“We’ll be back”: Congrats Gal takes Smart Halo

by | Nov 10, 2018 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, Racing, Top Stories, Video

Video above featuring interviews with trainer Cal Lynch, owner Charles Biggs, and jockey Trevor McCarthy.


  • Winner paid: $2.60 – $2.20 – $2.10
  • Winning time: 1:10.94 for six furlongs
  • Winner chart comment: “CONGRATS GAL, reluctant to load into the starting gate, stalked the pace under confident handling, advanced three deep leaving the turn, secured command in upper stretch, drew out under a brisk hand ride and drifted out a bit in the drive.”
  • Margins: 6 3/4 lengths Congrats Gal to Our Super Freak in second, another half-length back to Mae Never No in third, and three-quarters of a length to Questionoftheday in fourth.
  • Winner’s record: 5-3-0-1, purse earnings of $134,740


  • Owner: Charles L. Biggs
  • Trainer: Cal Lynch
  • BreederWoodford Thoroughbreds
  • Pedigree: Congrats-G City Gal, by Elusive Quality
  • Jockey: Trevor McCarthy


  1. *** BEST BET #5 – Congrats Gal (8-5) ***Lone defeats came in the G3 Schuylerville and in the White Clay Creek S. at DEL – the latter a runner-up effort behind likely 2yo filly champion Jaywalk; note stellar work tab in preparation for this test
  2. #7 – Mae Never No (3-1): Nobody does better with juveniles than trainer Wesley Ward; of her two defeats, one was on the grass (when third a length) and the other was against boys in the Tremont
  3. #6 – Our Super Freak (4-1): Eeeeaaaaassssy win last out against allowance foes; Ness trainee moving in the right direction


While no match for the winner, Our Super Freak gave a good accounting of herself despite a wide journey. Four wide, she came under a ride mid-turn but continued to fight on to the end, eventually earning the place… Questionoftheday outran her 54-1 odds to earn fourth after setting the early lead. She missed second by just a length-and-change while four clear of the rest of the field…