Gallorette (MD)

In a 1955 poll of thoroughbred trainers, Gallorette was voted the greatest filly in American racing history, beating the likes of Regret, Twilight Tear, Top Flight, Miss Woodford, Beldame, and Bewitch.

Gallorette with Job D. Jessop up in the winner's circle, undated (Bert Morgan/Museum Collection)
Inducted

1962

Foaled

1942

Sire

Challenger II

Dam

Gallette

Damsire

Sir Gallahad III

Breeder

Preston M. Burch

Owner

William L. Brann

Trainer

Edward A. Christmas

Career

1944-1948

Earnings

$445,535

Racing Record

72

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1944 8 3 3 2 $7950 $7,950
1945 13 5 2 1 $94300 $94,300
1946 18 6 5 2 $159160 $159,160
1947 18 3 6 5 $90275 $90,275
1948 15 4 4 3 $93850 $93,850

Biography

In a 1955 poll of thoroughbred trainers, Gallorette was voted the greatest filly in American racing history, beating the likes of Regret, Twilight Tear, Top Flight, Miss Woodford, Beldame, and Bewitch.

Bred by Preston Burch and owned by William L. Brann, Gallorette was trained by Edward A. Christmas. Gallorette was a big, rangy chestnut daughter of Challenger II out of the Sir Gallahad III mare Gallette. Arriving at the races as a 2-year-old in September 1944, Gallorette made eight starts as a juvenile with record of 3-3-2.

At 3, Gallorette won the Acorn Stakes, Pimlico Oaks, and Delaware Oaks in succession before finishing second in the Dwyer. She then defeated Pavot in the Empire City Handicap.

Gallorette enjoyed her best season as a 4-year-old, defeating colts in the Metropolitan Handicap, edging Stymie in the Brooklyn Handicap, beating Polynesian and King Dorsett in the Bay Shore Handicap, and carrying top weight in winning the Beldame. With a record of 6-5-1 from 18 starts and earnings of $159,160, Gallorette was recognized as the Champion Older Female of 1946.

In 1947, Gallorette defeated Stymie in the Queens County Handicap, won the Carter Handicap, and scored the first of her back-to-back wins in the Wilson Stakes.

Along with her second win in the Wilson, Gallorette won the Carter Handicap and Whitney Handicap in 1948 before Brann sold her to Marie A. Moore for $125,000.

Gallorette was retired with a record of 21-20-13 from 72 starts and earnings of $445,535, a record at the time for a female racehorse. As a broodmare, Gallorette produced two stakes-winning fillies. She died at Moore’s farm in Virginia in 1959 at the age of 17.

Achievements

Champion Older Female — 1946

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