02/13/2006 12:00AM

Classy Charm just needs a trip


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The name has likely been in the Stable Mail files of many a trip handicapper who witnessed the filly's eventful 2006 debut at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 27. They all will have the opportunity to cash in when Classy Charm runs in Wednesday's $37,000 feature, an optional claiming race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

Classy Charm has held her form nicely for trainer John Kimmel despite having her share of bad luck since early September. Part of her problems arose when she was matched against graded-stakes types Indian Vale and Play Ballado in two of her final four starts at 3. To her credit, Classy Charm was able to finish second on both occasions, including in the Miss Oceana Stakes at Aqueduct. She was able to easily handle lesser opposition when she rallied to a 2 1/2-length victory in the restricted Colonial Minstrel Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 29.

Kimmel returned Classy Charm to allowance company here last month, but this time it was an unlucky trip that kept her out of the winner's circle. Allowed to settle at the rear of the pack, Classy Charm made a quick mid-race run to reach contention down the backstretch but was forced to steady near the three-eighths pole and again in early stretch. She finished second as the 2-1 favorite while proving no match for the winner, Getcozywithkaylee.

Classy Charm should get enough pace to run at Wednesday with Preach It, Darluna, and Character Builder breaking from the inside three gates.

Preach It is the fastest of the trio and could be dangerous if allowed to relax in front, although she has yet to win beyond a mile. Preach It led into the stretch while racing along a deep rail before finishing fourth, a half-length behind Classy Charm, when the pair met last month.

Trainer Frank Brothers will use the same turf -to-dirt modus operandi that resulted in Character Builder's 3 1/4-length allowance win at Keeneland on Oct. 20. She came back to miss by only a half-length in a key allowance race to close out her 3-year-old campaign, then returned off a two-month freshening to finish an even fifth going a mile on the turf here Jan. 14.

A Lulu Ofa Menifee returns to the main track off a steady diet of turf races which included three tries against graded stakes company. All three of her career victories have come on dirt.