Finley’sluckycharm Earns First Grade 1 Victory In Madison On Opening Saturday Of Keeneland’s 2018 Spring Meet
Keeneland Press Release
Carl Moore Management’s Finley’sluckycharm pressed a rapid pace set by American Gal, took over in upper stretch and then held off Miss Sunset by a nose with Lewis Bay another nose back to win the 17th running of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares Saturday afternoon.
Other graded stakes winners Saturday afternoon were Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club in the 32nd running of the $250,000 Commonwealth (G3) and Wesley Ward’s Bound for Nowhere in the 22nd running of the $200,000 Shakertown (G2).
Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Finley’sluckycharm covered the 7 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.82. It was the seventh Keeneland stakes victory for both and their first in the Madison.
A Keeneland sales graduate, Finley’sluckycharm is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Twirling Candy out of the Victory Gallop mare Day of Victory.
The victory was worth $180,000 and improved Finley’sluckycharm’s earnings to $788,368 with a record of 15-10-3-0. Last fall, she won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) here.
American Gal set torrid fractions of :21.96 and :44.31 with Finley’sluckycharm in closest pursuit. The top two raced that way until the top of the stretch when Miss Sunset loomed up three wide.
By midstretch, the trio was joined on the outside by Lewis Bay, Ami’s Mesa and finally Salty in the charge to the wire that came up in time for Finley’sluckycharm.
Finley’sluckycharm returned $13.80, $7.20 and $4.60. Miss Sunset, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $8.20 and $4.60 with Lewis Bay paying $3.40 to show under Irad Ortiz Jr.
Finishing a head back in fourth was American Gal, who was followed in order by Salty, Ami’s Mesa, Tequilita, Ms Locust Point, Natural Wonder and Teresa Z.