Stable’s Madame Giry sustained a ferocious rally, first to catch and
then fend off Ju Ju Eyeballs to win the $100,000 Jameela Stakes for
Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
the firm turf in 1:08.11 for the six furlong distance, Madame Giry
rallied from far back under the urging of Cornelio Velasquez to win by
was the fourth stakes victory for the Cam Gambolati trainee, a
4-year-old daughter of Castledale. She came into the Selima after
defending her title in the Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga.
“I told Cornelio don’t forget that it’s the second wire and a long
stretch, said Gambolati. “Cornelio is a smart rider and he talked to
Eddie Castro, who’s ridden her a lot. If she gets too close to the
front, she starts looking around so Cornelio was pacing with her.”
Madame Giry, who paid $3.60, improves 7-of-15 lifetime.
have a lot of confidence in this filly,’ said Velasquez. “She was the
best filly in the race. I wanted to wait until the last 3/16ths. I
followed Julian Pimentel (rider of Ju Ju Eyeballs) and then asked her
for run. When it was time she took off. I had a lot of horse left at the