07/11/2009 11:00PM

Gallant grabs 15-1 upset in Prince of Wales


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Gallant, the only horse in the field who did not compete in the Queen's Plate, was a 15-1 upsetter in a thrilling renewal of the Prince of Wales here Sunday.

With Corey Fraser in the irons for the first time, Gallant was running a close fourth through the opening quarter but shot to the lead as the field entered the backstretch.

"He carried me to the front, into the first turn," said Fraser, who was recording the biggest win of his career. "They were kind of dawdling along, so I let him go."

Milwaukee Appeal, the only filly in the field and the 7-5 favorite, had surrendered the lead to Gallant and came on again to just miss by a nose after dueling through the far turn right down to the wire.

"She ran great," said Stewart Elliot, who also had piloted Milwaukee Appeal to a third-place finish in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate. "Just a bob of the head, was all it was.

"I thought we'd put that horse away, but he came back. She never gave up."

Eye of the Leopard, the Queen's Plate winner and the second choice at 9-5, was prominent early but lost ground down the backstretch before rallying to end just a half-length behind the top pair in third place.

"I never wanted to leave that No. 2 horse alone," said jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, refererring to Milwaukee Appeal. "When I tried to get close, my horse didn't respond. I had to start all over again.

"He finished strong; he lost the race on the first turn."

Keino West, Mr. Foricos Two U, and Flip for the Coin completed the order of finish.

Mr. Foricos Two U, who was the 2-1 third choice, had ended second in the Queen's Plate.

"I had an opportunity to go through on the rail, and go along with it," said Smith. "He just didn't handle the track that great."

Gallant, who is owned by Woodford Racing LLC and trained by Mark Casse, was saddled here by assistant trainer Ricky Griffith.

"He was with me in California this winter," said Griffith, who was in charge of the day-to-day operations for Casse's Santa Anita string. "He showed talent but he had some setbacks, and he never got to start there."

The Prince of Wales was the first stakes score for Gallant, who had won a 1 1/8-mile maiden race in his last start at Woodbine on May 31. Gallant and Milwaukee Appeal both were supplemented to the Prince of Wales at a cost of $12,500.

The final leg of the series, the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, will be run at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Woodbine on Aug. 2.

Bent Attorney wins first stakes in Samuel

Elliot won with his only other mount on the program as Bent Attorney became a stakes winner in the $50,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial, a five-furlong turf race for Canadian-bred fillies and mares.

Bent Attorney ($4.50), trained by Don MacRae, stalked the pace of 9-10 favorite Dancing Allstar and then reeled in that one for a one-length victory.

Klissura, who won last year's Samuel Memorial, finished third in the field of six.

Drunken Love gets up by a head in Wells

Drunken Love ($4.30) notched his first stakes score in the $50,000 Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial, the other five-furlong turf supporting feature for Canadian-breds.

Gerry Olguin, recording his third consecutive winner on the program, guided Drunken Love to a head win over the 15-1 Marco Be Good, with No Dilettante another half-length back in third in the field of nine.

Drunken Love, claimed for $62,500 from his last start at Woodbine, is trained by Norm McKnight.

* The all-sources handle on Fort Erie's 10-race Prince of Wales card was $1,322,845, a marginal increase from last year's program. An estimated crowd of 6,000 contributed $242,860 of that total.