05/17/2012 10:39AM

Pimlico: Innocent Man tries to stay perfect in Chick Lang

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Laurie's Rocket, winner of the Bachelor at Oaklawn, is among the contenders in Saturday's Chick Lang.

Trainer Patrick Biancone was quite succinct when asked what has impressed him most about the 3-year-old Innocent Man, who has won his first two career starts.

“He’s fast,” Biancone said.

After two front-running scores at Santa Anita, Innocent Man will make his stakes debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico going six furlongs.

Biancone was planning to run Innocent Man in last weekend’s Laz Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park at seven furlongs. But on May 6, Biancone shipped Innocent Man from his Santa Anita base to Hollywood for a workout and he didn’t like the way Innocent Man handled the Cushion Track.

Innocent Man has flashed brilliant speed in his first two starts, running a half-mile in 44.00 seconds in his debut which he won by 1 1/4 lengths, and then a half-mile in 43.22 seconds in a first-level allowance race in which he beat the highly regarded Gun Boat. That day, he ran six furlongs in 1:08.03.

“I don’t think we really need that, but both times he ran he drew the one [post], he needed to get out and he was in front,” said Biancone, who noted that the colt’s ears were up. “He’s got a high cruising speed.”

Innocent Man will break from post 3 on Saturday under Joel Rosario, who has been aboard for both of his starts.

Il Villano, a winner of overnight stakes at Parx and Aqueduct, makes his first start since finishing second to Thunder Moccasin in the Grade 2 Hutcheson in February.

Laurie’s Rocket, trained by Dallas Stewart, figures to be rallying late under Corey Nakatani. He comes off a one-length victory in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn on April 7.