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Revolutionary Surges in Pimlico Special

Despite a card of races marred by wet weather and scratches, a full field of nine horses went to the gate in an exciting renewal of the Grade 3 Pimlico Special, which saw Revolutionary surge late for the win.
In his last start, and first start since February, Revolutionary was second in the Oaklawn Handicap, beaten just half a length by Will Take Charge. The WinStar Farm owned colt entered the Pimlico Special as the 2-1 favorite.
Using his customary late running technique, Revolutionary was close to twenty lengths off of the brisk pace set by Valid.  The Todd Pletcher trainee still lagged behind as they hit the half mile in :46.98. Coming around the far turn, there was less than three furlongs to run, and Revolutionary started to unleash his powerful stretch drive.
Meanwhile, there was a fight on the front end as Moreno and Prayer For Relief dueled with a determined Cat Burglar who was trying to sneak between the two rivals while Valid faded out of contention. Revolutionary blazed down the center of the track, picking off horses with every stride. In a well-timed ride by Mike Smith, Revolutionary passed the wire in front, beating Prayer for Relief by a neck. It was 1 ½ lengths back to Cat Burglar, who stole third place by a neck over Moreno. They raced the 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.99.
Revolutionary paid $6.40 to win. Prayer For Relief paid $7.20 for second and Cat Burglar was third, paying $4.60. The exacta paid $74.00, the $2.00 Trifecta was $434.20 and the $2.00 Superfecta rewarded backers with $873.00.
Revolutionary, a son of War Pass, is out of the Alabama Stakes heroine Runup The Colors, who is a daughter of A.P. Indy. The dark bay colt has a 12-5-2-3 ($1,347,600) race record.



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Thx Andy,do you know how this figure falls in line with his lifetime bests.
106 BSF for Revolutionary.
J it is not about being right. I can understand what you are saying. Just put yourself in the owners spot and you owned Revo. You naturally would love yourcolt and more than likely want to run in all of the premiere races coming up. What would you say if for example(he would never do it) Todd said to you,i would rather run PM or some other horse in that spot and slot you elsewhere. I am sure you would have a good laugh.Personally today did not change my opinion of Revo. I find him to be a very good horse,but at his best he is in no way competetive with the Very best at their best. Between he and PM,i definately believe that PM is the better horse.Also you have to understand,he only won by a small margin today,1 length and he could of been 4th. Not to diminish his accomplishment at all,he won the race and that is all that matters. But the way i look at races,1 length at the wire,especially if more than 2 horses are involved. It does take a bit of racing luck. If i had to look at the race objectively and was asked who i thought the best horse in the race was today. I would say Marino,he disputed the fast pace and was there at the end for the Finish Line photo. Can't ask more than that
I'm hoping the Whitney gets a great field this year with 1.5 million as the purse and of course being at saratoga. It would be nice to see a race that includes PM, Revolutionary, Will Take Charge, Mucho Macho Man, and maybe Game on Dude, doubt Baffert will ship east with him though.
I agree with tmallios. I dont think there is any way PM runs in suburban. I'm expecting the same schedule that cross traffic had last year for Palace Malice. Met Mile, Whitney, JCGC, and then Classic after that.
Ur absolutely right tmallios, either way, the older male division got a lot more interesting with revolutionary's win today
The next time these 2 will possibly meet will be in The Whitney and then The JCGC and The BC Classic . Win or lose i would be absolutely shocked if PM ever ran in the Suburban. To run him there would mean 5 races ,that is a bit much. He should let PM get his legs back under him and get ready for The Championship run. In theory it is great to able to keep horses apart. As much as Todd Pletcher determines where horses run, owners will never take a back seat to another horse in the same barn because they are trained by the same trainer. In their eyes he is the competition ,the same as any other horse.
Tmallios, I was just sayin that because a lot of trainers take their top runners and separate them, I really want to see these two race against each other again, like in the Suburban on 7/5, that is if Palace Malice wins though
I do ;)
Jbyrnes they are owned by separate people. They faced each other in The Derby and The Belmont Stakes. To Todd they are separate entities just like any other horses in his barn. As it stands now,both will be pointed to G1 races in the summer and Fall Months. Either one of these 2 horses are far from sure shots to win all of their races. The way Pletcher sees it,the more live Ammo the better. Do you honestly think he cares which one wins the race.
Curious to see what Pletcher does with him and Palace Malice, wonder if they will face each other or Pletcher keeps them apart
Have always liked Revolutionary. Nice to see him back in top form.
Now that was an impressive closing move by Revolutionary. Another promising runner in the handicap male division.

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