Mean Mary Gets It All Her Own Way In Gallorette

Mean Mary made her 2021 debut a winning one in the Grade 3 Gallorette on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico Race Course, demonstrating the dangers for her competitors of letting her control the early pace. Luis Saez hustled the Graham Motion trainee out of the gates early and settled her into an easy lead which she never gave up, setting fractions of :25.27, :50.92, 1:15.29 and 1:37.60 for a final time of 1:43.10 on the turf. Flighty Lady chased the early pace but was no match, and Mean Mary easily kicked clear of closing efforts from Vigilantes Way and Great Island, who finished second and third, respectively. The mare finished a half length in front under a hand ride.

Mean Mary was the favorite at 4-5 when the gates opened.

The 5-year-old Mean Mary was making her first start since finishing seventh in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mary Turf. That effort was only the second time she failed to finish first or second in her career. The mare, who is a homebred for Alex Campbell Jr., has wins in the G2 New York, G3 Orchid and G3 La Prevoyante to her credit.

Mean Mary is the daughter of Scat Daddy and Dynaformer mare Karlovy Vary.

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Gallorette (G3) Quotes, courtesy Pimlico press office

Winning trainer Graham Motion (Mean Mary): “Could not have asked for a better comeback. I was a little nervous; first time she’s run without Lasix. That’s all I said to (jockey) Luis (Saez) is to make sure she was settled. She wants to be pretty wound up. Perfect comeback. Couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

“It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything else, really. I didn’t know that they would let her go that easy on the lead. My main concern was that she was settled, that she was relaxed.”

Winning jockey Luis Saez (Mean Mary): “It was great. She broke right there on her own. She was doing it pretty easy, and I knew I had a lot of horse. At the top of the stretch, I just let her run. She did it pretty easy. I didn’t have to use my stick for nothing.”

“She’s been running with tough fillies. Today was a little easier.”

“It was a little short for her, because she loves to go a mile and a half, that’s her distance. But with the layoff, it was perfect for her. There’s a lot more horse there. I had so much horse.”

Trainer Shug McGaughey (Vigilantes Way; 2nd): “Well, we didn’t get the best of the break. I thought it was all good. I thought she ran good. She laid back there and I thought Jose (jockey Ortiz) did the right thing when the other filly cleared her. I thought she would have a hard time catching (Mean Mary). That is a pretty good filly. She ran fine and I thought he rode her fine. I think we are on the right track with her.”

Jockey Jose Ortiz (Vigilantes Way; 2nd): “She didn’t break like I wanted her to. I wanted to be next to Luis [Saez]. I was the only other speed in the race, so I let her be where she was comfortable. She made a beautiful move turning for home. She ran big and keeps improving. If I had been where Irad [Ortiz Jr. on Flighty Lady] was, the race may be different. One jump better from the start and I may have gotten there.”

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