I see two keys to this race: the first was the continued improvement of Gale in the Vale after her 11-month layoff, and the second was jockey Joe Talamo’s ability to ration this filly’s speed through a first quarter mile in 23.02 seconds. After not struggling through the first two furlongs, Gale in the Vale had enough left for the remaining five-eighths of a mile to resist the closing rush of #6 Keira’s Way.
At the start, Talamo did not gun Gale in the Vale to the lead, but instead eased her up to the front. About a furlong or so into the race, Gale in the Vale got the lead and stayed there throughout.
The 9-to-5 favorite, #6 Keira’s Way, who finished second, did not make an impact until the final 100 yards when she came with a burst to miss by about a half a length.
I bet $350 on Gale in the Vale and collected $1,120.
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