07/31/2004 12:00AM

Chatter Chatter tries to transfer dirt form to turf


MIAMI - Chatter Chatter was the best 2-year-old filly on dirt stabled in south Florida at the end of 2003. On Monday, trainer Marty Wolfson gives her the opportunity to prove she can be just as good on turf in the $40,000 Mia's Hope Stakes at Calder.

Wolfson has entered a powerful one-two punch for the 1 1/16-mile Mia's Hope, with two-time stakes winner Chatter Chatter joined by her uncoupled stablemate Adobe Gold in the starting lineup. Thirteen 3-year-old fillies were entered for the overnight stakes, including key contenders R Obsession, Potion, and Blue Grass Dancer. Only 10 will start if the race stays on the grass.

Chatter Chatter rose to the head of her division here last fall following her dominant 19 1/2-length victory in the My Dear Girl Stakes. She followed that effort with a victory in the Jack O'Farrell Stakes, but was taken out of training with knee chips following a fifth-place finish in the Three Ring.

Wolfson brought Chatter Chatter back against some of the top 3-year-old filly sprinters in the nation in the six-furlong Azalea Breeders' Cup, but she was not up to the task coming off the layoff, finishing a well-beaten fifth in the Grade 3 sprint.

Chatter Chatter is a daughter of proven turf sire Lost Soldier and thus should handle the switch to the grass.

Adobe Gold is a steadily improving filly who comes off her best race yet, a convincing 4 3/4-length victory in the Halo America Stakes on July 6. Adobe Gold is out of Urus, a stakes-winning grass mare, and ran well in her only previous turf appearance when she finished a troubled second behind the older Iowa's Image this spring.

Potion and R Obsession both have won their last two starts, although only R Obsession has won on grass.

Blue Grass Dancer and Skip Command are the only two-time winners over the surface in this field. Special Report is a two-time stakes winner here this meet but has yet to try the grass.

Punch Appeal changes hands

Punch Appeal, current leader of the 2-year-old filly division, has been purchased privately and will be turned over to trainer Steve Asmussen, according to her former trainer, Bill White.

Punch Appeal won 3 of 4 starts, including both the J j'sdream and Chispiski stakes for White, who said that her previous owner, Diane Waldron, will retain a minor share in the filly. Although she is a Florida-bred, Punch Appeal is not eligible for the upcoming Florida Stallion Stakes.