Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 10, 2011 – La Gran Bailadora proved again her penchant for the Turfway Park Polytrack Saturday, taking the $50,000 My Charmer Stakes by a day-at-the-office three lengths over Brilliant Future. La Rocca finished third, three-quarters of a length further back.
On Z Run broke first from the rail but Full Moon Party set the pace as expected, a moderate :24.04, :48.11, and 1:13.52, as Brilliant Future tracked to her inside. Breaking from the four post, Victor Lebron had to work a bit to get La Gran Bailadora into position early among the field of 11 fillies and mares, settling three or four lengths off the lead in sixth down the backstretch. La Gran Bailadora moved out for her familiar closing run approaching the final turn, was third in short order, and swept right by Full Moon Party to nail her fifth win in seven starts at Turfway. Final time for the 1 1/16-mile My Charmer was 1:46.99.
"In the beginning I was a little worried about getting her where I wanted to be, but then when I got her clear she gave me her big run," said Lebron. "I had to move her a little earlier than usual to get going. I thought she would have given me a harder bang than what she gave me today. She relaxed a little bit, just galloping, but when she heard them coming she pricked her ears and went on again."
Behind La Rocca were On Z Run, Niji's Grand Girl, Golden Galleon, Include the Cat, Riviera Chic, Full Moon Party, Japanese Garden, and Cactus Cadillac. Revelstoke and Spring Party scratched, as did the also-eligible Bk's Sis' Birthday.
The 3-5 favorite, La Gran Bailadora paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show.
The My Charmer is La Gran Bailadora's third stakes win at Turfway this year, following the Likely Exchange Stakes in February and the Grade 3 Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff in September. The filly is trained by Mike Maker.
La Gran Bailadora was bred in Kentucky by her owner, Tracy Farmer. By Afleet Alex out of Affirmed Dancer, by Affirmed, La Gran Bailadora now has six wins, four seconds, and four thirds in 22 starts and earnings of $319,206. Farmer expects to race her next year as a five-year-old, noting that the filly shows no sign of losing interest in her job.
Racing continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m.