Updated on 09/17/2011 10:59AM

Gal O Gal raring to go in Gaily Gaily


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Vinnie Blengs was planning to give Gal O Gal a meaningful break after her victory in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes earlier this month. Gal O Gal had other ideas.

Thus, Gal O Gal will seek her fifth consecutive victory Friday when she heads a full field of 3-year-old fillies set to run nine furlongs in the $65,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Thirteen were entered, but only 12 will be permitted to run on Gulfstream's turf course.

Blengs originally thought about skipping the Gaily Gaily and training Gal O Gal up to the $75,000 Via Borghese Stakes here April 6.

"I wanted to give her a little more time, but she's too rambunctious,' said Blengs, who trains Gal O Gal for owner Max Hugel. "It was either go ahead and run or she'd hurt herself around the barn.'

Gal O Gal, a daughter of Manlove, won her last four starts, beginning with a victory in a $40,000 claiming race at Calder Dec. 6. She went through two allowance conditions before rallying from last to win the Herecomesthebride Stakes by a half-length.

"She was very lucky to get through, we had nowhere to go, but she snuck through a small hole on the inside to get up,' Blengs said. "The kid rode a great race on her.'

The kid is Chris DeCarlo, who will be back aboard Gal O Gal, the 121-pound highweight who breaks from post 9.

Formal Miss, Devil at the Wire, and Askforaraise - the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers from the Herecomesthebride - return for the Gaily Gaily. Of that group the major threat might be Askforaraise, who encountered trouble in the Herecomesthebride and now gets a rider switch from Marland Suckie to Jerry Bailey.

Askforaraise was steadied in traffic entering the first turn, and made a run at the leaders in the stretch before tiring. She gets six pounds from Gal O Gal - they were at equal weights in the Herecomesthebride - and drew nicely in post 5.

Formal Miss also gets a rider switch to Cornelio Velasquez from Carlos Gonzalez for this race.

Another intriguing player in here is Alpha Saphire, an entry-level allowance winner over this course Feb. 2. Alpha Saphire overcame trouble in both turns of that race and accelerated strongly down the lane.

"I was impressed and pleasantly surprised,' trainer Malcolm Pierce said about his filly's performance that day. "Her dirt race where she [won] her maiden wasn't that strong. I always thought she preferred the grass.'

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