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Galton and Saham run one-two in hot CD allowance

The ultra tough Galton was in the winners circle again on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs on Friday as the winner of a competitive allowance at the expense of G3 winner Saham. Schumer Bloodstock purchased not only Galton’s dam, Nibbana, for just $27,000 in 2015 but also Saham, who cost $100,000 as a Keeneland two-year-old in training.

It was the 12th win for Galton, a seven-year-old son of Offlee Wild trained by Mike Maker. Previously successful in the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint Stakes, he has also run well on several occasions in Graded stakes company, notably when placed in the G3 Woodford and G3 Tropical Turf Stakes.

Bred by the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings, Galton is the third foal out of Nibbana. The daughter of Giant’s Causeway, who was purchased in foal to Mineshaft, is also the dam of four other winners. She hails from one of the Niarchos’ most successful families as a half-sister to the Group 3-winning sprinter Dietrich, herself dam of Queen’s Vase hero Aloft, and daughter of the Classic-placed Piquetnol. She is also a direct descendant of blue hen Best In Show.

Meanwhile on Saturday, progressive 3yo Scrapper ran a fine second in the English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Bred by Christine Hayden, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Orb is out of Schumer Bloodstock purchase Lynnette, also the dam of G3 winner Jennifer Lynnette.

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