Fancy Her Up to bid for Its Binn Too Long laurels
Heading into the latest edition of the $75,000 Its Binn Too Long Stakes for West Virginia-bred three-year-old fillies this Saturday night at Charles Town, it will not take long for onlookers to find the logical betting favorite for the one-turn dash as well as the sentimental one since they are both one in the same.
Although she was second in her most recent outing against allowance company here, Fancy Her Up is listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Its Binn Too Long Stakes this weekend and she could drop significantly lower than that based on her previous success in one-turn stakes here. Two starts after beating male rivals in her career debut in a one-turn maiden special weight dash, Fancy Her Up won the Rachel’s Turn Stakes at 4 1/2-furlongs before settling for minor spoils in two stakes while trying two turns for owner-breeder-trainer John A. Casey.
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“She got pressed early in that last race and it set up pretty good for the one that won it,” said Casey, who will again give a leg up to regular pilot Gerald Almodovar for Saturday’s Its Binn Too Long. “But I think she’s going to be able to make the lead this weekend, at least that’s the plan. Last year, she was little more headstrong and I don’t think she wanted any part of those 6 1/2-furlong races. But she’s a lot more mature this year and I think she’ll be okay in those races. But she’s coming into this race just right.”
Fancy Her Up, a winner twice in three starts this year and four times in eight career outings, which includes one try against stakes company on the turf at Colonial Downs, will not only be the public favorite for the Its Binn Too Long, but also the sentimental one for her owner-trainer. Its Binn Too Long was owned and bred by Eleanor Casey, the trainer’s mother, and trained by James W. Casey, the trainer’s father. Its Binn Too Long won the first seven starts of her career, including the Sadie Hawkins and the Cavada before concluding her career with eight wins and over $120,000 banked from 16 lifetime outings.
“My mother was the main reason we all got involved in racing,” Casey said of his late mother. “She loved the horses. She always enjoyed being around the horses. Its Binn Too Long was one of her best horses and one of her favorites. It’s always great to win a stakes. I think my filly is coming into it just right. But it’s always a little more special if you can win one when the race is named by one of your family’s horses.”
Casey is hardly assuming that Fancy Her Up will triumph on Saturday night and several other sophomore fillies are heading into the Its Binn Long in good form. Seneca Rocks, listed as the 3-1 second choice with Wesley Ho aboard, has won both of her starts for trainer Javier Contreras and owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms and makes her stakes debut four weeks after prevailing in her seasonal debut on April 23 against allowance rivals.
Change The World, third in the same allowance race that Seneca Rocks won here last month, is the 7-2 third choice for trainer Jeff Runco and owner-breeder Coleswood Farms. Lucylou Who has won three straight races for trainer Irving Velez and owner-breeder Robert Cole, Jr., and also makes her stakes debut as the 9-2 fourth choice. Silky Serena gets a very favorable outside draw for trainer John McKee and owner-breeder Cynthia McKee and also makes her stakes debut. Three other sophomore fillies entered for the Its Binn Too Long Stakes and listed at double-digit odds on the morning line include Whale Of A Time for Contreras, Ghostly Squall for McKee and rail bound Officer Cally for Michael Atkins.