02/18/2010 12:00AM

Chamberlain Bridge seeks repeat in Col. Power


A year ago, Chamberlain Bridge won the Colonel Power by three lengths as the odds-on favorite. Little has changed, as Chamberlain Bridge will again go forward the one to beat in the $60,000 Colonel Power at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.

His 2009 Colonel Power score came against many of the same competitors he faces again Saturday, and coming off a short vacation, Chamberlain Bridge is ready to defend, said his trainer.

"The break did him good," said trainer Bret Calhoun. "He put on some weight, and he's doing better than he's ever done."

It could fall to trainer Steve Margolis's coupled entry to work on Chamberlain Bridge both early and late.

Margolis will send speedy Country Day to work early. Coming into the race after the most dominating victory of his career and a bullet work, Country Day will try to wire the field.

"He's training good and he's ready to run," said Margolis. "After they canceled the King Cotton, we needed a race, and this looked like the spot for him."

The other half of the entry, Due Date, has the ability to rate, or to come from well off the pace, and Margolis plans on running them both.

"Due Date is doing very well," said Margolis. "We have a speed horse, and a stalker-closer, and hopefully one can get the job done."