To say last week’s debut victory by the 3-year-old pacing filly One Gorgeous Gal was eventful would be a major understatement.
Owned by Billie Schwartz and Junior Wilkinson and trained by Wilkinson, the dark-hued miss was sent off at 19-1, no doubt some of that lack of support coming from her pre-race antics.
“I had never been behind her before,” related Roberts. “Luke Plano had qualified her and was supposed to drive, but he had a horse of his own in the race.
“Junior told me she was nice filly, but she could be a touch on the lazy side. It was also going to be her first time under the lights.”
Roberts explained that about five steps after she set foot on the track, One Gorgeous Gal started kicking and became uncontrollable, including shying when the outrider tried to lend some assistance.
“She settled down by the time the gate rolled,” her pilot noted.
The Schwartz/Wilkinson homebred left cleanly, was out and moving before the half while racing second over, swung out for the drive and was up by a half-length for the $41 upset.
“It’s good that we came out, because a horse made a break and scattered the field,” Roberts said. “All things considered, it was a pretty amazing performance and Junior was ecstatic.”
Taking note of what went on before and during the race, track announcer Gary Siebel proclaimed as they hit the finish line, “From the ridiculous to the sublime!”
One Gorgeous Gal was scheduled to make her second start on Friday night’s program.
One Gorgeous Gal was one of three wins over the weekend for Roberts, who also guided He Grins Again and Getter Queen Flush to victory for trainer George Reider.
Roberts has landed in the charmed enclosure following 16 of his 101 trips to the post at this meeting, and it’s unlikely any of those performances was quite an interesting as the one turned in by One Gorgeous Gal.