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Charming Way made her stakes debut a winning one at Laurel Park on Sat., Feb. 17, taking the Nellie Morse by three and a half lengths.

The 5-year-old daughter of Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld entered the Nellie Morse on a three-race winning streak. She most recently won a second-level allowance at Laurel on Feb. 2 by a length. On the strength of her recent form, she went off as the 2-1 second choice in the six-horse Nellie Morse field, with defending champion Hybrid Eclipse the 6-5 favorite.

Charming Way broke well from post position two and drafted off early leader Hashtag Lucky while racing in the two-path. The longshot leader set fractions :24.00 and :48.57, while Charming Way continued to rate with New Hire to her direct inside. As they rounded the far turn, Jaime Rodriguez asked Charming Way for run, and she responded in kind, opening up as Hashtag Lucky offered no resistance. By the time they hit the eighth-pole, Charming Way had an insurmountable lead, and held on for the victory despite drifting out in the stretch. She ran 1 1/16 miles over a fast main track in 1:47.04.

The Nellie Morse boosted Charming Way’s record to 7-5-1 from 19 starts, with earnings of $325,511. She’s the fifth stakes winner for Blofeld and his top-earning progeny, surpassing Beach Daze’s mark of $307,310. 

Charming Way was originally campaigned by her breeder, Melissa Cantacuzene, and trained by Madison Meyers. She was claimed for $25,000 out of a winning effort at Laurel last July 30 by current owners Troy Johnson and trainer Jamie Ness. She finished second behind stakes winner Mama G’s Wish in a first-level allowance on Aug. 12 in her first start for her new connections, and has not lost since.

Charming Way is out of the More Than Ready mare Ready Charm, purchased for $15,000 by Cantacuzene at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. After Ready Charm returned a $10,000 RNA at the 2008 John Franks Memorial Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, Cantacuzene campaigned her throughout her 15-race career. She retired with a career record of 4-2-3 and earnings of $55,807. Ready Charm is a half-sibling to eight winners, including stakes winners Simmstown (Limehouse) and Toccet’s Charm (Toccet), Group 2-placed Aljuljalah and stakes-placed Bay Finn.  

Ready Charm has six starters from six foals of racing age. In addition to Charming Way, she’s also produced the winning Scipion filly Valentine Charm. After not being bred for 2020, 2021 or 2022, Ready Charm delivered a full sibling to Charming Way named Skullduggery on March 20 last year and was bred back to Blofeld.

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