08/02/2007 12:00AM

Difficult to look beyond Indian Chant


Indian Chant set a track record in his last start, on closing day of the Churchill Downs meet, and he is expected to be an overwhelming favorite Saturday when he faces seven others in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint at six furlongs.

Indian Chant, who was claimed for $50,000 by owner Maggi Moss last fall at Hollywood Park, led every step of the way to set a track record of 1:07.55 for six furlongs on July 8 and once again looks to be the one to catch. Trained by Tom Amoss, the 4-year-old California-bred Indian Chant will be ridden by Glenn Corbett. This owner, trainer, and jockey combination teamed up to win this race in 2005 with Premium Saltine.

Indian Chant's main foe may be the locally based Kingsfield, who comes off a late-running third-place finish in the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap on June 30. The expected early speed in this race should provide Kingsfield with a good setup. Trained by Thad Keller, the 4-year-old Kingsfield will break from the rail with Joel Campbell.

The lone 3-year-old in the race is the Jimmy Divito-trained Piratesonthelake, who is 2 for 2 while facing older horses. Diego Sanchez, who was aboard for Piratesonthelake's front-running victory last time out, has a return call.

Markum, who passed tired horses in Indian Chant's track-record performance at Churchill, figures to be closing under Richard Monterrey.