Gallant Son Charges To Win In Albany Stakes

Gallant Son Charges To Win In Albany Stakes

     The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son added a Golden Gate Fields stakes win to his stakes portfolio Monday when he charged from off the pace to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $50,450 Albany Stakes.

     Ridden for the first time by French jockey Julien Couton, Gallant Son came from seventh in a field of nine to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses in a very impressive 1:09.18.  Moonshine Bay took second by three-quarters of a length over Shrug.

     Gallant Son had already won stakes at Emerald Downs in Washington and at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park in Southern California.  Trained by Frank Lucarelli, Gallant Son chalked up his seventh career stakes victory in the Albany.

     “He traveled very nice the whole way,” said Couton.  “Frank told me he has one quarter-mile move.  He broke good and was really sharp.  We worked him about a week ago and he worked like a champion.”

     Gallant Son went into the Albany off a third-place finish in an allowance/optional claiming race at “about” 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Jan. 20.  The race was Gallant Son’s first race following a five-month layoff.

     “He had one race under his belt a few weeks ago and it helped him quite a bit,” said Couton.  “He came back well from that race and was fresh for this one.  It seems like he likes running three-quarters (of a mile).  Frank told me he had a lot of confidence and he was right.”

     Gallant Son won his only six-furlong start on dirt (the 2008 Premio Esmeralda Stakes at Emerald Downs), and with his victory in the Albany on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta surface, is 1-for-1 racing six furlongs on synthetic tracks.

     “I think maybe sprinting him is the best thing because when he routes he makes a good move and then seems to hang and finish second or third,” said Lucarelli.

     Gallant Son was winless in seven starts since capturing the 2011 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap, a six-furlong turf race at Hollywood Park.

     “We needed to get a win for him,” said Lucarelli.  “Horses know when they win.  It invigorates me, I hope it invigorates him.  He’s a pretty healthy 7-year-old.”

     Gallant Son went off at 7-1 in the wagering and paid $17.80 after recording his eighth victory in 33 career starts.  The Albany victory was worth $30,450 and boosted his earnings to $438,328.  Gallant Son races for Randall and Rossi LLC.

     Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Friday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.