Finley’sluckycharm came out of her runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss in good order and is now targeting the Grade 1, $ 500,000 Ketel One Ballerina on August 26, trainer Bret Calhoun said outside his barn Friday morning.
Finley’sluckycharm set the early fractions in the six-furlong sprint before Paulassilverlining won by a neck in the final jumps. A talented field that included third-place finisher By the Moon provided a strong test for the 4-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy, who has six wins and two second-places finishes in her last eight starts, including Grade 3 wins in the Winning Colors and the Chicago Handicap, respectively.
“She came back great and if everything continues to look like it does now, we’ll point towards the Ballerina,” Calhoun said. “It seemed like she handled everything great and ran hard. She just got beat by a really good filly. No excuses. It was a good field.
“I’m prejudiced, but I think the 1-2-3 finishers are probably the three best sprint fillies in the country,” he added. “We look forward to the rematch in four weeks in the Ballerina.”
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