02/13/2011 11:45AM

Chamberlain Bridge tunes up nicely for Dubai by taking Rail Splitter

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Chamberlain Bridge, making his first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, charges home in the Rail Splitter.

Chamberlain Bridge moved closer to a trip to Dubai on Saturday night, when he won his first start since taking the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in the $75,000 Rail Splitter at Sam Houston Race Park.

The five-furlong turf race served as his prep for the Group 2, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Race Course on March 26.

Chamberlain Bridge ($2.60) tracked the pace while racing three-wide in the Rail Splitter, as Forestry Gold and Future Covenant dueled through an opening quarter in 22.05 seconds. Chamberlain Bridge moved to the lead in late stretch, and covered the distance on firm turf in 56.63 seconds. He won by a length over Goldzar. It was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third to Future Covenant.

Jamie Theriot, who was aboard Chamberlain Bridge for his win in the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 6, came in from Fair Grounds to ride the horse in the Rail Splitter.

Bret Calhoun trains Chamberlain Bridge, a Grade 2 winner of more than $1.5 million, for Carl Moore. The horse had been pointed for the $60,000 Colonel Power at his Fair Grounds base next weekend, but because of unpredictable weather patterns in the region, Moore and Calhoun opted for the Rail Splitter to be certain of getting a prep race into Chamberlain Bridge before the trip to Dubai.