Under new management, Chalon has returned to Keeneland for a run in Saturday's $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) for fillies and mares going 6 furlongs on the main track.
The race is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race with the winner getting a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at 7 furlongs on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.
After finishing second in the TCA and Lexus Raven Run (G2) here last fall, Chalon went through the sales ring and was purchased by Lael Stables.
“Doug Cauthen, who is their racing manager, and I already liked her off the two good races she ran here last year,” trainer Arnaud Delacour said. “We bought her as a racing prospect and gave her the winter off because she had had a long campaign with a lot of shipping last year.”
Chalon returned to the races in April, winning a stakes at Laurel and also scoring in the Regret at Monmouth, both races at 6 furlongs. In between, she finished second in the Vagrancy (G3) at 6½ furlongs at Belmont.
“She ran two good races, but the race at Belmont may have been a bit too far,” said Delacour, who headed to Saratoga with Chalon for the summer.
“She got cast in her stall when we got to Saratoga and messed up her hock,” he said. “For four weeks we did nothing with her, just minimal walking.”
Chalon returned to the work tab at Delacour's base at Fair Hill training center in early September and has logged four works for the TCA with her most recent being a bullet 5 furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday.
“She is doing good and breezed well over the weekend,” Delacour said. “Hopefully we can make up for the lost time in the fall.”
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