Rainbow View proved to be a deserving favorite as she picked up her first North American graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) at Pimlico May 15.
The group I-winning daughter of Dynaformer—No Matter What, by Nureyev, put in a gutsy drive down the stretch on the Pimlico turf course to win over a tenacious Quiet Meadow. Rainbow View was ridden by Julien Leparoux, who escaped serious injury a day earlier in a fall during the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II).
The winning 4-year-old filly is a homebred for George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stable and trained by Jonathan Sheppard.
Leparoux gave Rainbow View a very patient ride, shuffling her toward the back of the eight-horse field and holding sixth position throughout most of the 1 1/16-mile race. Love's Blush, ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, and Denomination, ridden by Garrett Gomez, took the lead after the break and continued 1-2 for the first six furlongs run in 1:10.94. The opening fractions were an unhurried :24.01 and :47.47.
As the field rounded into the top of the stretch, Rainbow View and Leparoux made their move, working between horses along the three path off the rail. Also moving forward was Quiet Meadow and Javier Castellano, who was outside of Rainbow View. As they advanced, Leparoux steered Rainbow View around Quiet Meadow and beat the daughter of El Prado to the wire by half a length. The final time was 1:41.04 over firm going.
“Everything was great up until about the mid-point on the turn,” said Sheppard. “Then she kind of got jostled around. And even into the stretch, there was quite a bit of bumping. She handled it, I thought, very well.”
Sheppard praised Leparoux for his cool, patient ride.
“I’m happy to have him back winning after the spill he had yesterday,” Sheppard said.
Leparoux said he did have to check a bit while weaving through traffic at the quarter pole.
“That kind of scared me a little,” he said. “She finished good. She’s got a very nice kick.”
The winner paid $3.80, $2.80, and $2.40. Quiet Meadow paid $6 and $4.40, while third-placed Ave, a head behind the runner-up, paid $3 in her American debut for trainer Roger Attfield. The $2 exacta paid $25.60, and the $2 trifecta paid $104.80.
Rainbow View won her first group I race at Ascot in September 2008 in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies Mile (Eng-I). As a 3-year-old, she placed third in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) before taking the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown. Her next start was at Woodbine in Canada where she finished second in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT). She then finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) in her first try over a synthentic track at Santa Anita.
The Gallorette was her second start of the year. She came into the race off a 1 1/16-mile victory in an allowance race on the Keeneland turf course.
Rainbow View improved her career mark to 7-2-1 in 14 starts and boosted her earnings to $889,905 with the Gallorette's winning share of $60,000.
The British-bred 4-year-old Ave, a group III winner in Ireland last September, finished a neck in front of Shared Account, who swung very wide in the stretch. Then came Denomination, Way With Words, Blind Date, and Love's Blush. Payton d'Oro and Sales Tax scratched.