09/23/2008 11:00PM

Shesdebonairness may be ready to peak


With just three weeks remaining until the West Virginia Breeders Classics program at Charles Town, there isn't a clear-cut leader in the 3-year-old fillies division. The muddled picture could become clearer in Friday night's $50,000 Ruth Funkhouser Stakes, a seven-furlong race restricted to 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $125,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism on Oct. 18.

Shesdebonairness might be the one getting ready to peak at the right time. She makes the second start of her form cycle after finishing second as the 3-5 favorite in a 4 1/2-furlong allowance against open company five weeks ago.

Although she has yet to race seven furlongs in her 10-race career, Shesdebonairness, based at Laurel Park with trainer Dale Capuano, was good enough to win back-to-back two-turn races going 6 1/2 furlongs locally, including a restricted stakes last December.

We're in the Money has yet to regain the good form she displayed last year at 2, when she won four races, including the $190,000 Triple Crown Nutrition on the West Virginia Breeders Classics card. She's only 1 for 6 this season and has been beaten a combined 17 1/4 lengths in her last two starts, but caught wet tracks both times and may improve dramatically if she gets back on a fast track.

Smile Samantha and Bear'slittlebeauty are both coming off career-best Beyer Speed Figures as the two-three finishers in last month's Sylvia Bishop Memorial. Either one would be a threat in this spot if she moves forward at all.