Co-owned by trainer Eddie Kenneally and Brian Chenvert, the former $40,000 claimer Girls Know Best proved a deserving even-money favorite in Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico. The contest was taken off the turf and run over the sloppy main track, and after tracking the pace the 4-year-old Posse filly crossed the wire two lengths in front. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Girls Know Best completed five furlongs in :57.00 to earn 10 points in the MATCH series' Filly & Mare Sprint – Turf division.
Bred in Kentucky by Don Von Hemel and Todd Dunn, Girls Know Best is out of the Maria's Mon mare Now U Know. The filly has now won nine of her 15 career starts, earning $320,000.
“I didn't know what to think [about running on off track],” trainer Eddie Kenneally said by phone from Kentucky. “I contemplated scratching her, even though she has won six races on the dirt, but not at this level. I didn't know if I should run her or not, but we decided to go ahead and it worked out. She had won five races before we claimed her. She knew how to win. She was just a 3-year-old last year. A 3-year-old having already won five races means a lot. She looked like she was a pretty sound filly so we went ahead and claimed her. She's matured and grew-up and I think she's just sort of got lucky, really.
“[Javier Castellano] knows her and he's won a stakes on her at Gulfstream this year. I think he rides her with some confidence and we figured that is the only way to ride her. She's naturally quick, so there isn't a whole lot of instructions, really.
“We'll see what comes up for her. I think she will go back to the grass.”
The Very One is the first of five MATCH Series races in the Filly and Mare Sprint—Turf Division, but consistent and at times heavy rain over several days forced the race to the main track. The points for finish position, however, still count toward the division, and the next race in the sequence is the $100,000 Penn Ladies Dash on the grass at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course June 2.
The Very One attracted 14 entries and, because of the surface switch, eight went to post. Girls Know Best, owned by Brian Chenvert and trainer Eddie Kenneally, took command under Javier Castellano from front-running Victorias Fire at the top of the stretch in the five-furlong stakes and pulled away to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Pretty Perfection. Anna's Bandit, based at Laurel Park, broke last and rallied nicely for third.
“She's very straightforward,” said Castellano. “She's got the speed and she's got the dimension. I like her because she doesn't have to be in the lead, and that other horse she targeted and let dictate the race. She just sat right off her and relaxed. If she wants to go to the lead she can, but today they were going fast and my goal was to save something for the end and that's what happened. She finished really strong.”
Girls Know Best earned 10 points for her victory in The Very One. Pretty Perfection, who is based at Monmouth Park with trainer Kelly Breen, now has 7 points, followed by Anna's Bandit (5), Chanteline (3), Smiling Causeway (2), Daylight Ahead (1), Keep Your Distance (1) and Victorias Fire (1).
“We know about the series, and I will talk to Eddie about it,” said Bill Chenvert, father of the co-owner.
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