Updated on 09/17/2011 11:35AM

Calder: Chispiski repeats

Jean Raftery
Jockey Julio Garcia guides Chispiski to a front-running victory in the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder Race Course on Saturday.

MIAMI - In nearly a carbon copy of her 2002 performance, Chispiski led every step of the way to defeat Barbara O'Brien by 1 1/2 lengths in the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder.

Chispiski, a 4-year-old daughter of Appealing Skier, led throughout to win last year's U Can Do It by 3 3/4 lengths.

Chispiski set fractions of 21.84 and 44.96 seconds while well clear on the lead under regular rider Julio Garcia. She turned for home nearly three lengths clear of Sea Span and, despite failing to change leads until late stretch, held off a mild rally from Barbara O'Brien to record her fifth career stakes victory.

Barbara O'Brien raced within striking distance from the outset of the 6 1/2-furlong U Can Do It, angled inside for the stretch run, and rallied mildly to finish second, 3 1/4 lengths in front of the tiring Sea Span.

Vision in Flight, the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine older fillies and mares, had some traffic problems around the turn and finished a nonthreatening sixth.

Chispiski, trained by Ron Spatz for the Brazil Stables, paid $8.20. Her final time of 1:17.61 over a fast track was a full second faster than her winning time in the 2002 U Can Do It.