Mizz Money cashes in narrow Gallorette score
Mizz Money (#9) held off Vielsalm (in between) and Heath (#12) to win the Grade 3 Gallorette. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Making her debut on the Pimlico Race Course turf, L.T.B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing Inc.’s homebred Mizz Money emerged from a three-horse photo with a head victory in the 65th running of the $150,000 Stella Artois Gallorette (G3) on Saturday.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Mizz Money ($11.80) stalked pacesetting Josdesanimaux through six furlongs, edged away to a short lead in mid-stretch and held off late bids from 70-1 long shot Vielsalm and Heath for her second graded-stakes victory.
“What a hard-fought race. My heart was pounding all the way through the stretch and everybody took their shots at her, but she was best today,” said winning trainer Flint. “I knew the forecast called for heavy rain and I was just hoping it would stay good enough for it to stay on the turf, because I didn’t want to run her on an off track. This is special because we bred her and it’s like having one of your children go out and succeed.”
The winning time over a good turf course was 1:45.93 for 1 1/16 miles. Vielsalm was second, a nose ahead of Heath with Flying Tipat closing late for fourth.
“When she saw the other horses coming, she took off again,” said winning rider Javier Castellano. “When she did that showed me a lot of heart.”
Winner of the Pucker Up (G3) last August at Arlington Park, the 4-year-old Mizzen Mast filly earned her second straight narrow victory following her nose win in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 26.
It was the fourth career Gallorette victory for jockey Javier Castellano and second straight, following Watsdachances in 2015. He also won with Zagora in 2012 and Ozone Bere in 2006.