02/18/2013 8:01PM

Golden Gate: Gallant Son uses powerful stretch run to capture Albany


Gallant Son scored his first victory on a synthetic surface as he ran down Shrug, held off Moonshine Bay and then survived a jockey’s objection in winning the $50,450 Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Monday.

Shrug grabbed the early lead in the six-furlong race while being challenged by Chapman’s Peak in the six-furlong race. Gallant Son was seventh down the backstretch and began his move while on the turn. As he took off, favored Bailouttheminister steadied sharply near the three-eighths pole, prompting the objection by Bailouttheminister’s rider, Russell Baze.

Gallant Son, under Julien Couton, moved up on the turn and was traveling best turning for home. He moved inside Moonshine Bay and then shifted outside Shrug with a strong rally that quickly put him in front. He continued strongly to the wire, defeating Moonshine Bay by 1 1/4 lengths with Shrug another three-quarters of a length back in third. The winning time was 1:09.18. Gallant Son paid $17.80.

The victory was only the second for Gallant Son since capturing the Grade 3 Inglewood in 2010. He won three straight stakes at Emerald Downs as a 2-year-old before running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Gallant Son, trained by Frank Lucarelli, earned $30,450 with his eighth victory. His career earnings are $438,328 for owners Randall & Rossi LLC.