Ryvit Turns Tables on Damon's Mound in Steel Valley


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Ryvit wins the Steel Valley Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Showing a new dimension in the $300,000 Steel Valley Sprint Stakes, Ryvit  rallied from the back of the pack to claim the victory Nov. 20 at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Typically forwardly-placed, jockey Keith Asmussen anchored the colt back on Monday after he was barreled into at the start by favored Damon's Mound . Racing well off a three-way speed duel between Damon's Mound, Super Chow , and Uncashed , Ryvit saved ground around the rail and was angled into the clear at the top of the stretch.

Damon's Mound clung to his lead past a half-mile in :45.26 but was drifting out noticeably during the stretch run and lost his advantage when Ryvit rallied past him down the center of the stretch in the final sixteenth.

Ryvit, 2 1/4 lengths clear at the wire, raced the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:10.65.

Damon's Mound, who had defeated Ryvit in their last meeting in the Sept. 23 Gallant Bob Stakes (G2) at Parx Racing, finished second. Super Chow was four lengths back in third.

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Raced by William and Corinne Heiligbrodt and trained by Asmussen's father, Steve Asmussen, 3-year-old Ryvit registered the fourth stakes win of his career and boosted his earnings to $658,484. The Steel Valley was the Competitive Edge   colt's first time visiting the winner's circle since he had a five-race win streak snapped earlier this year in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2).