BALTIMORE – Making her debut on the Pimlico Race Course turf, L.T.B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing Inc.’s homebred Mizz Money emerged from a three-horse photo with a head victory in the 65th running of the $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) on Saturday.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Mizz Money ($11.80) stalked pacesetting Josdesanimaux through six furlongs, edged away to a short lead in mid-stretch and held off late bids from 70-1 long shot Vielsalm and Heath for her second graded-stakes victory.
The winning time over a good turf course was 1:45.93 for 1 1/16 miles. Vielsalm was second, a nose ahead of Heath with Flying Tipat closing late for fourth.
Winner of the Pucker Up (G3) last August at Arlington Park, the 4-year-old Mizzen Mast filly earned her second straight narrow victory following her nose win in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 26.
It was the fourth career Gallorette victory for jockey Javier Castellano and second straight, following Watsdachances in 2015. He also won with Zagora in 2012 and Ozone Bere in 2006.
Stella Artois Gallorette Stakes Quotes
Winning Trainer Bernard Flint (Mizz Money): “What a hard-fought race. My heart was pounding all the way through the stretch and everybody took their shots at her, but she was best today. I knew the forecast called for heavy rain and I was just hoping it would stay good enough for it to stay on the turf, because I didn’t want to run her on an off track. This is special because we bred her and it’s like having one of your children go out and succeed.”
Winning Jockey Javier Castellano (Mizz Money): “She was really relaxed early on. We were really going slow early. I liked the way she did it today. At the top of the stretch, she gained a little bit. When she saw the other horses coming, she took off again. When she did that showed me a lot of heart.”
Trainer Lynn Ashby (Vielsalm, 2nd): “We have been aiming for this race. She had been doing wonderfully lately. We raced her short coming into this race to get her ready. She loves the turf, so we’ll be looking for what turf races will fit her best in the near future. My owner, Brooke Bowman, raised her himself.
Jockey Forest Boyce (Vielsalm, 2nd): “She sure tried. It was something special, because Brooke (Bowman) had horses with Dickie (Small), and I used to work for Dickie, so that was cool.”
Rodolph Brisset, Assistant to trainer Bill Mott (Heath, 3rd): “He did a good job getting after it, going into a paceless race. She broke flat and you just have to wait. She put in a good run. She trained real well coming in and she’s going to win one soon.”
Jockey Florent Geroux (Heath, 3rd): “The filly ran great. There was just a lack pace, not much pace, especially on the backside. She finished great. I wish the race had (sped) up a little bit early on. They sprinted the last quarter of a mile. I didn’t have traffic trouble where I was. I could swing her outside when I wanted to, and she raced a great race. It’s tough to get beat nose in a race like this.”
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