BALTIMORE - In a performance that serves notice she will be one of the elite of her division this year, Rainbow View overcame some early trouble and further traffic at the top of the stretch to close resolutely and capture the Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap for older female turf horses on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Rainbow View ($3.80), the favorite, was angled to the middle of the track for the stretch drive and finished sharply to catch Quiet Meadow and win by a half-length. Ave, a British invader making her first start in this country, closed well along the rail to finish third, just a head behind Quiet Meadow, after a tardy start.
Under jockey Julien Leparoux, Rainbow View was timed in 1:41.04 for 1 1/16 miles on firm turf. Jonathan Sheppard trains Rainbow View, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Dynaformer, for the Augustin Stable of George Strawbridge.
Rainbow View was forced to check sharply in traffic as the field came through the stretch the first time and was shuffled back to seventh in the eight-horse field. She was traveling well thereafter while saving ground, but ran into a roadblock as the field neared the top of the stretch just as she was set to begin her rally.
Leparoux managed to get her free and took her to the middle of the track. From there, she launched her bid while outside of Quiet Meadow. Rainbow View ran the final five-sixteenths of a mile in less than 30 seconds.
Rainbow View, the champion British 2-year-old filly of 2008, has now won 7 of 14 starts. She has won twice this year for Sheppard, who took over as her trainer last fall following the Breeders' Cup. Up until that point, Rainbow View had been trained in Britain by John Gosden.