Home Edge Goes to Chispiski in Chaposa Springs

Brazil Stable's Chispiski took advantage of a Calder track favoring speed to win Saturday's $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

Chispiski broke rapidly from the starting gate along with Interest Only and those two opened up several lengths on the rest of the going down the backstretch. Chispiski, with jockey Julio Garcia aboard, then proceeded to shake loose of Interest Only and held a big lead approaching the three-eighths pole.

The 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Appealing Skier was threatened down the stretch by a late-closing Abundantly Blessed nearing the wire but held on for the victory by a neck. It was six lengths back to Away in third.

"My filly has only one idea – go in front," said Garcia. "It's my best chance. She ran to the end. She didn't quit."

Trained by Ron Spatz, Chispiski covered the distance in 1:25 to earn $60,000 for her owners.

In 2002, Chispiski has now won eight of her 12 starts She sported a four-race winning streak at Calder earlier this year. Overall, she's nine for 18 in her career with earnings of $242,634.

This was only Chispiski's second start at seven furlongs.

"This is a very fast filly but I had some doubts about her going seven-eighths," said Spatz. "She had to run pretty hard the early part of it. She runs hard all the way every time she runs. You could see she was getting tired in the stretch, but all the others were in a drive, too. We had a little home-court advantage with some of these fillies."

Sent off at 9-1in a field of eight, she paid $20, $9.40 and $4.80. Abundantly Blessed returned $24.80 and $7.80. Away paid $3.40 to show. Platinum Tiara, the 2-1 favorite, was sixth.

(Chart, Equibase)