September 14, 2008 - Belmont Park, Race 2, Msw, USD $52,000, 6f

Royal Ballade, F, 2008, by Elusive Quality

1st Dam: Musical Chimes (GISW & G1SW-Fr, $965,349), by In Excess (Ire)
2nd Dam: Note Musicale (GB), by Sadler's Wells
3rd Dam: It's In The Air, by Mr. Prospector

Owner: Darley Stable
Breeder: Gainsborough Farm (KY)
Trainer: Tom Albertrani

Royal Ballade, the first foal for GI John C. Mabee H. and G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Musical Chimes, was given a 3-1 chance, but performed like the piping hot favorite in this career bow. On the engine from the start, the bay set crisp early splits of :22.32, :46.35 and :58.30 and once asked for some run in the stretch, powered it up a notch to romp home an easy 6 3/4-length winner over Eye of Taurus (Aldebaran). False Impression (A.P. Indy) came on to be third. The winner is expected to make her next start in Godolphin blue. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200.

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