BALTIMORE, OCT. 9 -- With easier spots available, trainer Ron Alfano put Ringing on the soft turf Maryland Million day, and the gelding produced his first stakes victory. It won't get any easier for Ringing Saturday, when he is scheduled to face eight other 3-year-olds in the $50,000-added Japan Racing Association Handicap at Pimlico.

"He's still covered by a lot of conditions," Alfano said of Ringing today. "There are a lot of {allowance} races he's eligible for, races that would be a lot softer than these stakes. It gives us something to fall back on."

Racing secretary Larry Abbundi assigned Ringing 114 pounds for the 1 1/16-mile turf race, two fewer than Ten Keys, who in his last start won the Timely Writer Handicap at Suffolk Downs, and Green Book, who has finished fourth or better in his last eight Maryland stakes.

Ringing is effective on the lead or from off the pace, on dirt or turf. He has won two of seven turf races this year, two of eight grass races.

"Ringing, I think, is equally as good on the dirt," Alfano said. "But we'll stick to the grass because it's been working for us."

Mario Pino is due to ride Ringing, who had Laffit Pincay aboard when he beat entry-mate North Lord in the Ryland Group Maryland Turf on Maryland Million day. Pino rode Ten Keys to the Timely Writer victory for his brother, trainer Michael Pino.

Donald Miller Jr. was named to ride Ten Keys, Vince Bracciale Jr. on Green Book.

No favorites won today at Pimlico, meaning no betting choice has won in 21 consecutive races.