Girls Know Best Tackles Keeneland’s G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County On Friday

(Trainer Eddie Kenneally will saddle Girls Know Best in the G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland on Friday / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Triton Stable, Brian Chenvert and trainer Eddie Kenneally’s Girls Know Best will be in graded stakes company for the first time Friday when she starts in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3). The performance comes nearly a year after Chenvert and Kenneally claimed her for $40,000 at Keeneland.

“We claimed her because she knew how to win,” Kenneally said. “She had already won several races prior to us claiming her and she appeared to be in good health and a good, sound, pretty filly.”

For her current connections, Girls Know Best has blossomed into a turf sprint specialist with a pair of stakes victories, in January in the 5-furlong Ladies’ Turf Sprint at Gulfstream and in May in the 5½-furlong The Very One at Pimlico.

“We think her main weapon is her speed,” Kenneally said. “There’s not a lot of really short races for her on the dirt, so we opted to try her on the grass and sure enough it worked out well.”

In the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, Girls Know Best’s rivals will include Chanteline and Morticia, the respective winner and third-place finisher of the Smart N Fancy Aug. 26 at Saratoga. Girls Know Best was second in that race.

Kenneally said Kelly’s Landing, winner of the 2006 Phoenix (G3) at Keeneland, continues to thrive in semi-retirement. The 17-year-old gelding closed his 27-race career at age eight with 10 wins and a $1,853,831 bankroll for his breeder and owner, Summerplace Farm of the Lally family. Kelly’s Landing spends his summers at leisure at Summerplace, located in Lexington, and is scheduled to return to work as a stable pony in the Kenneally barn at Palm Meadows training facility in Florida this winter.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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