Updated on 09/17/2011 8:55PM

Pleasant Chimes a filly on the rise


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - In the Gold may not have Sis City to deal with in Saturday's Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but that doesn't mean she'll have an easy time of it in the Grade 2, $150,000 race for 3-year-old fillies.

Pleasant Chimes, who has looked good winning both of her starts, could be the one to beat in the nine-furlong Bonnie Miss, which drew a field of seven. The Bonnie Miss, which goes as race 3, is one of five Grade 2 events on the card.

, a daughter of Pleasant Tap, won a seven-furlong race by one length in her debut on Jan. 13. Trainer Mark Hennig stretched her out to nine furlongs three weeks later, and Pleasant Chimes responded with an emphatic 4 1/4-length score in an entry-level allowance race. Hennig believes the Bonnie Miss is no tougher than a second-level allowance race.

"It's obviously not coming up especially tough," Hennig said. "She's doing very well. She won here going a mile and an eighth, and she seems to have kept moving forward. It takes a pretty nice horse to make that move sprinting to a mile and an eighth, and it seems like she was stronger the last eighth than at any point in the race."

Eibar Coa will ride Pleasant Chimes from post 4.

In the Gold came up a head short in the Grade 2 Alcibiades Stakes last year before having to scratch out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies because of a fever. She made a nice 3-year-old debut, winning a one-mile allowance race on Jan. 13 before finishing second, 16 lengths behind Sis City, in the Davona Dale.

In the Gold's trainer, Nick Zito, believes the filly simply ran into a freak that day and hopes there isn't one in here. Pat Day will ride In the Gold from post 6.

Jill Robin L finished behind In the Gold in both the allowance race and the Davona Dale, but gets a rider switch to Jerry Bailey. Other than Pleasant Chimes, Jill Robin L is the only other horse in the field to have won around two turns.

Sweet Talker, who went 3 for 5 as a 2-year-old, including a stakes victory on turf, will make her seasonal and two-turn debut in this spot. Trainer Ken McPeek believes Sweet Talker is 85 to 90 percent fit for this race.

Aspen Tree, third in the Old Hat Stakes here on Feb. 5, goes back on Lasix and stretches out around two turns for the first time. She shows a bullet work at Palm Meadows on Monday.