11/18/2015 4:12PM

Meadowlands: Gallie Bythe Beach primed for TVG upset

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Derick Giwner
Gallie Bythe Beach starts from post four with Marcus Miller in the bike.

There have been highs and lows in the racing career of Gallie Bythe Beach, one of the contenders in Friday’s $200,000 TVG Mares Open Pace at The Meadowlands. The impeccably bred daughter of champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria had most of the highs during an impressive 2-year-old campaign in 2013. Some two years later trainer Jim Campbell may have her primed again for a mild upset on Friday.

“She went a lot of very tough races as a 2-year-old,” said Campbell.

Over the last month, Gallie Bythe Beach has started to regain her winning form. She strung together three consecutive wins at Harrah’s Philadelphia before returning to the Meadowlands last Friday with a third-place finish in the final TVG Open Mares leg.

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“She was racing against an easier group,” said Campbell. “We were trying to race her from off the pace to help with her confidence.”

Often subjected to two-move and three-move races as a youngster, Gallie Bythe Beach appeared to lack the high speed necessary to win races. But over the last month the drive appears to have returned and the mare enters Friday’s contest with hope for a big payday.

“I’m really happy the way she raced last week,” said Campbell. “It will depend on the trip this week.”

The trainer thinks his mare fits nicely with the other six in the field and that includes Breeders Crown winner Color’s A Virgin (post 7) as well as Crown runner-ups Sandbetweenurtoes (post 3) and Venus Delight (post 2).

Venus Delight, a seven time winner in 2015 for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr., has earned over a half million dollars this season. Tim Tetrick will sit behind the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight.

Sandbetweenurtoes returned to New Jersey under the care of Larry Remmen and immediately regained winning form capturing last week’s $25,000 TVG leg. Brett Miller put the mare on the front end and she scored in a 1:52 mile, a solid tightener for Friday’s rich final.

Color’s A Virgin had a three race win streak snapped at Hoosier Park on November 7 but hopes to bounce back with David Miller at the controls. The Indiana-bred mare has won 26 of 46 lifetime starts.

First post for Friday’s Meadowlands program is 7:00 p.m. with 13 races on the docket, including the $200,000 TVG Mare Trot, $385,250 Three Diamonds, and $409,950 Goldsmith Maid.