Chatter Chatter once again proved herself the class of Calder's 2-year-old filly division by taking the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies by two lengths Saturday.
Ridden by Jerry Bailey, Chatter Chatter, who won her last two races by more than 42 lengths combined, broke on top in the seven-furlong contest. She was never seriously challenged and cruised home ahead of Usual Manner, who was the only filly to get close to her at all in the race. Runaway Rizzi was third.
"She showed more speed than I thought she would," Bailey said. "I figured I would be tracking (Usual Manner) by a couple of lengths. By golly, she was in it from the beginning today. I think she feels more comfortable when she can get into a longer stride and has more distance to do it. Not that I asked her to do anything early, but she left there fast. It was a fast pace and she wanted to be in it. It just got her revved up."
Trained by Marty Wolfson for owner/breeder John Franks, Chatter Chatter was sent off as the overwhelming favorite at odds of 1-to-9, returning $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 for the win. She covered the seven-eighths in 1:25 1/5. The daughter of Lost Soldier had taken the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes by 19 ½ lengths in her last start, denying French Village a sweep of the series.
Chatter Chatter improved to 3-2-1 in six starts and upped her career earnings to $380,470 with the $90,000 winner's share.
"She just prefers to go two turns," noted Wolfson. "She's so fast, she gets confused and doesn't change leads (sprinting)."
The Joe O'Farrell was Bailey's 67th stakes victory in 2003. The Hall of Fame rider is chasing the North American single season record for stakes wins by a jockey. The record is 68 set by Mike Smith in 1994.
Usual Manner returned $2.20 and $2.10. Runaway Rizzi's show was $2.10.