Baffert's Ventana wins controversial Maryland Sprint

May 21, 2011|By The Baltimore Sun

Ventana, trained by Bob Baffert, prevailed down the stretch to win the $100,000 AMResorts Maryland Sprint Handicap.

The win was not without controversy. Second-place jockey Travis Dunkelberger, who rode Immortal Eyes, claimed that Martin Garcia had interfered during the late stages of the stretch run. The stewards did not rule in his favor. Ventana won by a neck and paid $5.20.

“I think the other horse and I were pretty close, but I corrected right away,” Garcia said. “It looked like I had contact, but I really didn’t. It’s been a while since I won on him, so it felt good.”

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