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Bold Chieftain Favored In All American At GGF, $100,000 Stakes May Be Last Race For 8-Year-Old
Bold Chieftain has been made a 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 All American Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile contest that may be the final race for the 8-year-old millionaire.
The Grade 3 All American is the main event on a nine-race Black Friday program at Golden Gate Fields. First post is 12:45 p.m. Post time for the All American, the eighth race on the card, is 4:15 p.m.
Bold Chieftain heads a fine field of six in the All American as his opponents include 2011 Berkeley Stakes winner Uh Oh Bango, 2011 San Francisco Mile champion Our Nautique, 2010 Swaps Stakes winner Skipshot, and the promising 4-year-old colt Dunmore East. Highway Bandit rounds out the lineup.
Bold Chieftain, trained by William J. Morey, Jr. throughout his 45-race career, has 18 wins, 12 seconds and four thirds and $1,653,171 in earnings. A California-bred son of Chief Seattle, Bold Chieftain has recorded 14 of his victories in stakes events.
Bold Chieftain will begin his stud career in 2012 at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville. It is up in the air whether the horse will get to start in another race following the All American.
“It’s going to be sad when that stall is empty,” said Morey, who first welcomed Bold Chieftain into his barn in 2005. “Whoever the new horse is that gets that stall is going to have some big shoes to fill.”
Bold Chieftain has provided Morey, a veteran conditioner who started his first horse at Caliente racetrack in Mexico in 1960, with several “personal bests.”
“Eighteen wins with one horse, that’s a mark,” said Morey. “Fourteen stakes wins, that’s a mark. He’s just been an amazing horse. He’s been so healthy and he loves what he’s doing. He’s been one of the soundest horses I’ve ever had, and he holds his edge.”
Bold Chieftain scored his richest win in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita in 2010. The old warrior overcame traffic problems in the stretch to get up and score by a neck under jockey Russell Baze, who has ridden Bold Chieftain in 34 races.
“He’s just a good, honest racehorse,” said Baze, who has guided Bold Chieftain to all but two of his victories. “He’s one of my favorite horses. It’s hard to find a horse that keeps giving, giving and giving. Every time he goes out there he gives you his best. He’s still a very tough horse to beat.”
Bold Chieftain and Baze will break from post position one in the All American. Bold Chieftain will be gunning for back-to-back stakes victories as he captured the Bull Dog Stakes at The Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 16.
The field for the All American, with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Bold Chieftain, Baze, 2-to-1; Uh Oh Bango, Aaron Gryder, 5-to-2; Dunmore East, Inoel Beato, 7-to-2; Our Nautique, Kevin Krigger, 4-to-1; Highway Bandit, William Antongeorgi, III, 12-to-1; and Skipshot, Frank Alvarado, 6-to-1. All of the starters will carry 123 pounds.