Perko45’s $500,000 earner Chant the Gold returns from a four-month layoff in the $375,000 Yanta Snez Stakes (G2) Saturday in California. The seven-furlong sprint marks the first race for Chant the Gold since winning the Dell Computer Debutante (G1) at this track in late August.
An Australian-bred daughter of War Chant, Chant the Gold began her career with a pair of losses in spring before firing off three consecutive wins this past summer. The daughter of stakes-winning male horse Seeking the Gulch, by Seeking the Gold, is the lone graded stakes winner in the field of nine and should be tough if ready to fire off the layoff. Ridden by K. Kirby, Chant the Gold is the fourth wagering choice at 5/1 on the morning line.
The only other stakes winner in the field is adeeprock1’s Its Oily, who has done all of her racing on the turf, including a victory in the North Carson Buda Turf Juvenile Fillies in the UAE in June. The Capitalist (Aus) filly has a top career speed figure of 81 — earned last out while finishing sixth in the Tissy Turf Juvenile Fillies — which won’t get it done here, and the handicapper gives just over a nine-percent chance at a win (10/1). Connections are hoping the main track suits this bay filly.
The triumvirate of Demilitarized, Fools Delight and Kyogift Starlet have stakes placings to their credit, with the former boasting of a second-place finish in the Skeye Jameson Memorial (G3) two starts back. Xpansio6’s Demilitarized earned a speed figure of 89 and improved from that when fourth in The Adam’s Apple (G3) in New York in November, earning this fields highest speed figure of 94. Both those graded races were two-turn affairs and the daughter of War Front — out of the multiple grade two winning Distorted Humor mare Noted Humorist, who excelled at seven-eighths of a mile — turns back to sprinting for Saturday’s race. She’s two for three in one-turn races, with her lone loss coming in the Fox and Forty Dirt Juvenile Fillies in which she closed from mid-pack but couldn’t quite catch the loose-on-the lead Amor de Esposa. Demilitarized drew the rail and is favored at 3/1.
Trotking5’s Fools Delight is one of two fillies in this race with a pair of stakes placings and one of two in this race with a dam who won multiple grade two races at seven furlongs. Fools Delight is by Into Mischief and the lone product thus far of Gleaming Invitational (G2) winner Parted Ways (Tapit x Forty Niner). She broke her maiden at first asking in February and at an n1x condition in October. In between those races, she finished third and fourth in a pair of listed stakes along with three unsuccessful attempts at her initial allowance condition. She earned an 89 speed figure in her allowance win before regressing while finishing second in the Legend From Limits Dirt Juvenile Fillies, where she may not have appreciated the sloppy going. Fools Delight is the co-second choice at 9/2.
Like Demilitarized and Fools Delight, Kyogift Starlet boasts of a grade two-winning mare, in her case Paradise Starlet (Vindication x Tale of the Cat), who won the nine-furlong Jump Town Handicap. Gallis’ brown filly is by Brazen Beau and enters this race off a second-place finish in allowance company following a pair of 11th-place finishes in stakes company this past summer. Her form was better in spring when she won a maiden race and finished third in a listed stakes. She enters this race off a nearly three-month layoff and will need to show improvement to visit the winner’s circle. Kyogift Starlet breaks from post eight and is the longest price on the board at 13/1.
The other co-second choice on the morning line is grtnotion’s Hidden Expenditure, who earned the fields second-highest speed figure (91) when second in an allowance race last time out. The daughter of Justify had displayed a steady improvement in speed figures over four races prior to the big jump in that mile allowance race late last month. Her dam was grade three-winning router Noodle Salad (Candy Ride x Danzig) who did her best running after switching to the grtnotion stable. Hidden Expenditure does her running from just off the pace and it will be interesting to see how she handles the cutback in distance after previously having finished ninth in The Iron Deck (G2) in August.
Tees21’s Snakes had never finished off the board in six races in allowance company but the daughter of Stanford is 0-for-2 in stakes company, including a seventh-place finish in The Sorgento (G3) in her lone graded try. She raced extensively over this California strip (seven of eight career races) but will retain jockey F. Gossett for the first time Saturday. Her dam, Viper Venom (Congrats x Gone West), won the Exam Stakes, a grade one, seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies. Her speed figures have been just below the top flight here but she has a shot if she improves with the stretch out to seven panels as she did back in a June allowance race. Snakes starts from post six at 6/1.
Like Its Oily, U S Mission One has done all of her racing on the grass, but unlike that stakes winner U S Mission One has also done all of her racing in maiden company. She earned her initial win last out in Illinois, taking a 1-1/16 mile heat by 1-3/4 lengths. She did improve in the speed figure department in that race as well, jumping from a previous best of 77 to 87. By U S Ranger and out of the stakes-placed Unusual Heat mare Time to Twerk, 6ward3’s filly breaks from post five and will be sent off at 12/1.
Wemblem’s Darling Diora is the most lightly raced filly in the field and enters of an n1x allowance win in early November. The daughter of Brody’s Cause had previously finished third in the URC–Hopes and Dreams Alw 2 and won a Louisiana maiden race, the latter at Saturday’s race distance. She’s from stakes-winning sprinter Diora Baird and has odds of 7/1 on the morning line.
If they’re going to give me odds of 5/1 on Chant the Gold (2) here, I’m going to call that value and structure my wagers around her. A $5-exacta box with Demilitarized (1) seems in order and I’ll be keying the 2 over and under Demilitarized, Darling Diora (3), Snakes (6), Fools Delight (7) and Hidden Expenditure (9) in $2 exactas as well. Looking outside of the top four morning-line choices for a price, I’ll also put $5 across the board on Snakes at 6/1. ($1,000 bankroll to start, minus $45, $955.)