05/19/2011 11:13AM

Gallorette Handicap: Shared Account gets heavy task in return


BALTIMORE – The embarrassment of riches that is trainer Graham Motion’s stable will never be more on display than Saturday at Pimlico. Not only is he running the Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Preakness, but three hours earlier he brings defending Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account back to the races in the Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap.

Shared Account is the most accomplished of eight rivals entered in the Gallorette, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over what is likely to be a good-to-soft Pimlico turf course. The Gallorette goes as race 9 on the program and is the first leg of an all-stakes pick-four wager that has a guaranteed pool of $1 million.

Shared Account was 46-1 when she held off Midday, the 4-5 favorite, by a neck in the Filly and Mare Turf last Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. It was Shared Account’s second win from five starts in 2010, a campaign that began with a fourth-place finish in the Gallorette.

Motion said it was his plan all along to bring Shared Account back to the races this year in the Gallorette. Shared Account stayed at the Fair Hill training center during the winter and was on the same training schedule as Check the Label, Motion’s Grade 1-winning 3-year-old turf filly of 2010 who ran a bang-up second in the Doubledogdare at Keeneland last month.

Shared Account has four more workouts entering this race than Check the Label did entering her return.

“She’s plenty fit,” Motion said. “She’s matured, she’s mellowed, I think, which is good because this time last year she wanted to be so sharp. A lot of those races, she was quite sharp, she wanted to be very close. She gradually started settling more as the year went on.”

Shared Account, who will be ridden by Edgar Prado, will have to carry 125 pounds, spotting her opponents 10 to 13 pounds, which is a concern to Motion, who won this race in 2005 with Film Maker.

No Explaining, who seeks her first stakes win in the Gallorette, comes off a third-level allowance victory in her 4-year-old debut last month at Keeneland over yielding turf.

“She ran very well,” trainer Roger Attfield said. “She was always traveling well, there was some give to the ground. I thought I’d give her a shot [in the Gallorette] knowing the ground will be soft. I know she’s handled good-to-soft ground.”

Attfield isn’t sure that No Explaining will improve off her last race, but said “it was a good enough performance.”

Attfield believes the 10 pounds that No Explaining gets from Shared Account “will definitely help.” John Velazquez, who will ride Animal Kingdom for Motion later on the card, rides No Explaining in this spot.

Desert Sage, a English-bred daughter of Selkirk, is 2 for 2 since coming to this country and being turned over to trainer Chad Brown. What impressed Brown most about this filly was her ability to close so much ground in both of her starts over the speed-favoring Gulfstream Park turf course.

“I love this filly, she’s really nice,” Brown said. “This will be a good test for her.”

Jonathan Sheppard won this race last year with Rainbow View, who was making her second start of the year following a win at Keeneland. On Saturday, he sends out Dyna Waltz, who comes in off a second-place finish in a 1 5/8-mile off-the-turf allowance race last month at Keeneland.

My Sweet Nenana, Theda’s Smile, Joharmony, and Baltimore Belle complete the field. Baltimore Belle also is entered in the Grade 3, $100,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff at 1 1/16-miles on dirt earlier on the card.