English Channel Half Sis to Derby Winner Makes the Grade on Preakness Day
Mitchell Road (English Channel) was already worth a considerable amount of money entering Saturday’s GIII Gallorette S., but her value increased exponentially, as the year-older half-sister to promoted GI Kentucky Derby hero Country House (Lookin At Lucky), was given a perfectly rated ride from the front by Joel Rosario and proved easily best for a first graded-stakes victory.
A half-step slow to begin, Mitchell Road was hustled along and was able to secure the lead with relative ease prior to passing under the wire for the first time as Dynatail (Hightail) pressed to the outside. Racing a touch freely through an opening quarter mile in :23.28, Mitchell Road settled a bit better in the middle stages, with an internal couple of furlongs in :23.79, as positions behind her remained unchanged. Racing ears-pricked into the final 3 1/2 furlongs, Mitchell Road drifted out ever so slightly off the home corner, but she responded gamely to a right-handed stick in upper stretch and then vigorous hand riding in the final furlong to win as much the best. Thewayiam (Fr) (Thewayyouare) rallied up the fence for second ahead of Viva Vegas (The Factor), who charged down the center of the course for third.
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