Madame Giry getting well-deserved break

Connections of Madame Giry and Bounding Bi, the top-two finishers in Friday's Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland, reported their runners came out of the 5 1/2-furlong grass test in good order.

"She ate up well and is none the worse for wear," Madame Giry's trainer, Cam Gambolati, said Saturday morning. "We are going to try to ship Wednesday. Gulfstream opens Thursday and she might be one of the first ones in there."

The 2 1/2-length victory in the Franklin County was the fifth in a row for Madame Giry.

"She is going to get a little break because there is really nothing for her right now," Gambolati explained. "This is the time to do it. We will probably wait for something at Gulfstream (whose meet begins December 1)."

One possible target on the Castledale filly's radar in 2013 is Keeneland's Grade 1 Madison going at seven furlongs on the main Polytrack.

"She galloped well on the main track Thursday," Gambolati noted. "That race in the spring, the Madison is a Grade 1 and that would be the time to try it."

While Madame Giry was sticking around for a few more days, Bounding Bi was on a van before 7 o'clock (EDT) and headed back to Philadelphia.

"She gave us a thrill yesterday," trainer Louis Linder Jr. said. "That horse that beat her is no slouch."

Linder said Bounding Bi came out of the race fine and most likely would head to Tampa Bay Downs in early December. Like Gambolati, he also had a race in mind next spring at Keeneland for the Outflanker mare -- the Giant's Causeway at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

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