Updated on 09/17/2011 1:07PM

'Barbara' on best behavior

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The Chaposa Springs Handicap (G3) is taken by Barbara O'Brien during Grand Slam I at Calder on Saturday.

MIAMI - Barbara O'Brien is such a rogue that trainer Harry Benson had to get special permission to saddle her outside the paddock before Saturday's $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap. But Barbara O'Brien behaved like a lady in the winner's circle after rallying to an easy 5 1/4-length victory over Holy Bubbette in the Grade 3 Chaposa Springs, the only graded race of the four stakes on Calder's Grand Slam I program.

Barbara O'Brien prompted the blistering early pace of 122-pound highweight Chispiski, who went the opening quarter- and half-miles in 22.02 and 44.83 seconds. Barbara O'Brien rallied three wide to take control on the turn, drew off in early stretch, and steadily increased her advantage under Eibar Coa. Holy Bubbette, the 3-1 favorite in a field of 12 fillies and mares, rallied mildly near the inside to finish second, a length in front of the fast-closing Splasha.

Barbara O'Brien, a 4-year-old daughter of Eltish, paid $13.20 after covering seven furlongs in 1:23.51 over a fast track. Her final time was .31 seconds faster than males ran the same distance in the Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap one race later.

"She's as bad an actor as they come," said Benson who trains Barbara O'Brien for the partnership of Kenneth Avanzino, Ed Wachtel, and the Double S Stable. "It takes four guys just to saddle her, and she reared up and flipped over before the race. The two times she's been at her worst, however, she has won stakes - here today and at Philadelphia Park earlier this year."

Kenny Noe: Hasty Kris ships to win

Hasty Kris made the long trip from California a fruitful one by riding the rail to a head victory over Canadian invader Wake at Noon in the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap.

Hasty Kris, whose only two victories over the past two years have come in optional claiming and allowance races, saved ground throughout the seven-furlong Noe and caught Wake at Noon in the final strides under Rene Douglas. Tour of the Cat finished third after lugging in in early stretch.

Sing Me Back Home, the 7-2 favorite, stopped to a walk and finished last after briefly contesting the pace with Wake at Noon.

Hasty Kris, who did not arrive in town until Thursday night, is owned by his trainer, John Sadler, and paid $10.20 after running seven furlongs in 1:23.82.

"He got very good this summer at Hollywood Park, popped a splint but came back real well," said Sadler's assistant Larry Benavidez.

Said Douglas: "It seems like the track was dead on the inside all day, but I had no choice but to stay there. All I could do was ride him as hard as I could. We never gave up."

Three Ring: Ender's Sister by two

Ender's Sister stepped up off an easy maiden victory at Belmont Park to capture her stakes debut, winning the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes by two lengths over Marina de Chavon.

Chatter Chatter, the 2-5 favorite, bore out badly after setting the early pace and finished a well-beaten fifth.

Ender's Sister, a 2-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.32 and paid $10.20 as the second choice in a field of eight juvenile fillies. She returned $19.20 to show after a bridge-jumper stepped into the pool on Chatter Chatter. Marina de Chavon returned $26.60 to show, and the third-place finisher, Runaway Rizzi, paid $33.60 to show.

Ender's Sister also completed the $1 all-stakes pick four, which paid $1,141.10.

Ender's Sister is owned by her breeder, the Green Lantern Stable, and trained by Rusty Arnold. She gave jockey Cornelio Velasquez a sweep of both 2-year-old stakes on the card. He guided Second of June to victory in the What a Pleasure Stakes earlier in the day.

Ender's Sister saved ground, took command in early stretch, then dug in gamely to withstand a stretch-long bid from Marina de Chavon. Marina de Chavon circled five wide while rallying into the stretch.

"I've liked her from the beginning, but it's taken her a while to come around," said Arnold of Ender's Sister. "Basically she's been waiting for two turns."