07/12/2016 3:37PM

I'm a Chatterbox favored over five rivals in Delaware Handicap

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I'm a Chatterbox, who won the Obeah Stakes last month, has a home-court advantage in the Delaware Handicap.

I'm a Chatterbox should rule a heavy favorite in the marquee race of the Delaware Park season on Saturday when she faces five rivals in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap.

I'm a Chatterbox has started only twice this season, tuning up for the $750,000 Del Cap with an 8 1/2-length victory in the Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park on June 11. Trained by Larry Jones, she began her 4-year-old season by finishing second in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland.

"I like that we have a race over the track and nobody else will," Jones said.

I'm a Chatterbox's home field advantage runs deeper than just her Obeah victory. She has been based with Jones at Delaware the last two summers.

I'm a Chatterbox will carry 121 pounds in the Delaware Handicap and concede from four to 11 pounds.

I'm a Chatterbox's chief rivals include Paid Up Subscriber, who won the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 18 for trainer Al Stall Jr., and Penwith, winner of the Grade 2 Royal Delta at Gulfstream Park in February for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Penwith finished off the board in a pair of Grade 1's in her ensuing starts, the La Troienne at Churchill and the Santa Margarita at Santa Anita.

The lineup for the 1 1/4-mile Del Cap also includes Mei Ling, who was second last out in the 1 1/2-mile Rags to Riches Stakes for Todd Pletcher; Money'soncharlotte, who recently won a second-level optional-claiming race at Monmouth Park for Kelly Breen; and the Michael Dilger-trained Milaya, who won a maiden race at Delaware last summer and is the only horse in the field besides I'm a Chatterbox to have ever raced over the track.

I'm a Chatterbox swept the Fair Grounds series for 3-year-old fillies last year - the Fair Grounds Oaks, Rachel Alexandra, and Silverbulletday. After finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks, she went on to finish first by a nose over Curalina in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga but was disqualified to second for drifting out.

She finished second in the Grade 1 Alabama and then won the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx before concluding her season with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

I'm a Chatterbox had a training setback between the Doubledogdare and the Obeah.

"She came out of the Keeneland race well, but then you have to change tracks and we came here," Jones said. "She was galloping and twisted an ankle. We didn't have to do anything medically to it. She just needed a little time. It's all good now. There hasn't been any recurrence of it."

Jones said I'm a Chatterbox "got enough out of the Obeah" to set her up for the Delaware Handicap.

Jockey Gabriel Saez rode I'm a Chatterbox in the Obeah, but Florent Geroux, who was aboard for her previous nine races, has the mount Saturday.


 

r More than 1 year ago
Delaware is un-bettable.  Short fields.  No interest on this end here.
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
It be a nice match up and I' m a Chatterbox probably be the overwhelming favorite but better be on her game cause she slip up she can get beat! word of caution with throwing the bath water out with the baby in it!
Robert Breth More than 1 year ago
When I figure out what that means, I'll have a snappy reply.