Sunday, May 22, 2011

No Explaining Surges to Win Omnilife Gallorette Handicap Shared Account Finishes Fourth

BALTIMORE –05-21-11 – Harlequin Ranches’ No Explaining (IRE) came off the rail and powered to victory in $100,000 Omnilife Gallorette Handicap (G3) over the turf course at Pimlico.

Shared Account, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf winner, closed from off the pace to finish fourth while conceding 10-13 pounds to her rivals in her 2011 debut.

No Explaining, under John Velazquez, completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.65. Desert Sage and Dyna Waltz finished in a dead heat for second.

Roger Attfield trains No Explaining, who left the maiden ranks in England in 2009. She won two races in 2010 and made a successful 2011 debut with a win on the turf on April 16 at Keeneland. The Gallorette is her first stakes victory.

No Explaining paid $8.80.

Gallorette Handicap Quotes

John Velazquez (winning, jockey, No Explaining) – “It was a perfect trip. There were a couple of speedy horses in there and I had to bide my time thinking that the good horses are coming from behind anyway. At the quarter pole, I put her in the clear and she put in a good fight. She was much better today than when I rode her last year definitely. She was more professional, more willing to do it and handled the track much better.”

Chad Brown (trainer, Desert Sage, dh-2nd) – “She ran huge. Julien and I were discussing it. He probably should have moved a little sooner. He felt like he had so much horse, he just rated. She’s a little bit one-paced down the lane and doesn’t have an explosive kick. The pace is a little slow for her. I’m proud of her to run into a slow pace.”

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Desert Sage, dh-2nd) – “She ran a pretty good race today. I was right behind the winner on the backside. I felt like she was going to give me a good kick, but she actually just has a nice stride. The winner just got away from us today. Next time, I’ll keep her closer.”

Ramon Dominguez (jockey, Dyna Waltz, dh-2nd) – “We had a really good trip. We kept picking it up. The rest of it is no excuses for us. She ran a good race today and we just didn’t get there.”

Graham Motion (trainer, Shared Account, 4th) – “She was giving everybody 10 pounds so we knew we were up against it. We were worried about it, but unfortunately we didn’t have another option. If we had, I probably would have taken it. This is all about getting her started. She’s going to go a mile and a quarter the rest of the way and be on our way to another good year. We’re going to run her in New York in her next start in about a month. She’s coming along great.”

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