Saturday, Pimlico Racecourse GALLORETTE H.-GIII,
$150,000, PIM, 5-18, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:40 3/5, fm.
1--@PIANIST, 116, f, 4, by More Than Ready1st Dam: Red Piano, by Red Ransom2nd Dam: Spinet, by Nureyev3rd Dam: Special Key, by Key to the Mint
($100,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Hidden Brook Farm & Dan Zucker; B-Grapestock LLC (KY); T-Chad C Brown; J-Mike E Smith. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 10-5-1-1, $300,950. Werk Nick Rating: D. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Hard Not to Like
, 118, f, 4, Hard Spun
--Like a Gem, by Tactical Cat. O-Hillsbrook Farms; B-Garland E Williamson (ON); T-Michael R Matz. $30,000.
, 116, f, 4, Successful Appeal
--Dynamic Cat, by Dynaformer. O-Augustin Stable; B-George Strawbridge Jr (PA); T-H Graham Motion. $15,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, 1 1/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 6.70, 9.10, 8.50.
Also Ran: Samitar (GB), Charged Cotton, Embarr, Silver Screamer, Old Tune (Brz).
Scratched: Daydreamin Gracie, Idle Talk. Click for the brisnet.com chart or the brisnet.com PPs. VIDEO.
Pianist broke her maiden at second asking in July at Belmont and cleared her first allowance condition at Saratoga the next month before returning to Elmont for a first black-type win in the Sept. 20 Given S. Disappointing at odds-on when fourth in the GIII Valley View S. Oct. 19 at Keeneland and in the Nov. 21 Stardusk S. at Aqueduct, connections regrouped, the the sky seemed the limit when the chestnut returned with a visually impressive allowance victory at Gulfstream Feb. 7. But she stubbed her toe again in her latest, when fifth to next-out GISW Centre Court (Smart Strike) in the GII Honey Fox S. in Hallandale Mar. 16. With Mike Smith having his first ride for Chad Brown, Pianist broke on song and argued the pace inside of Silver Screamer (Cozzene) past the winning post for the first time before leading outright around the clubhouse turn. Though she had to go reasonably hard up front, covering the half in :46.65 and six panels in 1:10.54, she was able to find extra in the stretch and was never seriously menaced en route to her first graded-stakes success.
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