The Gallorette: Rainbow View steps up
by Geir Stabell (email@example.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2010-05-14 15:40:14 (First published: 2010-05-13 08:55:01 )
Pimlico Saturday: A Group winner for George Strawbridge and trainer John Gosden in Europe last year, Rainbow View is now in the care of Jonathan Sheppard, who steps her back up in class in the Gallorette Handicap (G3) on Preakness day.
Dynaformer's daughter was a smooth winner on her Stateside debut, when odds-on in allowance company at Keeneland, and she will get a lot of attention here - though Globeform ratings show that this may not be an easy task for her.
GALLORETTE HANDICAP (G3)
Pimlico 15 May 2010 – 8.5 furlongs Turf
Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down
in pounds. One length equals about 2lb over this distance.
Horses presented with sire, best Globeform rating / jockey
A “p” after the rating indicates improvement expected.
A “P” indicates significant improvement expected.
100 – WAY WITH WORDS (Sefapiano) GF 112 / C Borel
..97 – QUIET MEADOW (El Prado) GF 110 / J Castellano
..95 – RAINBOW VIEW (Dynaformer) GF 115 / J Leparoux
..95 – SHARED ACCOUNT (Pleasantly Perfect) GF 111 / E Prado
..95 – BLIND DATE (Not For Love) GF 109 / K Desormeaux
..92 – LOVE’S BLUSH (Not For Love) GF 103 / T Dunkelberger
..91 – AVE (Danehill Dancer) GF 106 / M Smith
..91 – DENOMINATION (Smart Strike) GF 105 / G Gomez
..89 – PAYTON D’ORO (Medaglia d’Oro) GF 106 / T Thompson
Rainbow View is the even money favorite on the morning line and it is easy to see why she’s the ‘chalk’ of the Gallorette. The ex-English filly is by far the most accomplished runner in this field, though she might be vulnerable at these weights.
The one that sticks out a real value bet is Mary Eppler’s in-form mare Way With Words. Now six years old, she is coming off her career best effort, and she will be carrying 8lb less than Rainbow View. That weight difference equals about four lengths over the Gallorette distance and if Way With Words runs as well as she did when taking the South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park last month, well, then Rainbow View has to improve considerably to beat her. Not only improve, she would have to run up to GF 120, something that seems unlikely. Way With Words performed to Globeform 112 in the 7.5-furlong South Beach, where she came with a smooth run from off the pace, took the lead at the top of the lane and drew right off to win by almost five lengths from the favorite Akilina, with Sandi’s Ready third . Way With Words had shown similar form when a close fourth to Quiet Harbor in the Violet Stakes (G3) at Meadowlands last October. Like this race, the Violet is contested over 8.5 furlongs, and the step up in distance will not be a problem for Way With Words. If anything, it might help. The wide post will not, but this is not a big field and quite why this horse is 20-1 on the morning line is hard to understand.
Rainbow View, a small and precious filly with excellent form in England as a juvenile in 2008, took some time to follow up at three – but she managed to land a big prize by defeating Heaven Sent and the classic winner Again in the Matron Stakes (G1) in Ireland. She went on to be second to Lahaleeb in the E P Taylor (G1) at Woodbine and her crack at the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) was a tad too ambitious. She came home fifth behind Life is Sweet. Rainbow View’s winning seasonal debut at Keenalnd, where she was odds-on in allowance company, showed that she has trained on at five, and she is an interesting recruit to the fillies’ and mares turf division.
Quiet Madow, game and consistent, and effective over this distance, is also in with a chance. She has not raced since finishing fouth to Tuscan Evening in the Las Palmas Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita over six months ago, and her trainer Chad Brown is not exactly known for winning with layoff runners. Twice beaten narrowly when second in G3 races last year, the daughter of El Prado has a nice weight and she must be respected.
Shared Account, winnner of the 9-furlong Lake Placid Stakes (G2) at Saratoga last summer, falls into the same bracket, but her trainer Graham Motion has a better record with horses coming back after a rest. This four-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Perfect has been in the first three in 8 of her 10 races. Her best form last year came when she was second to Miss World in the Garden City Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. A prominent runner, Shared Account might improve this season.
Denomination ran a bit better in France than she has been able to do thus far in the US, but she might have won last time with a clear run and comes into the reckoning for Trifecta and Superfecta players.
Blind Date beat Shared Account by an head to win the Virginia Oaks (G3) on soft ground last summer – but was well behind that same rival in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Keeneland three months later, when they were second and seventh behind Hot Cha Cha. Blind Date ran respectably over 6 furlongs on her seasonal debut at Laurel in April. She is coupled with Sales Tax - a useful filly but not quite up to winning at this level.
A: 9 WAY WITH WORDS
B: 4 RAINBOW VIEW
C: 5 QUIET MEADOW, 8 SHARED ACCOUNT
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