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2010 Preakness Undercard Results


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Taqarub wins the Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3)
Taqarub wins the Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3)

Taqarub (outside) wins the Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) at Pimlico

© Terence Dulay
The $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) is for older sprinters going 6 furlongs on the main track. Jockey Eibar Coa sent 13-1 Taqarub to the front to set the pace, getting fractions of 23.03 and 45.57 while being stalked by Despite the Odds. On the turn, Despite the Odds tired allowing Taqarub to open up a 1 1/2 length lead in mid-stretch through 5/8 in 57.33. 5-1 Roaring Lion came through on the rail but Taqarub easily held him off by a length to win in 1:10.02. It was a head back to Ravalo third, while favorite Snapshot disappointed in fifth.

Andrew St. Lawrence, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "He broke sharp and got right up there. Speed seems to be holding pretty well today. I think it suits this horse. He's a pretty talented animal. As a 2-year-old turning 3, he was very good on the dirt at Aqueduct, so we weren't entirely surprised by this run today."

Jockey Eibar Coa added, "Actually I was kind of surprised that somebody wasn't after him. There were a lot of horses with speed in here on paper. I got out there and waited for someone to come by me, but they never did. I wanted to be close, but I just kind of inherited the lead."
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