Silky Serena bests elders in Fancy Buckles

While trainer Tim Grams had a trio of runners for Saturday’s Fancy Buckles Stakes at Charles Town Races, John McKee saddled only one. That turned out to be plenty for McKee, however, as Silky Serena posted a hard-fought victory in the $75,000 dash for state-bred fillies and mares.

The three-year-old Silky Serena, beating her elders in the Fancy Buckles, now has three wins, two in stakes company, from five starts with earnings of $119,418. A filly by Fiber Sonde, she was bred and is owned by McKee’s wife Cyndy McKee and last month had earned her first stakes score in the It’s Binn Too Long.

Under jockey Reshawn Latchman, Silky Serena was away alertly from the outside stall to press the pace of the Grams-trained Good Karma. Those two ripped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.87 seconds with just a half-length separating them.

Passing the three-sixteenths pole, Silky Serena poked her head in front as Good Karma threw in the towel, ultimately finishing sixth. Silky Serena kicked two lengths clear in mid-stretch before post time favorite Alpine Moon found a seam and shaved the gap to three parts of a length at the wire.

Running time for the 4 ½ furlongs on a fast main track was 52.45 seconds. After the top pair, Lady Storm rallied into third in a race in which the top seven all were within three lengths at the end.

Silky Serena paid $10.20 on a two-dollar win wager. The exacta returned $27.80 for a buck.

Defending champ Our Diamond Girl finished fifth, the best of the Grams triumvirate. She was followed by Good Karma in sixth Talent Expected, who faded to last.

  • Silky Serena and Reshawn Latchman won the Fancy Buckles Stakes. Photo by Coady Photography.