Juveniles Work Toward Calder's 'Grand Slam' Stakes
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 7:38 PM
Posted: Monday, December 8, 2003 7:56 PM
Photo: Associated Press
Silver Wagon, winning the Hopeful.
Buckram Oak Farm's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon and John Franks' juvenile filly Chatter Chatter turned in solid workouts at Calder Monday morning as they prepare for engagements Saturday on the "Grand Slam I" program.
Silver Wagon worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:13 4/5 as the Ralph Ziadie-trained son of Wagon Limit gets ready for his role as the favorite in the $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes. The roan/gray hasn't run since his stunning four-length victory in the Hopeful at Saratoga on Aug. 30.
Chatter Chatter will be a short-priced favorite in the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes, companion event to the What A Pleasure for fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles. A homebred daughter of Lost Soldier, Chatter Chatter is trained by Marty Wolfson and was sharp Monday morning as she was timed five-eighths in 59 4/5.
Jockey Jerry Bailey has ridden both Silver Wagon and Chatter Chatter in their last two starts and is expected to ride both on Saturday. Bailey continues to add to North American records this year for purse earnings by his mounts and stakes victories.
In addition to the two juvenile stakes, Saturday's stakes program will include the $100,000 Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap and $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III), companion events at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds and up, the latter for fillies and mares.
Working out Sunday for the Kenny Noe, Jr. were Wake At Noon (1:00 4/5) and Tour of the Cat (1:06 3/5), and Monday were Built Up (1:01 3/5) and Brereton (1:00 4/5). Preparing for the Chaposa Springs Sunday morning were Barbara O‚Brien (1:00 2/5) and Win's Fair Lady (46 3/5) and Monday were Chispiski (1:02 4/5) and Splasha (1:02).
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