09/23/2003 12:00AM

Bailey commits to Chatter Chatter


MIAMI - Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey has committed to ride at Calder for the rich Festival of the Sun program on Oct. 11.

Bailey's agent, Ron Anderson, said Bailey will ride Chatter Chatter in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes. Chatter Chatter finished second behind the undefeated French Village in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes, then returned last Friday to dominate a field of maiden fillies by 23 lengths. Chatter Chatter's final time of 1:40.20 for one mile earned her a 92 Beyer Speed Figure.

"Obviously she was very impressive breaking her maiden the other day," Anderson said. "As for the rest of the card, I'll fill in the blanks as we go along. Right now one of Jerry's main goals this year is to break Mike Smith's single season stakes record of 68 [wins], and all those stakes races on Calder's card that afternoon is very appetizing to us."

Bailey won his 55th stakes race of the year Sunday at Belmont.

Anderson has already received several calls from local trainers hoping to secure Bailey's services on the Festival of the Sun program. He also said trainer Bill Mott has indicated he might send a couple of 3-year-olds down for the day. The Festival card includes the $200,000 Calder Derby for 3-year-old colts and geldings and the $200,000 Calder Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

Bailey logical fit for All True

Trainer Ralph Ziadie may have the inside track on Bailey's services for the $400,000 In Reality. Bailey rode Silver Wagon to victory for Ziadie in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes and will be aboard him once again in the Champagne Stakes on Oct. 4.

Ziadie is planning to run All True, runnerup in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes, in the In Reality. The In Reality will be run at 1 1/16 miles. Like Silver Wagon, All True is owned by Buckram Oak Farm.

Both Silver Wagon and All True worked Monday. Silver Wagon went a very easy five furlongs in 1:04 while All True breezed the same distance in 1:02.80. Silver Wagon will have his last major prep for the Champagne here next Monday before flying to New York the following day.

Storm Flag fails turf test

The turf experiment with Storm Flag has likely ended as quickly as it began.

The fleet 3-year-old filly, idle since finishing second in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup Handicap on July 12, made her grass debut against males in Monday's fifth race. But after contesting a 21.09-second opening quarter-mile with Star Tier, Storm Flag tried to bear out into the far turn and quickly faded. She finished last of eight, beaten 13 lengths as the even-money favorite.

Love's Secret proved the beneficiary of Storm Flag's apparent inability to handle the turf, rallying from just off the pace to wear down Star Tier for his second victory of the year and 13th career win on grass. Eleven of the 13 turf wins have come over Calder grass. True Love's Secret is trained by Ross Wolfendale for owner-breeder Robert Bakerman.

Wild Jake wins, but no takers?

The most amazing aspect of Monday's seventh race was not the fact Wild Jake won as the 6-5 favorite, but that the 3-year-old son of Nines Wild was not claimed.

Wild Jake had been claimed out of each of his previous four starts and from six of his prior eight starts, dating back to May 4. Among those who had Wild Jake along the way was trainer Bobby Hale.

"He's an amazing horse," Hale said. "He just keeps running well no matter what barn he's in. I claimed him for $12,500 last fall. He won the day I lost him for $16,000 in May. I took him back two starts later for the same price and got a win and a second out of him before losing him again for $16,000 three weeks later."

Wild Jake ran for a $25,000 claiming tag for owner Mike Gill and trainer Gamaliel Vazquez on Monday.