John Salzman Jr. and Fred Wasserloos' The Great Ronaldo, off slowly from the gate, came storming down the middle of the track to capture Sunday's finale at Laurel Park and give jockey Jevian Toledo the first win in his third mount since returning March 9 from injury.
Toledo, Maryland's leading rider in 2015 and 2017, had been out since fracturing two vertebrae in his middle back and suffering a collapsed lung in a spill during training hours Jan. 21 at Laurel.
“It feels so, so good. I can't explain it,” Toledo said. “When you cross the wire in front, and even just being on horses, that's what I love. I am so happy right now.
“I was out about seven weeks. I was around the house and didn't do much but by the fifth week I started running and getting fit and going to the gym and rode the bike and swam in the pool, as well,” he added. “I got back on horses for about two weeks and got back in shape quick.”
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