Fletcher and Carolyn Grey’s homebred I’m A Chatterbox produced a dominating two-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Delaware Handicap, cruising under the wire in a final time of 2:02 3/5 for 10 furlongs over the fast main track. The 4-year-old daughter of Munnings is trained by Larry Jones and was ridden by Florent Geroux to the seventh win of her career.
At the break, I’m A Chatterbox veered sharply inward from the four-post, squeezing the three fillies to her inside. Money’soncharlotte took the worst of the blow between horses, subsequently knocking Paid Up Subscriber nearly sideways off her feet. Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., aboard Paid Up Subscriber, posted a claim of foul following the running of the race, but the objection was not allowed by the Delaware stewards.
Mei Ling inherited the early lead, and while Penwith set out to chase her it was Geroux and I’m A Chatterbox who re-organized and came around the outside to take up second position. Paid Up Subscriber re-gained her footing and held her position along the inside rail, waiting patiently under Santana. I’m A Chatterbox appeared rank to go on rounding the first turn, but Geroux convinced the filly to relax and track Mei Ling through fractions of :23 3/5 and :47 3/5, about a length off the lead. Approaching the three-quarters mark, I’m A Chatterbox began dragging Geroux to the lead all on her own, clocking the fraction with her nose in front in 1:12 4/5.
At the head of the lane, I’m A Chatterbox held a half-length lead over Mei Ling, but Paid Up Subscriber was making a strong run down the center of the track after saving ground around the turn. I’m A Chatterbox felt the pressure and never allowed Paid Up Subscriber within a length and a half of her lead, extending it late to cross the wire about two lengths in front. It was several more lengths back to Penwith, who re-rallied from the back of the pack to finish third, nosing out Mei Ling in fourth.
Bred in Kentucky, I’m A Chatterbox is out of a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Lost Soldier. She finished third in last year’s Kentucky Oaks, and the highlight of her season came in winning the G1 Cotillion at Parx. The Delaware Handicap victory marks the seventh overall win from 14 career starts for the homebred, and increases her earnings to over $ 1.8 million.
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