Kya One continued to save ground through the turn, improving her position to fifth as the tiring pacesetters began to retreat. The French-bred filly was then tipped three-wide at the top of the stretch to advance on the inherited leader Naples Bay, putting her head in front with 50 yards to run before expanding that margin through the wire, stopping the timer in 1:47.40 for the 1 1/8-mile trip over firm ground.
“At the three-eighths pole I had a good position, and then when I pushed, my filly started running hard,” Lopez said. “She tried real hard form the mile to the mile and a sixteenth, and she finished strong. She’s a nice filly.”
Trained by Chad Brown, Kya One returned $5.60, $3.20, and $2.40 for the win. Naples Bay paid $3.60 and $2.80 when holding on for second, a neck better than Janicellaine, who paid $3.00 when third.
Completing the order of finish was Hooh Why, Callmethesqueeze, Speak Easy Gal, and Wicked Night.
With her victory in the My Charmer, Kya One has now prevailed in six of her 21 lifetime starts with lifetime earnings of $234,168. Thursday’s race marked the second North American appearance for the daughter of One Cool Cat, who had competed exclusively in her native France for the first 19 outings of her career.