4-Year-Old Filly Records Popular Gate-to-Wire Triumph
BALTIMORE, Md. – Klaravich Stable, Inc.’s Technical analysis (IRE) looked completely at ease on his first visit to historic Pimlico Racecourse, picking up his third high stakes score with a popular triumph in the lead in Saturday’s $150,000 Gallorette (G3) .
The 71st the 1 1/16 mile Gallorette race for fillies and mares 3 and older on grass was the second of 10 stakes, six classified, worth $2.75 million on a program success of 14 races titled by the 147and Preakness Stakes (G1), central jewel of the triple crown.
Under jockey Jose Ortiz, Technical Analysis ($3.20) covered the distance in 1:41.40 on a firm course to give trainer Chad Brown his fourth Gallorette victory, previously won with Zagora in 2012, Pianist in 2013 and Watsdachances in 2015. Brown and Ortiz will team up again later Saturday with Early Voting in the Preakness.
Favored 3-5 over five rivals, Technical Analysis was fastest from the gate and in front by splits of 24.37 and 48.54 seconds, followed on the outside by Foggy Dreams 50-1. Crystal Cliffs, winner of the April 2 Sand Springs at Gulfstream Park on her return after nearly nine months out, saved ground on the rail in third until jockey Tyler Gaffalione left the far corner. Crystal Cliffs briefly engaged with the leader before technical analysis sprinted into the lane to win by 3 ¼ lengths.
Crystal Cliffs finished second clear, three lengths ahead of In a Hurry. Out of Sorts, Karakatsie and Foggy Dreams completed the order of finish.
Bred in Ireland, Technical Analysis won Lake George (G3) and Lake Placid (G2) in succession last summer in Saratoga. La Gallorette was just her second start since finishing second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland last October. She was beaten by half a length in the one-mile Plenty of Grace on April 16 at Aqueduct, her first try against older horses.
Gallorette retired in 1948 as the world’s first winning mare, with earnings of $445,535. She won 21 of 72 starts and placed in 39 stakes, winning the 1945 Pimlico Oaks and being named the 1946 Handicap Mare Champion. She was elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1962.
Gallorette (G3) bids of $150,000
Winner Trainer Chad Brown, Technical Analysis“She knew how to take control of the race, which looked like on paper, which made her the big favorite here. So relieved to see her react. Once she took control of the ride going down the rear, I felt pretty good. She’s been tested, by, what I think is a really good filly [Crystal Cliffs] spinning for the house that moved her early and tried her out.
“I was very interested to see how she reacted after her first race of the year. [second in the Plenty of Grace Stakes at Aqueduct April 16] where she made a wide trip and got beaten, it was a good solid run, but the second run after the layoff would really tell me where we’re heading, and it looks like we’re headed for a good place.
Winning jockey Jose Ortiz, technical analysis“I was just a passenger. She was by far the best today. She looked like that on paper, and she just went out there and did what she had to do. Chad had prepared it.
“She’s a bit eccentric. You don’t fight with her. Just let her be happy and find a good rhythm. She was relaxed, that’s the main thing. She didn’t pay attention to the infield and I was very happy out back.
“She just keeps getting better. Her speed and turn are dangerous in any race. I think she will be a contender in the division. Chad has a lot of them. He will decide where to put her next. time.
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