Since being transferred to Bret Calhoun’s care, Chance
Encounter has done everything right and on Sunday, the 3-year-old filly shoots
for her third consecutive victory to remain undefeated at Monmouth Park
as she continues to climb through her conditions.
“This is a
good race for her,” said Tom Morgan, the assistant to Calhoun. “I think she’s
up to the task. This is the next logical step for her.”
strength of impressive wins in a maiden special weight and a race for
non-winners of one-other than here in July and August by a combined almost six
lengths, Chance Encounter figures to go postward as one of the favorites in the
$34,000 allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares who are non-winners of
two-other-than at six furlongs on the main track.
she was sent to Calhoun, the winner’s circle was foreign territory. After
losing her first three races at Calder Race Course last year, owners Gary and
Mary West sent her to Calhoun. When the filly returned to the races from a
10-month layoff, she beat older horses in each of her triumphs.
to stretch her out and would have liked to try her at two turns, but there wasn’t
a race for her here and we prefer to run her out of her own stall. She likes
the track here and runs very well on it,” said Morgan.
This is the
first year that Calhoun has stabled at Monmouth for the meet and he has done
well, winning 12 of 47 starts for a percentage of 26%. Calhoun, who won the My
Frenchman Stakes here in August with 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion
Chamberlain Bridge, currently ranks 18th
in North America with 127 wins from 563 starts and earnings of
Gorgeous, who has won three of her last four starts which include a 5 ¾ length
victory on New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day, steps back out into open
company for this race. Natalie Victoria, the 15 ¼ length runaway winner of an
allowance race at Suffolk Downs on September 18, makes her first appearance at