Reggae rebuffs Rebuff for second time in row Pimlico notebook


They raced nine days earlier in a $30,600 allowance race and Argentine-bred Reggae defeated the fast-closing Rebuff by half a length for the victory.

Yesterday's $35,000 Bald Eagle Stakes at Pimlico Race Cours was practically a rerun of that meeting.

Reggae, with Mario Pino aboard, took the lead in mid-stretch an held off Rebuff by a neck to record his second straight turf victory over a 1 3/8 -mile distance.

The early pacesetter, Master Dreamer, finished third behin Rebuff, who was second for the fifth straight time.

"He was really relaxed today," said Pino after Reggae rallied fro fourth and showed he could handle two more furlongs than he had been accustomed to going.

Reggae, who carries the colors of Luis de Hechavarria, has three wins and a second in his past four starts.

The third choice in the wagering, Reggae returned $9.20 to win running the distance in 2 minutes, 17 4/5 seconds.

Pic-6 offered Saturday

Pimlico will offer Pic-6 wagering Saturday beginning with the fifth race, the Maryland Million Handicap, and culminating with the Preakness.

It will be a one-day, all-stakes affair with the pot going to th bettors picking the most winners.

Prado aboard Valley Crossing

Trainer Richard Small has named top Maryland jockey Edgar Prado to ride Robert Meyerhoff's Valley Crossing in the Pimlico Special.

Prado has not ridden the horse since last year's Special whe Valley Crossing made a big move before flattening out and finishing fifth.

Trainer Ben Glass is using Prado to work Rockamundo and i considering him for the Preakness mount.

Early Times Dixie attracts 9

Nine horses have been named for the $150,000-guaranteed Early Times Dixie, a Grade III stakes race that is the secondary feature on Friday's card.

Claiborne Farm's Lure and Star Of Cozzene, owned by Team Valor, are expected to draw the most action from bettors in the 1 1/8 -mile test on the turf.

Familiar local runners in the field include Finder's Choice, Older

But Smarter, Baron de Vaux and Social Retiree.

Gold rush

Defending Pimlico Special winner Strike the Gold will complete his preparations for this year's race with a half-mile workout at 6:15 a.m.

B6 Trainer Nick Zito pronounced his horse "ready."

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