, Pashito the Che has posted five straight Beyer Figures between 101 and 108, but has only three victories to show for his efforts. He was nosed out in both the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct and the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30, his last start.

His main competition in the field of six older sprinters is the 6-year-old Ravalo, who was given some time off by trainer Donald Barr after two consecutive failures as the odds-on favorite in stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack and Laurel Park.

Before those losses, Ravalo had finished second in the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial Dash. Last April, he won the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico.

Ravalo prepped for his comeback by working a best-of-32 five furlongs in 1:00.80 on March 6. The last seven times Ravalo has raced following a layoff of 31 to 60 days, he has five wins and a second.

The other four horses in the field all seem a cut or two below Pashito the Che and Ravalo. The best of them looks like the Maryland-based Great Love, a two-time stakes winner as a 3-year-old last season who has been off since November. His trainer, John Robb, shows a good 6-for-27 record (22 percent) with sprinters returning from a break of 61 to 180 days, according to DRF's Formulator.