Insights on the American Racing Scene for Saturday, May 20


By Heather Anderson

Insights on the American Racing Scene, brought to you by Alex Nichols Agency, turns the spotlight on the best U.S. races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses, other horses of note returning to action and/or notable results from sales pavilions around the world. Saturday’s Insights features a daughter of champion sire Galileo (Ire).

9th-CD, $49K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 4:51 p.m.
Brendan Walsh saddles OUR MARIA CELESTE (Galileo {Ire}) who faces the starter for the first time in the colors of the Randall Family Trust. The half-sister to GI Toyota Blue Grass S. and GI Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S. hero General Quarters (Sky Mesa) and Japanese MGSW A Shin Top (Tale of the Cat) marks an infrequent starter for Coolmore powerhouse sire Galileo (Ire) in the U.S. Saturday. The sophomore worked a bullet at Keeneland May 16, clocking :48 3/5 (1/30) for a half-mile. This is also the extended family of G1 Moyglare Stud S. runner-up Honoria (Danzig). TJCIS PPs

8th-SA, $56K, Alw/OC, NW1X, 3yo/up, 1 1/16m, 7:20 p.m.
Gary and Mary West’s WEST COAST (Flatter), a $425,000 KEESEP yearling, makes his return to the races against his elders for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Off the mark at second asking over course and distance Mar. 12, the son of champion 2-year-old filly and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies victress Caressing (Honour and Glory) appeared to be en route to a GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. victory at Keeneland Apr. 15, before missing by a head to Saturday’s GI Preakness S. entrant Senior Investment (Discreetly Mine). Since that runner-up performance, the half-brother to GSPs Juan and Bina (Indian Charlie) and Gold Hawk (Empire Maker) has fired a pair of bullets and most recently breezed five panels in :59 4/5 (2/26) locally May 15. He is the 8-5 morning line pick and breaks from gate one. TJCIS PPs

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