05/21/2011 3:52PM

Pimlico: No Explaining gets right trip to win Gallorette

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Kim Pratt
No Explaining, John Velazquez up, leads Desert Sage home in the Gallorette Handicap.

BALTMORE – A six-month layoff, a demanding turf course and an exorbitant weight spread proved too much for defending Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account to overcome Saturday as she could manage no better than a fourth-place finish behind No Explaining in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico.

The Irish-bred No Explaining, winless in four previous stakes tries in this country, stalked two longshots from third and got first run on Dyna Waltz and Desert Sage in the stretch to win by one length over a “good” Pimlico turf. Desert Sage and Dyna Waltz dead-heated for second and finished 4 1/2 lengths in front of Shared Account, who nosed out Baltimore Belle for fourth.

Shared Account, making her first start since upsetting the BC Filly and Mare Turf last Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, was assigned 125 pounds for this race, spotting 9 to 12 pounds to her opponents including 10 to the winner.

“I think it was asking a lot, had I had a better alternative I probably would have gone for it,” Motion said. “It was a tall order. She ran similarly in the race last year with not such a tough assignment, so I’m not too concerned about it to be honest. Obviously, I’m a little disappointed, but it’s hard to be too disappointed under the circumstances. I’m a little surprised they did that to her.”

No Explaining, trained by Roger Attfield, settled into third position while My Sweet Nenana carved out fractions of 24.36 seconds for the quarter and 49.36 for the half-mile while being chased by Baltimore Belle.

Velazquez saved ground early with No Explaining, went to the outside approaching the quarter pole, then went back toward the inside while outfinishing Dyna Waltz, who was charging from last under Ramon Dominguez. No Explaining, owned by Harlequin Ranches, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.65 and returned $8.80 to win.

“Perfect trip,” said Velazquez, who earlier on the card won the James Murphy on turf aboard Chinglish. “There were a couple of speed horses there, I bide my time thinking the good horses are coming from behind anyway so I put her in the clear at the quarter pole and as soon as I felt the other horse got through I had to go back to the inside just to get her mind on running. After that she put up a good fight.”