My Jo Lee Stable's Wild Heart Dancing won the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Calder Race Course via the disqualification of Megans Bluff. Wild Heart Dancing set all the fractions while tracked by Megans Bluff, who bumped with Wild Heart Dancing in the stretch before finishing the 1 1/8 miles 3/4 lengths in front, completing the distance in 1:47.58 on firm turf.
Wild Heart Dancing set moderate fractions under jockey Jorge Chavez while maintaining a one-length lead over Megans Bluff through a half-mile in :48.77 and six furlongs in 1:11.83. Megans Bluff ranged up on the outside of the leader in the stretch as the two spurted away from the field before causing the interference in deep stretch. Orange Sunset finished third, followed by Amalia, Emanating, Horatia, Idle Rich, Erin Murphy, St. Bernadette, Cybil, and Grand Veranda. Chasing Stars broke down while approaching the far turn.
"I don't like to win that way (through disqualification), but I'll take it," said Chavez. "My filly tried hard but the outside horse (Megans Bluff) bumped me a little bit."
The third choice in the wagering, Wild Heart Dancing returned $9.20, $5 and $4. Megans Bluff paid $3.80 and $3. Orange Sunset was worth $4.80 to show. The winning exacta combination paid $40.20.
Wild Heart Dancing (Farma Way--Star of Wicklow, by Fast Play) earned her seventh career stakes win and $60,000. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly is trained by Eugene Brajczewski and was bred by J.R. Cavanaugh. In her most recent race prior to the My Charmer, she won the Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) in October at Aqueduct. The My Charmer marks Wild Heart Dancing's ninth career win from 25 starts.
"I thought the other filly (Megans Bluff) came over and knocked my filly off stride," said Brajczewski. "I was going to claim foul myself, but the stewards put up the inquiry sign, so I guess they saw it the way I did. She's been a nice filly since I've had her (mid-summer). This is my first time at Calder. We were going to send her to California for the Matriach, but she came up with a little mucus in her lungs. This worked out fine instead. I sent her down (from Chicago) about a week ago and she got to train over the course. She'll go over to Gulfstream and point for the stakes over there. I think her best distance is a mile-and-a-sixteenth to a mile-and-an-eighth. I don't think she wants to go much further than that." (Chart, Equibase