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2007 Preakness Undercard Results

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Diabolical wins the Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap
Diabolical  wins the Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap

Diabolical wins the Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (G3)

© Terence Dulay
Seven older horses went to the gate in the $200,000 Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (G3). Even-money favorite Diabolical ran to expectation, stalking the pace of 9-2 Talent Search through a half in 44.65 and 5/8 in 56.53, then taking command inside the 1/8 pole to prevail by 3/4 length in a time of 1:09.16 for 6 furlongs on the main track . It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 5-1 Semaphore Man in third.

Jockey Mario Pino said, "He broke well, like a quarter horse, and relaxed nicely down the backstretch. I wanted to keep the heat on. The inside horse kept shaking free a little at a time, so I wanted to continue putting the pressure on him. So I kept putting pressure on him, and he responded nicely."

His owner Jeff Puglisi added, "We had to win today. At 4-5, he better win. He's faced a lot of tough competition in his last two races. It's been one war after another. He's 1-2-3 every race."
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