After a couple of near misses in graded stakes company, Irish-bred No Explaining finally held on for the first black-type score of her career when she prevailed impressively by a length over a strong late challenge from two rivals in the $100,000 Omnilife Gallorette Handicap (gr. III) May 21 at Pimlico (VIDEO).
The Gallorette also marked the first win at the Baltimore track for 4-year-old No Explaining, who is trained by Roger Attfield for Richard Bonnycastle’s Harlequin Ranches.
Longshot My Sweet Nenana set the early pace, clicking off fractions of :24.36, :49.36, and 1:15.01 with Baltimore Belle stalking in second. No Explaining raced comfortably in third under jockey John Velazquez.
The race began to change coming into the final turn, when No Explaining moved to the front, with Dyna Waltz on her heels. Desert Sage began to gain momentum from the outside, while Dyna Waltz, advancing on the inside, challenged No Explaining for the lead.
Holding on valiantly to her lead, No Explaining completed the distance in 1:46.65 on a track rated good, with a dead-heat photo between Dyna Waltz and Desert Sage to place.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Shared Account settled for fourth in her first start of the year. The 125-pound highweight in the field of eight fillies and mares was sent off as the 3-2 favorite for trainer Graham Motion.
“It was a perfect trip," Velazquez said of No Explaining's win. "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.”
No Explaining, a daughter of Azamour, went off at odds of 3-1, paid $8.80, $3.60, and $3. Desert Sage returned $2.60 and $3, and Dyna Waltz paid $3.60 to show.
Bred by P. Byrne, Eimear Mulhern, and B. Grassick, No Explaining is out of the Green Desert mare Claustra. The filly, who was a $57,764 purchase at the 2008 Goff’s Orby Million and Sportsman’s yearling sale, made her first three starts in England, where she broke her maiden at 2.
No Explaining came to the United States in 2010 and finished third in both the Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga and Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, plus two other stakes in Canada. She came into the Gallorette off an allowance victory at Keeneland April 16, her first start in nearly six months.
No Explaining now holds a record of 5-0-4 from 11 starts, for earnings of $225,279.