A year ago Kevin Plank was fired up about his Shared Account’s seasonal bow in the Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT). The owner of Sagamore Farm was anxious to see his filly win in front of the home crowd at Pimlico and was disappointed in her fourth-place finish, albeit she was only beaten three-quarters of a length.
What goes around often comes around, and Shared Account did, finishing off her five-race campaign last year with a sensational win over Midday in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Shared Account kicks off her 5-year-old campaign with another run at the Gallorette. Don’t expect to see 6-1 odds on her again in the 1 1/16-mile turf event. The Gallorette—named for the Maryland-bred champion Hall of Fame female—goes as race 9 on the Preakness day card.
The daughter of Pleasantly Perfect —Silk N’ Sapphire, by Smart Strike , has been training well at the Fair Hill training center under the care of Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion, sporting a steady string of published workouts dating back to late February. Shared Account will be ridden by Edgar Prado in the Gallorette and tote 125 pounds, spotting 10-13 pounds to her seven rivals.
Her slate of 6-4-1 from 15 starts and $1.6 million in earnings towers over the field. Last year she bounced back off the Gallorette loss to win the All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs, and then finished second, beaten a head, by Proviso in the Diana Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga. Only one of her rivals, No Explaining, is a graded stakes performer.
On paper her toughest competition figures to come from J.H. Richmond-Watson’s homebred Desert Sage and Larry Johnson’s Baltimore Belle.
Desert Sage, a maiden winner in her native Great Britain last year, has notched a pair of back-to-back wins on the grass earlier this year at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Chad Brown, the daughter of Selkirk rallied from 11th to win going away in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race March 18. She came back April 24 at nine furlongs and drew off again from a cast of optional claiming/allowance types. Julien Leparoux has the mount.
Local hero Baltimore Belle, a 4-year-old by Bowman's Band—Gabby’s Love, by Perkin Warbeck, stalked the pace, then went clear April 23 at Pimlico in an off-the-turf renewal of the Dahlia Stakes. She has a pair of wins from four turf efforts. Baltimore Belle is cross entered in the Allaire du Pont Distaff Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Other dangers include Gary Chervenell’s Joharmony, winner of last year’s Hilltop Stakes over the same surface and trip; Harlequin Ranches’ No Explaining, third in the Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland last October; and Augustin Stable’s Dyna Waltz, third in her U.S. debut going 1 5/8 miles on the Polytrack April 23 at Keeneland.
Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT), Pimlico, $100,000, 1 1/16 miles, older fillies and mares, race 9, approx. post 3:35 p.m.
Post – Horse – Wgt. – Jockey – ML
1 – My Sweet Nenana – 113 – C. Ho – 30-1
2 – No Explaining – 115 – J. Velazquez – 4-1
3 – Theda’s Smile – 113 – No rider – 30-1
4 – Baltimore Belle – 115 – J. Pimentel – 20-1
5 – Joharmony – 114 – No rider – 15-1
6 – Shared Account – 125 – E. Prado – 4-5
7 – Desert Sage – 112 – J. Leparoux – 5-1
8 – Dyna Waltz – 112 – R. Dominguez – 5-1