05/08/2008 11:00PM

Gilchrist likes his filly's chances


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The closing day Mother's Day Handicap at Bay Meadows lines up as one of the toughest stakes of the meet.

Five of the eight runners in the $55,000-added 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares are stakes winners and two are stakes placed.

The trainer of Wild Promises, Greg Gilchrist, need not be concerned about surface, distant, or pace for his filly, who has 5 wins, 5 seconds, and a third in 11 career starts.

She comes off a head loss to Unspoken Word, the best of three uncoupled horses for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who also entered stakes-winning Rockella and stakes-placed Andover the Cash, who finished third behind Unspoken Word and Wild Promises in the one-mile Hillsborough Handicap on the turf here March 29.

Unspoken Word has since finished fifth after stalking the pace in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park on April 23.

"I respect them all, but if there's one you directly have to consider, it's Unspoken Word, because she beat my filly last time," Gilchrist said.

Wild Promises stalked Unspoken Word and made up all but a head of a two-length deficit in the stretch in the Hillsborough.

With more pace lined up in this race and the additional distance, Gilchrist likes his chances.

Tucker's Tune, a sprinter, figures to be a pace factor. Greetings, a graded stakes winner in Brazil, has stalking speed. Butters, stretching out after earning checks in the Bay Meadows Distaff Sprint and Grade 3 Las Flores on April 6 at Santa Anita, should be sitting closer early.

Private Banking will try to take advantage of an honest pace with her late kick.

Another reason for Gilchrist's optimism is drawing the 6 post.

"I don't think breaking from the 11 hole helped when you talk about the six inches she got beat," Gilchrist said of the Hillsborough.

"Every race is a new one, and Unspoken Word is very nice. You also have to consider Jerry has three in the race. He holds a whole lot of cards, He might pick up the slack at the end with one of them."

Wild Promises, a half to Icy Atlantic, a multiple stakes winner on turf, has taken it relatively easy since the Hillsborough, with only two works, but finished preparations with a best-of-34 five-furlong bullet work of 1:00.80 on May 1.