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.

Classy Act:

“One thing that cost Classy Act a little bit is she broke a little tardy and she usually breaks sharp. The main thing you want to do is just don’t touch her, don’t smooch at her, or take a big hold. Because she did break tardy, he had to kind of shove on her a little bit and when he did she jumped into the bridle a little harder than he wanted. She got a little too keen. If she breaks like she’s supposed to, he probably never has to touch her and she’s probably a little more relaxed. I was happy with it, I wish she would’ve broke a little sharper. I think that would’ve helped us a little bit but I don’t know it would’ve changed the outcome.”

Coming back for the Fair Grounds Oaks?

“I think so. If she looks good after this and bounces back good, I think we will come back.”

Patrona Magarita

“I thought I had her really ready and really fit, but to come off the bench in these kind of races is very difficult. She looked like she was going to be third and flattened out, she just got a little tired. I was happy her race overall too.”

Calhoun indicated the Fair Grounds Oaks is likely for her too.

Bret Calhoun, Trainer of Classy Act and Patrona Margarita

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