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Miss Deplorable Faces Toughest Turf Sprint Test Yet In Saturday’s Incredible Revenge Stakes At Monmouth Park

August 10, 2018


Three weeks after he notched the first stakes victory of his six-year training career, Baltazar Galvan is back at Monmouth Park on Saturday hoping for a repeat performance from his promising turf sprinting filly Miss Deplorable. 

He knows it won’t be easy. 

Miss Deplorable, a daughter of Big Drama-Usual Manner, faces a seasoned group in the featured $75,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes that goes as the 10th-race on an appealing 12-race card. She’s the only 3-year-old in the eight-horse field and will be taking on older horses for just the second time in her career in the 5½-furlong turf stakes. 

Of course, she was also overlooked in winning the Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 21, scoring a one-length victory at odds of 12-1. 

“She came out of that race in good shape,” said Galvan, who is Delaware Park-based. “I don’t know if we have seen her best yet. She looks like she is ready to go again but she is going to be facing some very good horses in this race. We’ll see how good she is.” 

Since being switched to turf sprints in her third career start, Miss Deplorable has done little wrong. She was second in her first start at five furlongs on the grass at Gulfstream Park, beaten just a neck, then broke her maiden at Delaware Park at five furlongs on the grass on June 28. The victory in the 5½-furlong Blue Sparkler followed that. 

“She always travelled like a grass horse,” said Galvan. “She breezed nicely on the dirt but I don’t know if she really liked the dirt. So we thought we would try her on the grass and she has been good since then.” 

Owned by Six Sandbaggers Stable, Miss Deplorable faces a group that features four horses coming off victories, one coming off a solid effort in a Grade 3 grass race and the George Weaver-trained Malibu Stacy, a winner of $346,718 in her career. Always Thinking, trained by Tom Albertrani, comes in after running in 11 straight stakes or graded races, holding her own in most of them. 

“She will need to step up,” said Galvan. 

Galvan, who hails from Mexico, had never even been to Monmouth Park until Miss Deplorable’s Victory in the Blue Sparkler. He is a one-man training show, since he breaks all of his horses (he currently oversees 18), gallops then, shoes them and trains them. 

“I’ve been shoeing horses for 20 years,” he said. “I do everything with my horses. Every horse I have I broke myself. I just don’t like to stand there and watch other people work on my hoses. It’s the way I have always done things.”