05/18/2011 4:12PM

Pimlico: Breeders' Cup winner Shared Account returning in Gallorette

Barbara D. Livingston
Shared Account, with Edgar Prado riding, wins the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

BALTIMORE – Graham Motion has had a few things to do this week. Making raceday accommodations for family and friends. Dodging the raindrops that keep falling at his Fair Hill training base. Saying the right things to the media. And, oh yes, getting a colt named Animal Kingdom ready for the 136th Preakness at Pimlico.

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In all his spare time, Motion also has been getting a Breeders’ Cup winner named Shared Account ready for her 5-year-old debut, which will come in front of the Preakness Day throng at in one of the seven supporting stakes, the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap.

Shared Account, owned by Sagamore Farm, is unraced since she stunned the racing world with her 46-1 upset in the $2 million BC Filly and Mare Turf last November at Churchill Downs. She is being asked to spot her seven rivals 10 to 13 pounds as the 125-pound highweight in the Gallorette, which goes at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

“This was the race we always planned on for her,” said Motion. “I hadn’t quite anticipated there being that kind of weight spread. But it’s close, and the timing is good.”

Edgar Prado has a return call on Shared Account.

The Gallorette is the ninth of 13 races on a program that starts at 10:45 a.m. Eastern. The Preakness is race 12. In the other Saturday stakes:

◗ Grade 2, $200,000 Dixie (race 11): Paddy O’Prado, a player in the Triple Crown series last year, will make his 4-year-old debut as a heavy favorite among eight older turf runners in this 1 1/8-mile race. Former Maryland riding kingpin Kent Desormeaux retains the mount for trainer Dale Romans.

◗ Grade 3, $100,000 William Donald Schaefer (race 10): Apart, Pleasant Prince, and Colizeo are part of a well-matched field of nine older horses in this 1 1/16-mile race. Apart has the same connections as Blame, who used the 2010 Schaefer as a springboard to becoming the top older horse of the year.

◗ Grade 3, $100,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (race 8): Ventana clearly looks like the one to beat as the 119-pound highweight among nine older horses in this six-furlong race. Ventana is trained by Bob Baffert and will be ridden by Martin Garcia, the same pairing that won the Preakness last year with Lookin At Lucky.

◗ $100,000 James W. Murphy (race 7): Master Dunker, with Ramon Dominguez riding for David Fawkes, drew the rail in a field of 10 3-year-olds scheduled to go 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

◗ $100,000 Chick Lang (race 6): Escort, Vengeful Wildcat, and Road Ready are among nine 3-year-olds in this six-furlong race named in honor of the late “Mr. Preakness.”

◗ Grade 3, $100,000 Allaire DuPont (race 4): Life At Ten will be making her second start of the year when carrying John Velazquez as the likely choice over six other fillies and mares in this 1 1/16-mile race.