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2012 Preakness Undercard Results

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Zagora wins the 2012 Gallorette Handicap (G3)
Zagora wins the 2012 Gallorette Handicap (G3)

Zagora wins the 2012 Gallorette Handicap (G3) at Pimlico

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Kicking off the stakes action on Preakness day, a field of 7 older fillies and mares contested the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3) over 1 1/16 miles on the turf. 12-1 Speak Easy Gal went to the lead first time by and set fractions of 23.80, 48.02, and 1:12.02 over the firm course. She led to mid-stretch but even-money favorite Zagora, last early, passed her on the inside to win going away by 1 3/4 length in 1:41.73. It was another 3/4 length back to 5-2 Laughing third.

Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "Once she gets settled and gathers herself together, she really has a strong kick. Javier's a top rider and when he's on my horses, I'm a lot less nervous. Nine times out of 10 he finds a way. She didn't break that well, but I thought Javier did a great job to stay on the inside. He knew he was on the best horse."

Jockey Javier Castellano added, "It worked out really good today. It was a great performance. The pace was pretty fast today. She didn't break that good. I was a little concerned about that, but the bottom line is that it worked out great. They spread out and I saved all the ground, and she finished great."

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