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Bold Chieftain Comes Up A Nose Short In 47th And Final Start
Bold Chieftain ran too good to lose his career finale Monday at Golden Gate Fields but the 9-year-old horse had to settle for second after the photo finish camera showed he lost by inches to Dunmore East in the $42,196 allowance feature.
Bold Chieftain, making his 47th start, rallied strongly along the rail through the stretch and just missed tagging front-runner Dunmore East, who won the 1 1/16-mile contest for older horses by a nose in 1:44.28. Dunmore East paid $8.80.
“He was trying to win and he wanted to win,” said jockey Russell Baze after riding Bold Chieftain for the 36th and final time. “We just came up a little bit short. Very seldom did he get bet beat from not trying. He felt good. We got in good striking position on the second turn, and when Dunmore East drifted out (in the stretch) and he saw daylight, he put his head down and tried to win. He fired and made it close.”
William J. Morey, Jr., trainer and part owner of Bold Chieftain, was disappointed with the result of Monday’s race but was proud of his old warrior.
“This horse gives us all he’s got every time,” said Morey. “We had a lot of good wins with him.”
Bold Chieftain retires with an outstanding racing record that is highlighted by 14 stakes victories and $1,683,181 in earnings. Overall, Bold Chieftain had 18 wins, 14 seconds, and four thirds in 47 trips to the starting gate.
A California-bred son of Chief Seattle, Bold Chieftain won on every type of track surface (dirt, synthetic, turf, and wet) and at four different distances (six furlongs, one mile, 1 1/16-miles, and 1 1/8-miles).
Bold Chieftain was bred by his ownership group of Morey, Dwaine Hall, Ernest L. Langbein, and Kenneth Robinson.
Golden Gate Fields will salute Bold Chieftain this Sunday, the day before he departs to Victory Rose Thoroughbreds farm in Vacaville to begin his new career as a stud. Fans attending the races Sunday will receive a free Bold Chieftain poster and also get the opportunity to watch the old pro parade one final time in front of the grandstand.