Silky Serena scores in Its Binn Too Long

Silky Serena surged in the final furlong to score a half-length win in Saturday’s $75,000 Its Binn Too Long Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Charles Town Races.

The win was her second from four career starts and pushed her bankroll to $73,518. The improving Fiber Sonde filly didn’t break her maiden until March 24, as she missed eight months following her July 2021 debut. But she’s figuring this racing thing out pretty quickly.

Under jockey Reshawn Latchman, Silky Serena broke sharply and quickly settled in third place, two lengths off the dueling pair of Fancy Her Up, the post time favorite, and Lucylou Who. Those two set down an opening fraction of 21.94 seconds for the quarter on a fast main track.

Rounding the turn Silky Serena remained just off the leaders while in the three path. She inched closer as the field turned for home, and after switching to her right lead, she seized the advantage in late yards to win. 

Running time for the 4 ½ furlongs was 51.75 seconds. Lucylou Who finished second, three parts of a length ahead of Fancy Her Up in third. Two lengths farther back in fourth was 36-1 outsider Whale of a Time.

As the fifth-longest shot in the field of eight, Silky Serena paid $20 to win. The exacta, with Lucylou Who off at 9-2, returned $53.10 on a one-dollar wager.

Silky Serena is a McKee family affair, bred and owned by Cyndy McKee and trained by husband John McKee. She is out of the Honour and Glory mare Safe At First.

  • Silky Serena won the Its Binn Too Long Stakes. Photo Coady Photography.