Charlie A (Seresa’s Spirit, by Rahy) won at first asking, in a seven and a half furlong maiden special at Gulfstream last year. Since then, she had been having a rough stretch. After three off-board finishes in allowance company last spring, she stayed off the track for eight months. She returned in an allowance on December 28 in a one-mile N1X, finishing a respectable fifth in light of the fact that she had not raced since April.
Between that and the fact that Curlin’s progeny tend to improve as they get a bit older, it suggested things could be looking up for this four-year-old filly. She posted a regular series of works at Palm Meadows since that race, and returned in an N1X allowance optional at Gulfstream on February 15. In that race, Charlie A cut back to the same seven and a half-furlong distance of her maiden win, and was in under the allowance condition. Coincidentally, she also broke from post 11 — the same gate from which she made her maiden score.
Charlie A broke alertly, and found her place midpack. She went a little wide through the first turn, but looked in a comfortable stride. She stayed midpack down the backstretch, slowly gaining on the pacesetting Knacque. Charlie A came wide again through the second turn, this time five wide, but began a powerful run approaching the stretch. Relegated to the centre of the track, she blasted ahead passing the furlong pole. Jester and Me, even farther back than Charlie A early, made a game run on the inside. The challenge fell a head short; Charlie A got her second win.
Second off the lay, Charlie A has taken a step in the right direction. It would make sense to see her come back in N2X company, and hopefully she gets even better as the season progresses.