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DQ gives 'Chief' N.Y. Derby Stewards reverse nose-to-nose finish

Chief's Lake owns the first two races of the "OTB Big Apple Triple," but he got the second leg the hard way Saturday when he won by disqualification in the $163,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Race Track.

Chief's Lake, ridden by Channing Hill for trainer Steve Asmussen, finished the 1 1/1 6-mile race a nose behind front-running long shot Berry Bound (Joe Rocco up), who was set down to second by the stewards for bumping Chief's Lake several times in the stretch.

Chief's Lake paid $7.50, $4.70 and $3. Berry Bound returned $17.20 and $7.80. French Transition, the 7-5 favorite under Edgar Prado, finished sixth.

Chief's Lake, winner of the $131,000 Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park on June 24, is eligible for a $250,000 bonus if he wins the $150,000 Albany Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 22. No horse has swept the series for New York-bred 3-year-olds since it started in 1999.

Earlier, Cool Paradigm ($4.70) got the jump on favored Talking Treasure and scored a 3 1/4 -length victory in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies. With John Grabowski aboard for trainer H. James Bond, she zipped 6 furlongs in 1:10.94.

Management said first-race post times on Fridays will continue at 12:35 p.m. through the end of August. It remains at 1:10 p.m. on other racing days.


'Lynx' wins Big M Pace

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Southwind Lynx ($13.20) and driver Tim Tetrick found room at the rail late in the stretch and charged through to win the $1 million Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds in a 1:49 1/5 mile.

"I just kept my patience and, thank God, it opened up late for me. . . . I was lucky I got through there," Tetrick said.

Earlier, favorite Donato Hanover ($2.60) easily won the $400,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot for driver Ron Pierce in 1:54 2/5 . The champion 2-year-old male trotter of 2006 has won 11 in a row and is expected to be the favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 4.


Around the tracks

*Mark Fournier moved back atop the Fort Erie Race Track trainer standings when his Faced by the Cross ($6.40) won his career debut under jockey Roderick Dacosta in the fourth race.

The 3-year-old gelding owned by Bruno Schickedanz was Fournier's 15th winner of the meet, one more than Scott Fairlie.

Fournier has two runners -- Pretty Sunrise in the fourth race and Russian Hand in the seventh -- on today's Prince of Wales Stakes undercard.

Besides the $500,000 feature, the program includes two $50,000 stakes races -- the Ernie Samuel Memorial and the Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial -- over 5 furlongs of turf. First post is 1:05 p.m.

*Moon Catcher ($20.60) took the early lead along the rail and won the Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park. Trained by Tim Ritchey, Moon Catcher controlled the pace through most of the 1 1/1 6-miles and dug in late to hold off Winning Point by a head in the $505,600 race for 3-year-old fillies.

It was the fifth win in seven career starts for Moon Catcher, who increased her career earnings to $496,000. She covered the distance in 1:42.39.

"The speed had been holding all day, and Tim told me to get to the lead and try to slow the pace as best I could," jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. said. "I tried to keep the pace slow a little longer, but the other horses started to kick in."

*After finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Belmont Stakes, Tiago ($4) found a field of 3-year-olds he could beat in the $368,250 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park. He won by 2 1/2 lengths under Mike Smith while covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.76.

*Art Master ($8.30) rallied under Garrett Gomez to win the $112,600 Poker Handicap at Belmont Park. The 6-year-old posted the fifth win of his 10-race career and first North American graded stakes victory. He ran the grassy mile in 1:33.21 for trainer Bobby Frankel.

"I got shuffled back, but it didn't faze him, said Gomez.

*First Defence ($2.60) led wire to wire to capture the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, trained by Frankel and ridden by Javier Castellano, covered 1 1/1 6 miles in 1:42.30.

*Eight $15,770 divisions of New York Sire Stakes races for 2-year-old filly pacers highlight the 13-race card at Buffalo Raceway today, starting at 1:05 p.m.

Away We Go, to be driven by Bruce Clarke in the eighth race, is the richest filly on the program with $10,000 in earnings.

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