Pleasant Chimes Ready for Challenge in Bonnie Miss
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2005 11:46 AM
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2005 4:41 PM
In the Gold and Jill Robin L. won't have Sis City to chase again, but they might have another worry in Saturday's Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
The race for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs drew a field of seven.
In the Feb. 5 Davona Dale (gr. II) over the same surface, Sis City romped home by 16 lengths while In the Gold and Jill Robin L finished second and third, respectively, just a length separating them.
While they will both draw support, Pleasant Chimes may be the one to watch in the $150,000 race.
Pleasant Chimes, by Pleasant Tap
out of Dixie Chimes, by Dixieland Band
, is unbeaten in two lifetime starts, both at this year's Gulfstream meeting. The Edward P. Evans homebred broke her maiden for trainer Mark Hennig Jan. 13 going seven furlongs, and then came back Feb. 3 in an allowance event at the same distance as the Bonnie Miss.
Eibar Coa, who was aboard in both her wins, will again handle the Virginia-bred Pleasant Chimes, who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Freefourinternet. She will break from post four and like all but one entrant, carry 116 pounds. Sweet Talker was assigned 118.
In the Gold, by Golden MissileM, won an allowance race at Gulfstream before the Davona Dale, which also was run at 1 1/8 miles. Owned by Charlotte Webber's Live Oak Plantation and trained by Nick Zito, she will be ridden by Pat Day.
Sweet Talker is making her first start of the year for trainer Ken McPeek. She won the Caressing Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall and is three for five lifetime. The daughter of Stormin Fever
, owned by Lisa and Eliah Kahn, will be ridden by Brice Blanc.
The field, in post order:
1. Cool Spell, Cornelio Velasquez
2. Annette's Jet, Jose Santos
3. Aspen Tree, Javier Castellano
4. Pleasant Chimes, Eibar Coa
5. Jill Robin L, Jerry Bailey
6. In the Gold, Pat Day
7. Sweet Talker, Brice Blanc
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