Dynaforce Return Part of Preakness Undercard
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 5/14/2009 5:03:55 PM
Last Updated: 5/16/2009 12:19:28 PM
Grade I winner Dynaforce makes her 2009 debut in the Gallorette Handicap.
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Grade I winner Dynaforce makes her 2009 bow for Bill Mott in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT), while Lael Stables' Ready Set looks best in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III). The pair of $100,000 events are part of a graded stakes bonanza on Preakness Day at Pimlico May 16.
The Schaefer, at 1 1/16 miles for older males, drew a field of seven, while the Gallorette, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf, attracted eight.
John A. Chandler's 6-year-old homebred Dynaforce, carrying top weight of 122 pounds, is a standout on class in the Gallorette. She captured the Flower Bowl (gr. IT) by four lengths on yielding ground at Belmont Park Sept. 27 before concluding her season placing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita one month later.
After beginning her career in France, the daughter of Dynaformer enjoyed a strong campaign in New York with Mott last year. In addition to winning the Flower Bowl, she had close runner-up finishes to Mauralakana in the New York (gr. IIT) in her American debut at Belmont in June and to female turf champion Forever Together in Saratoga's Diana (gr. IT) five weeks later.
She'll be ridden by Garrett Gomez for the first time while spotting her rivals between six and 12 pounds.
All Is Vanity, who ran second in last year's Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIT) and started her 2009 campaign with a third-place finish in a grass stake at Gulfstream Park April 11, is a leading contender in the Gallorette. Social Queen ran third in Belmont's May 2 Beaugay (gr. IIIT) for trainer Alan Goldberg.
Ready Set, who won the West Virginia Derby (gr. III) last year at Mountaineer, makes his 2009 debut for trainer Michael Matz in the Schaefer. The 4-year-old son of Touch Gold has won four of 14 starts in his career while earning $657,050.
Also in the field is Darley Stable's Ea, a rallying second at odds of 28-1 in the $500,000 Charles Town Classic April 18. Tom Albertrani trains the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding, an allowance winner at Gulfstream in his prior start.
Local hopes Richard's Kid, Cave's Valley, and Crimson Comic all have a shot.
Richard's Kid won the John Campbell Handicap at Laurel in February before turning in a pair of off-the-board performances in stakes efforts over sloppy tracks for trainer Richard Small. He draws the services of Calvin Borel and will carry top weight of 124.
Cave's Valley, conditioned by Michael Trombetta, turned in a three-length win in a seven-furlong allowance race at Laurel March 26.
Crimson Comic, after a pair of sharp allowance wins at Laurel this season, ran a decent fourth in the one-mile Henry Clark Stakes on the Pimlico turf April 25. The 4-year-old Distorted Humor colt pressed the pace before weakening late.
Chilean-bred Real Merchant appears to be rounding into form for trainer Seth Benzel.
$100,000 William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III, Race 4, 11:48 a.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Cave's Valley , J Rose, 118
2. Real Merchant (CHI), J R Velazquez, 118
3. Ea, J Castellano, 118
4. Crimson Comic, E S Prado, 118
5. Richard's Kid, C H Borel, 124
6. Ready Set, J R Leparoux, 118
7. No Advantage, J D Acosta, 118
$100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III, Race 7, 1:55 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Royalties, J Rose, 112
2. All Is Vanity (FR), A Garcia, 116
3. Shytoe Lafeet, G Saez, 113
4. Viva La Flag, J R Velazquez, 110
5. Quiet Meadow, E Coa, 113
6. Tejida, J R Leparoux, 114
7. Social Queen, No Rider, 114
8. Dynaforce, G K Gomez, 122
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