07/16/2004 11:00PM

Chandtrue still perfect (ho-hum)

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Chandtrue (left) wins the Hollywood Juvenile Championship over Actxecutive despite being geared down at the end.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Chandtrue remained unbeaten in four starts following a victory in Saturday's $106,400 on Saturday, but the win failed to excite trainer Bob Hess Jr.

Chandtrue won his third consecutive stakes in the Grade 3 Juvenile, finishing a half-length in front of Actxecutive despite not being asked in the final sixteenth by jockey Victor Espinoza. Chandtrue ($2.60) ran six furlongs in a modest 1:10.88.

"I wasn't overly impressed, but he ran a good race," Hess said. "He had to struggle to get past Actxecutive. He didn't blow by him."

Chandtrue stalked Actxecutive and Great Power through early fractions of 22.19 and 45.66 seconds before rallying three wide to take the lead. Chandtrue led by a length after the eighth pole.

"He eased up on him," Hess said of Espinoza. "He probably could have won by two."

Actxecutive finished second, seven lengths in front of first-time starter Commandant. Great Power, the winner of a maiden race for $40,000 claimers on June 30, finished last of four. Gentlemen Count was scratched because of a bruised foot.

Chandtrue became the first juvenile since Squirtle Squirt in 2000 to sweep the three stakes for 2-year-old males at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting - the Proctor Memorial, Haggin Stakes, and Juvenile Championship. Chandtrue won the Proctor over five furlongs by four lengths and the Haggin Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs by seven lengths. Owned by Harold Greene, Chandtrue has earned $183,970.

Chandtrue will make his next start in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8, Hess said.