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Bay Area Backstretch

Dollar Days and The Chief

What can you get for $1 these days?

Well, let’s see. You can go to the $1 store and get quite a few bargains. I think Taco Bell has a $1 menu and, oh yes, you can go to Golden Gate Fields.

That’s right every Sunday at GGF is dollar day. Parking, admission, programs, hot dogs and drinks all cost $1.

This past Sunday, $1 got you a chance to view a million. Well 1.5 million to be more accurate.

Perhaps the most popular horse ever to come out of the bay area, Bold Chieftain, was on hand for an allowance race.

The eight-year old who has won over 1.5 million and owns victories in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions and the $200,000  Cal Cup Classic during his career, was tacked up for the 39th time in a five horse field going 6 furlongs.

He wasn’t the favorite, nor did he win, but that didn’t stop the fans and his connections from enjoying the day.

Under jockey Russell Baze, the 17 time winner settled back in fourth for the first half of the race, then rallied on the inside to grab second place behind solid winner Goggles McCoy, who was 1 ¾ to the good. Baze continued to keep on Chieftain on the gallop out, turning the race into a solid workout.

“We got exactly what we wanted,” said trainer Bill Morey Jr. “The kid rode him well, he finished well and galloped out strong. It was very good.”

The fact that the ‘Chief was even on the track is a story in itself. After finishing last in the California Dreamin Handicap at Del Mar last July 25th, ownership sent their prize horse into retirement and on to a new career as a stud.

However, the farm he was sent to had problems and closed up shop leaving Morey to ponder what to do next. Unable to find a good place for him, Morey decided to bring him back for one more run.

“I couldn’t just keep him at the farm standing around, so we brought him back to the track and he’s been doing just fine,” added Morey.

So Bold Chieftain fans will have at least one more chance to cheer him on when he lines up for  the $150,000 San Francisco Mile at GGF on April 30th.

On this day though, he was a champion in defeat as he got a warm reception from the crowd, even after his runner up performance.


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I love Bold Chieftain, he is one of the most impressive physical specimens I have seen in awhile! I hope he makes good in the San Francisco Mile.
nice story about one of our favorite local horses

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Meet Don August

I have been involved in horse racing, from a fan to sportswriter, for the past 30 years. The first time my dad took me to the track, I picked a horse named "Black Tornado" and when he won, I was hooked.  From then on, I spent weekends and occasional school days at the race track, and my enjoyment of the sport led me to try my hand at being a jockey agent, which i did for 3 years. When that didn't work out as I had hoped, I concentrated on my writing career by covering big races and doing summer fair handicapping, off and on, for the Contra Costa Times.

Today, I stay involved in the sport by being part of a group that currently owns two horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields. As all owners, we have dreams of someday having that special horse.  Besides writing about horse racing I enjoy covering many sports and have had the honor of meeting and writing about some incredible athletes.

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