Al’s Gal holds off Suffused to win the E. P. Taylor
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Al’s Gal was just able to hold on late to win Sunday’s Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, out-nodding Suffused at the wire to win by a nose. The 5-year-old daughter of English Channel, expertly guided by Florent Geroux, won her first graded stake in style for trainer Michael Maker, recording a final time of 2:01.60 for 10 furlongs on the firm turf course.
“There was no traffic for me today,” said Geroux. “When we broke from the gate I was right there, second position all the way and when I asked her turning from home she just gave me a nice turn of foot and was very brave.”
Parvaneh left the gates on top, streaking out to a one-length lead over Al’s Gal in second through a first quarter in :26.05 up the hill. Geroux felt the pace was a bit slow, and shortened the gap on the leader to just a half-length to press her through a half-mile in :49.63. Race-favorite Best In The World was racing comfortably along the rail in third, with Tuttipaesi three-wide along the outside in fourth. Suffused was between horses in fifth, tracked by Banzari. Rounding the far turn, Al’s Gal began to draw even with Parvaneh.
At the head of the lane, Al’s Gal took over the lead, though Parvaneh was very game and continued to urge her on from second. Nezwaah tried to make up ground along the inside, and Suffused was searching for racing room directly behind Al’s Gal. In the final sixteenth of a mile, Parvaneh dropped back just as Suffused got clear and hit her best stride. Suffused and Al’s Gal would hit the wire together, with Al’s Gal out-nodding her rival to win by a nose. Suffused had to settle for second, with Banzari closing well for third. Guapaza came running from the rear of the field to be fourth.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Malone Racing LLC, Al’s Gal was a $ 50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall mixed sale, then sold for $ 30,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. She was later purchased for $ 40,000 at the Keeneland 2-year-old in training sale, and began her career under the care of trainer Gary Contessa. Maker claimed Al’s Gal on behalf of the Ramseys for $ 35,000 in February of 2015, and she has won a pair of stakes races and been placed in multiple graded stakes since that time. Overall, Al’s Gal boasts a record of 8-8-3 from 26 starts, with earnings of over $ 800,000.
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