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Chalon Looks for Winning Return in Pimlico's Skipat Stakes

by Maryland Jockey Club Press Release

May 12, 2019

BALTIMORE, MD – Lael Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) runner-up Chalon is set for her 2019 debut in a talented field for the $100,000 Fidelity First & Blackwell Real Estate Skipat Stakes at historic Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the 144th Preakness Stakes, the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

The Skipat for 3-year-old fillies and mares at six furlongs on the dirt is one of seven stakes, four graded, on the 14-race Black-Eyed Susan Day card totaling $1.15 million in purses. Two other stakes races are the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up going five furlongs on the grass and the $100,000 Maker’s Mark Hilltop Stakes for 3-year fillies at a mile on the turf.

 A field of 10 was entered for the Skipat. Chalon, a 5-year-old daughter of Dialed In, out of Fall Fantasy, was beaten a head by Shamrock Rose in the Breeders’ Cup at seven furlongs in her last start. Trainer Arnaud Delacour believes her seasonal debut would work best at a shorter distance.

“She’s coming back a little late, kind of on purpose because I think that her best distance is probably around six furlongs,’’ said Delacour. “She can do seven-eighths, but it’s kind of a stretch. I think the six furlongs at Pimlico should work out very well.”

Chalon had three victories and two seconds in five starts last year and earned $365,000. Her career record is 13-5-5-1 with $657,295 in earnings.

Among the challengers are Anna’s Bandit – three-for-three this year – and Estilo Femenino, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, out of Court Dress, won a $62,000 allowance/optional claimer in her last start on April 26 at Oaklawn Park.

No Guts No Glory Farm’s Anna’s Bandit comes in off victories in the Conniver Stakes at Laurel on March 16 and the Original Gold Stakes at Charles Town on April 20. The 5-year-old daughter of Great Notion has a career record of 24-10-3-6 and earnings of $404,335.

Also entered are Adios Annie, Everlasting Secret, Hailey’s Flip, Last True Love, Majestic Won, Maybe Wicked, and Phantom Shot.

Like Chalon, Everlasting Secret, a 7-year-old mare with four wins in 16 career starts, and Maybe Wicked, a 4-year-old filly with three victories in nine career starts, are making their seasonal debuts.