SW GOTHAM GALA takes opening day Keeneland allowance race

Courtesy of the TDN

2nd-Keeneland, $76,320, Alw (C)/Opt. Clm ($80,000), 10-5,
3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:37.45, ft.
GOTHAM GALA (f, 4, Smart Strike–Fifth Avenue Ball, by Deputy Minister) captured the Obeah S. at Delaware Park June 15 and was fourth behind MGISW Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) next out in the GII Delaware H. July 13. She missed by a nose last time in Thistledown’s Lady Jacqueline S. Aug. 17 and was favored at 9-5 to return to winnings ways here. Racing in midpack off opening splits of :22.75 and :46.03, the bay advanced in the lane, edging past 32-1 shot Youngest Daughter (The Factor) in the final sixteenth to win by a length. The winner is a half to Eastwood (Speightstown), GSP, $265,545. Her dam was bred to Quality Road last spring.
Sales history: $260,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Purchased by Clancy Bloodstock and trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable
Lifetime Record: SW, 11-4-1-2, $253,290.
O-Mark B. Grier
B-Fred W. Hertrich (KY)
T-Arnaud Delacour