Edgar Prado had Galloping Gal rolling late and she just got up in the final strides to beat Gingham and Lace and Jerry Bailey in the Edgewood Stakes, the first added-money event on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs.
Bailey shot to the lead in the stretch and it looked like he was home free. But Galloping Gal was just finding her best stride in the middle of the yielding turf course. Owned by Bill Carl and trained by Ken McPeek, the 3-year-old Victory Gallop
filly edged by in the final few strides.
"She was rolling pretty good there at the finish and I thought I was going to get up," Prado said. "They got a lot of stretch to work in here and it was enough for me today."
"She disappointed us with her last two efforts, but today she made up for it," McPeek said. "Last out, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. She acted up in the paddock and then got in trouble. We worked with her to get her relaxed, and today she was perfect. I thought the softer ground actually helped her."
Bred in Maryland by Jackie Huckaby, Galloping Gal was winning her fourth race in eight starts. She won the Jessamine County on the turf at Keeneland last year at two after being stakes-placed (second in the Alcibades, gr. II) on the dirt. She earned $72,354 to increase her bankroll to $277,238.
She covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:43 after Gimme Some Love and Last Waltz set the early fractions of :23.59, :47.24 and 1:11.79. Gingham and Lace hit the lead as the mile split was 1:36.81.
Galloping Gal paid $17.20, $8.60, and $6.80, while Gingham and Lace returned $6 and $4.20. Dynaville was third and paid $5.80.
Vous, the lukewarm 7-2 betting choice, finished fourth.
"I don't know what happened, but she didn't fire," trainer Tim Hills said. "She was just one-paced the whole way."