05/18/2005 11:00PM

Gallorette: Film Maker gets '05 going


If a record producer can win the Kentucky Derby, then certainly a Film Maker can win the Gallorette.

The runner-up in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Film Maker makes her 5-year-old debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap.

finished second in this race last year, falling a half-length short of the Todd Pletcher-trained Ocean Drive in the 1 1/16-mile race. Last year, Film Maker was making her second start off a layoff, having finished an inexplicably poor sixth in the Jenny Wiley Handicap at Keeneland.

"That's always been a mystery," trainer Graham Motion said of last year's Jenny Wiley. "So I wasn't that keen to run her in the Jenny Wiley this year. This seemed like the next logical spot, bearing in mind that I'm gearing her to a fall campaign."

Motion has enjoyed success bringing horses back off long layoffs in stakes company, as evidenced by Better Talk Now's victory in the Fort Marcy Handicap last month. That was his first start in four months. Motion said Film Maker has been in training since early January.

"I think she's ready to run," said Motion, who has Jerry Bailey to ride.

Bailey replaces John Velazquez, who is committed to ride the Pletcher-trained Path of Thunder. A full sister to Spain, the second-leading money-earning mare in North American history, Path of Thunder has flourished on the turf, winning her last two on the grass. She has won three straight overall.

is likely to stalk the speed of Changing World, who was beaten just a neck in the Beaugay Handicap last month and figures to move forward in her second start off a layoff for Barclay Tagg. Changing World will appreciate any give in the ground from Friday's forecasted showers.

, trained by Bill Mott, may appreciate turning back to 1 1/16 miles after a fourth-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream.