In July, the Maryland-bred champion
mare Gallorette was inducted into the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at
Saratoga Race Course.
considered to be “the winningest
filly ever,” Gallorette won 11 major races and was honored as the U.S.
Champion Handicap Mare in 1946.
Marylanders Kitsi Christmas and her brother Edward helped to unveil
the new bronze plaque commemorating the Thoroughbred’s name, year of birth, and the name
of her sire and dam, along with the names of her owner, trainer, and jockey.
The Christmas’ father, Edward A. Christmas, was Gallorette’s
trainer throughout her entire five-year racing career.
The chestnut daughter of Preston Burch was foaled
at Glade Valley Farm in Frederick in 1942. She was out of a Gallette
Challenger II. She was owned by
William Brann until she retired from racing, when her ownership was transferred
to Mrs. Marie A. Moore.
The Hoofprints Walk of Fame was created by Marylou Whitney and her husband
John Hendrickson to celebrate the finest athletes who have competed at
date, only 32 have been inducted. Gallorette won the Wilson Stakes at Saratoga
two years in a row, with a track record time of 1:35.40. In 1948 at age
six, she won both the Whitney and Wilson Stakes at Saratoga. When asked
Gallorette, Marylou Whitney–who still remembers watching her race at Saratoga–exclaimed, “Gallorette
was the most amazing mare!”
And she was. The Blood-Horse named Gallorette one of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses
of 20th Century, ranked as the number three female. She won or placed in
40 stakes races, most often beating the opposite sex. At the time of her
held record earnings for a filly or mare, $445,535.
Gallorette won Maryland’s premiere filly race, today known as the Black-Eyed
Susan Stakes, but in 1945 it was known as the Pimlico Oaks. The Gallorette
Handicap was first run in 1952, and was won by her daughter, Mlle. Lorette,
Among her many honors, she was the fourth mare inducted into the National
Racing Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1977, she was inducted into the Aiken Thoroughbred
Hall of Fame, and eventually into the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.
After retirement, Gallorette went on to produce two stakes-winning fillies.
Among her descendants was the 2005 U.S. Horse of the Year, Saint Liam.
Eddie “Cocky” Simms,
who broke Gallorette and worked with her for her trainer Ed Christmas, told The
Blood-Horse, “She’s not only the greatest mare, but the greatest
Maryland-bred of any sex...She had a long, tough, career as a race mare,
but if the jocks would have ridden her as instructed, she would have won
instead of half a million.”