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Jun 13, 2008Donald HarrisGabby's Golden GalEntry Alert: Sunday, June 15, Race 2 at Hollywood ParkTwo-year-old racing is in full swing at Hollywood Park. Watching these young kids develop in the a.m. is a lot of

Gabby’s Golden Gal
Entry Alert: Sunday, June 15, Race 2 at Hollywood Park

Two-year-old racing is in full swing at Hollywood Park. Watching these young kids develop in the a.m. is a lot of fun. Last year at this time, a Kathy Walsh-trained baby by the name of Georgie Boy was making his first career start. Which of the California-based runners of 2008 will develop into the next championship-quality talent?
On Sunday, we have a nice, full field of 2-year-old fillies lined up to compete in the second race. More than half the field was purchased at various 2-year-old sales — and for an aggregate price exceeding $1 million. Money spent is usually a big tip-off to the quality of a given maiden race. But in this particular case, the filly that will likely attract the majority of the attention was not purchased at one of these high-priced sales. GABBY’S GOLDEN GAL is a Kentucky-bred who found her way into the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally. From her first drill over the Cushion Track, she stamped herself as a serious runner. McAnally started her off in team drills, but she was just too fast for the rest of his 2-year-old contingent. She ended her workout series with a string of solo drills, the last four all bullets. Two of which were sub-:58 moves for five furlongs — not exactly your typical McAnally morning jog. Her June 3 drill was one of the most impressive. She caught sight of an older Neil Drysdale trainee in front of her on the turn and responded by flipping to a fifth gear and blowing by. She has been working since March, so fitness should not be a question. I would love to see ‘GABBY transfer all this morning brilliance to the afternoon.


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