05/23/2004 12:00AM

Chandtrue remains unbeaten in Proctor


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Chandtrue overcame a troubled start and a wide trip to remain unbeaten in two starts after Sunday's $79,125 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Chandtrue ($2.80) finished five furlongs in 58.24 seconds, scoring by four lengths over Dance Thief, a first-time starter. Gentleman Count, another first-time starter, finished third in the field of eight 2-year-olds.

Chandtrue bobbled at the start and was rushed into contention by Nakatani. Racing four-wide on the backstretch, Chandtrue disputed the lead until the middle of the turn when he moved within a neck of early pacesetter Cover Now. Turning into the stretch, Chandtrue took the lead. He was not threatened late. "He got the education and we still got the money," trainer Bob Hess, Jr. "He's a nice colt and he's still learning. I think he'll be all right."

Owned by Harold Greene, Chandtrue has earned $73,005. By Yes It's True, Chandtrue beat maidens by 4 1-2 lengths in his debut on April 29. Hess said Chandtrue may not start again until the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship over six furlongs on July 17.