Won at 2NORFOLK S.
(gr. I , 8.5f , defeating Salute the Sarge, Shore Do, Beresford, Dodgen Bullets, Drewthegentleman, Guts, Yes It's a Cat, Rivergrade Boy ).
Can lightning strike twice? Owner Herman Sarkowsky and trainer Richard Mandella sure hope so. They teamed to win the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Phone Chatter and now have a candidate for the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with Phone Chatter’s grandson Dixie Chatter.
Dixie Chatter, by Dixie Union, had made the lead in the Sept. 5 seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) but was outkicked, finishing fifth though beaten only 11¼2 lengths. In the 81¼2-furlong Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meet on Sept. 30, the colt gamely made the lead and then went on to win by 11¼4 lengths.
Because Sarkowsky did not receive the amount he wanted at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale, he kept Dixie Chatter to race. Having been consigned to the auction for him by Hidden Brook, agent, Dixie Chatter was bought back on a bid of $220,000.
Dixie Chatter is out of the unraced Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat, who lost her first foal, a Theatrical offspring that died. She was then barren to Dixie Union for 2004 before producing Dixie Chatter. The 8-year-old mare aborted her 2006 foal, by Langfuhr, and this year produced a colt by Tale of the Cat.
Mini Chat was sold at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. Consigned by Stonereath Farms, agent, carrying the Tale of the Cat colt, she was bought by Marula Park Stud and Tony Holmes for $100,000. She is in foal to Indian Charlie.
Phone Chatter capped off a championship campaign by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She also won the Oak Leaf (gr. I) and Sorrento (gr. III) Stakes that year and in her career, captured five of 15 starts and earned $838,742. Phone Chatter was the first grade I winner bred by Sarkowsky, who has been in racing and breeding more than 35 years.
Phone Chatter is the dam of one other stakes winner, Nassau County Stakes (gr. II) winner Cat Chat, by Storm Cat.
Sarkowsky sold Phone Chatter at the 2001 Keeneland November sale. Consigned for him by Fred Seitz, agent, in foal to Dixie Union, she was purchased by Coolmore Stud’s John Magnier for $3.6 million.
Phone Chatter’s 2-year-old, a ridgling named Stormtalk, by Storm Cat, has made one start (at Saratoga), failing to place. Having been barren in 2006 to the cover of Storm Cat, the mare produced a Storm Cat filly in 2007.
Dixie Chatter is one of 16 stakes winners sired by Dixie Union, who stands at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Dixie Union stood this year for $50,000.—D.M.L.
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