(from Hollywood Park stable notes)
Grade I winner Dixie Chatter worked a sharp seven furlongs at Santa Anita Park May 9 and earned the green light from trainer Richard Mandella for his season bow in the seven-furlong Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park May 18.
“He worked in 1:25 and three with (jockey Richard) Migliore,” said Mandella enthusiastically. “He couldn’t look any better.”
Dixie Chatter was considered the top 2-year-old colt in the West and one of the best in the nation after capturing the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Sept. 30.
He was flown to Monmouth Park for the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in October, but ran a temperature and was scratched from the race.
“A few weeks after he came home from the Breeders’ Cup, he came up with a sore hind ankle,” explained Mandella. “We gave him another month off, brought him back slow, and he came back great.”
Dixie Chatter, a homebred owned by Herman Sarkowsky, is a son of Dixie Union, who finished second in the 2000 Lazaro Barrera behind Caller One before winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Dixie Chatter faces a lineup that could include Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) winner and Norfolk runner-up Salute the Sarge.