07/25/2007 11:00PM

Sea Chanter a standout


Take Sea Chanter out of the field for Saturday's $60,000 Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs and you would be left with 13 2-year-old fillies, any one of which could win the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint. But Sea Chanter has indeed been entered, and that means those same 13 fillies are running for second.

Sea Chanter seems to have everything going for her. Unlike most of her opponents, she has raced in the major leagues. In her only start, she won a maiden special weight turf sprint by 6 3/4 lengths at Belmont in 1:10.06 for six furlongs. Her owner, Stonerside Stable, and trainer, Todd Pletcher, are two of the biggest names in the game. Her Beyer Speed Figure from her debut, 74, is 7 points higher than the next-best figure in the field - and there's no doubt she can run faster. Ryan Fogelsonger will be aboard Saturday.

Perhaps the biggest threat to Sea Chanter is the possibility of hitting traffic in the full field. If that happens, My Little Josie looks most likely to take advantage.

My Little Josie rallied from seventh to win her only start, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden turf sprint at Colonial. Trained by Ann Merryman, My Little Josie went off at nearly 50-1 in her debut, but figures to be a distant second choice to Sea Chanter in the Tippett.