Chatter Chatter Leaves Foes Speechless

Even money choice Chatter Chatter, with Hall of Fame reinsman Jerry Bailey aboard, cruised to a 19 ½-length victory in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Saturday at Calder Race Course.

With the score in the My Dear Girl, the daughter of Lost Soldier denied French Village, who finished seventh, a sweep in the 22-year-old FSS series.

Bailey and trainer Marty Wolfson earned their second stakes win of the Festival of the Sun program. Earlier in the day, the pair combined with Wynn Dot Comma to take the $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes. For Bailey, the My Dear Girl represented his 62nd stakes tally of the year, putting him just six behind the record of 68 held by Mike Smith. For Wolfson, it was his sixth Florida Stallion Stakes win.

"She was fabulous in the paddock, quiet and relaxed," Wolfson said. "When I saw her get the lead, I knew they were never going to catch her. In the paddock she was staring off into space...I like that. She demoralizes the other horses. She is so fast and efficient."

The My Dear Girl was the second straight victory for Chatter Chatter, who broke her maiden here by 23 ¼ lengths on Sept. 19 after finishing second in the Susan's Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Aug. 30. She banked $240,000 Saturday to boost her earnings to $290,470 for her owner-breeder John Franks.

Franks was prevented from attending because the airplane he was on had to be landed due to a generator problem.

Ride Her Out, with Paul Toscano up, finished second in the field of eight 2-year-olds, two lengths clear of third-place finisher Runaway Rizzi, who was ridden by Manuel Aguilar. Chatter Chatter completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47 2/5.

(Chart, Equibase)