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.”