Strength in Numbers for Team Casse in Gallorette (G3)

$150,000 Grass Stakes Draws Competitive Field of 12
 
BALTIMORE – Though it will be active throughout the weekend with starters in nine of the 15 stakes on tap at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Mark Casse’s team will be at its busiest about two hours before saddling Fellowship in the 141st Preakness (G1).
 
Josdesanimaux and Ol’ Fashion Gal will represent Team Casse in the 65th running of the $150,000 Gallorette (G3) for females 3 and up going 1 1/16 miles on the grass.
 
The Gallorette is one of eight stakes, four graded, worth $2.45 million that help comprise the 14-race Preakness Day program, anchored by the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. 
 
A 4-year-old bay daughter of 2005 champion grass horse Leroidesanimaux, Palm Beach Racing’s Josdesanimaux is making her second start of the year after finishing second as the favorite in the Distaff Turf Stakes April 9 at Tampa Bay Downs, her first race in seven months. Prior to that, she had won four of five starts with the exception of a May 6 allowance at Belmont Park where she stumbled and lost her rider.
 
“She ran good last time,” Norm Casse, son and assistant to his father, said. “If you go back and watch the race, there were quick fractions the horse that won kind of got away with a little bit of an easy lead. We were further back than we thought we’d be. We made a big run but just couldn’t catch the horse that was up front early. Really, we’re happy with the way she ran under the circumstances and since that race she has trained really well. We expect her to move forward.”
 
Bill and Vicki Poston Racing’s Ol’ Fashion Gal is already a multiple Grade 3 winner, having taken the 2014 Jimmy Durante on the grass at Del Mar and the Selene last May over Woodbine’s synthetic surface. She didn’t race again until finishing second to Mississippi Delta in South Florida, and came back to run second by a length in a third-level allowance April 20 on the Keeneland turf.
 
“She had a little bit of a tough trip at Keeneland, but she’s now going to be on her third start off the layoff,” Casse said. “She figures to run her best race in the Gallorette.”
 
Winner of the 1 1/8-mile Maryland Million Ladies last fall at Laurel Park, Monster Sleeping opened her 7-year-old season with a gutsy head victory in a 5 ½-furlong third-level allowance April 3, rallying after being passed in the stretch by next-out winner Two Wonders. Based at Laurel with trainer Dale Capuano, she is 1-for-3 lifetime at the Gallorette distance and owns two wins in four tries at Pimlico.
 
In her career, Monster Sleeping has 10 wins, 10 seconds and nine thirds with purse earnings of $516,707 from 48 starts.
 
“She’s game. She’s better this year than she was last year, at this point anyway, so we’re hopeful that she’ll have a good season,” Capuano said. “If she could just hit the board in the Grade 3, that would help her out a lot.”
 
Mizz Money, winner of the 2015 Pucker Up (G3) coming off a nose victory in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 26; 2015 Valley View (G3) winner Tiger Ride; Ginger N Rye and Nisharora, who ran 2-3 in the April 16 Dahlia Stakes at Laurel; Peace Prize, a stakes winner in England making her second North American start; recent allowance winners Camille Claudel, Flying Tipat and Heath; and Maryland-bred Vielsalm round out the field.