Roshani the one to beat in Gallorette

Updated: May 16, 2008, 5:23 PM ET
By David Grening | Daily Racing Form

Roshani is 3 1/4 lengths away from being undefeated in seven starts on turf. She looms the possible main speed and the horse to beat in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Roshani's only stakes win came in the Grade 3 Matchmaker last year at Monmouth Park. However, she was beaten a half-length in two other graded events, including the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley last month at Keeneland where she finished fourth to Rutherienne in a blanket four-horse finish.

"She's a high-quality filly who shows up every time," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She handles anything from a mile to a mile and an eighth."

Stormy West, who finished second in the Jenny Wiley at 23-1, is in this field, but may be hurt if rains come and make for a soft turf course. A lack of pace may also work against her.

Lady Digby won the Dahlia Stakes at Laurel last out after finishing second to the champion Dreaming of Anna in the Grade 3 Hillsborough over yielding turf at Tampa in March.

"I thought her last effort was pretty strong," trainer Graham Motion said of the Dahlia. "The two fillies drew off from the rest of the field and it was at a little shorter trip than her best distance. She's doing very well, though. I think the race came up very tough."

Valbenny is an intriguing contender in this field. A Grade 2 winner at Hollywood Park last June, Valbenny also finished second in a pair of Grade 1 races in California last year. She makes her 4-year-old debut in this spot and first start for trainer Michael Matz.