I'm a Chatterbox Romps in Juddmonte Spinster, Punches Breeders' Cup Ticket

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The classy I'm a Chatterbox powered clear in the stretch to win the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Sunday at Keeneland. (Eclipse Sportswire)

I'm a Chatterbox validated her status as one of the best fillies in training by romping in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Sunday at Keeneland Race Course. In the process, I’m a Chatterbox earned a berth in what is shaping up to be an exciting and competitive edition of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park. The Spinster is the final “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the Distaff.

I’m a Chatterbox, a 4-year-old Munnings filly, stalked the pace of early leader Paid Up Subscriber, effortlessly moved up to confront that foe late in the final turn, and cruised to the wire under a Florent Geroux hand ride to win by a comfortable seven lengths.

Trained by Larry Jones for owner-breeder Grayson Farms, I’m a Chatterbox completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.98 to clinch her third Grade I win as the 2-to-5 favorite. She won the Delaware Handicap in July and the Cotillion Stakes last year.

"She ran really big. When it came time to run, she really exploded down the lane very nice," Jones said. "It seems like her numbers are getting better after every race, so I think she's at the peak right now. We hopefully have room for improvement."

Paid Up Subscriber held to finish second, followed by Genre and Engaginglee. Miss Pink Diva was pulled up by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan in the first turn and did not finish.

I'm a Chatterbox now has an 8-3-2 record and more than $2.2 million in earnings from 16 starts. Up next, she'll head west to likely take on Songbird, Stellar Wind, and Beholder in the Distaff.

"I think this may be the deepest Distaff that I have seen in a long time," Jones said. "There's seven really good horses. I'm putting her right there with them." – Jeremy Balan

Keep Quiet scored a game win in the Dixiana Bourbon. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Dixiana Bourbon Stakes: Keep Quiet rallied strongly down the inside and held off fast-finishing favorite Ticonderoga to win the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for 2-year-olds in the race preceding the Juddmonte Spinster.

Notching his first stakes win by 1 1/4 lengths following a runner-up finish last time out in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, French-bred Keep Quiet covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.92 on firm turf. The Mark Casse-trained Keep Quiet earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf  on Nov. 4 via the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.

"We had a good trip. I was just behind two horses,” said jockey Florent Geroux, who won both stakes races on Keeneland’s Sunday card. “From there, he settled nicely, relaxed. When the horses came next to him in the stretch, he was very brave and showed a lot of heart."

Ticonderoga lugged in a bit with Javier Castellano in his stretch run but outfinished Bird's Eye View by a half-length for second in the field of 16. – Myra Lewyn

2016 Juddmonte Spinster S.
October 9th, 2016

Winning Time: 1:49.98
  • Purse: $500,000
  • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo's & up
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:49.98
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
3 I'm a Chatterbox
$2.80
$2.20
$2.10
  • Owner / Grayson Farm
  • Breeder / Fletcher Gray & Carolyn Gray
2nd
1 Paid Up Subscriber
$3.20
$2.10
3rd
5 Genre
$2.10
4th
4 Engaginglee
5th
2 Miss Pink Diva
Payoff
Pick 3
7-5-3
7-5-3
$45
Daily Double
5-3
5-3
$17
Exacta
3-1
3-1
$6
Trifecta
3-1-5
3-1-5
$8
Payoff
Pick 3
7-5-3
7-5-3
$45
Daily Double
5-3
5-3
$17
Exacta
3-1
3-1
$6
Trifecta
3-1-5
3-1-5
$8

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