05/01/2005 11:00PM

Chief Mtn outduels Rindanica

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CALGARY, Alberta - Chief Mtn captured the $50,000 Stampede Park Sprint Championship here Saturday under Frank Gonsalves, holding off Rindanica to win by three-quarters of a length.

Gonsalves, in his first season on this circuit, had Chief Mtn in perfect position through the first turn, just outside Fly Esteem. Chief Mtn ran through a rapid quarter of 22.60 seconds and seized the advantage after a half in 45.40. Chief Mtn went on to finish in 1:10 and paid $6.80 for the win.

Deputy Country, Alberta's 2004 horse of the year, broke a step slowly and was never a factor. He finished sixth in the field of seven.

Rindanica was unable to overtake Chief Mtn in the lane, but will get his opportunity for revenge in the one-mile Teewoth Plate here May 21.

* Stole One ($14.10) lived up to her name here Sunday, upsetting A Shaky Start in the M.R. Jenkins Memorial under Chris Loseth.

Stole One gained the lead under a hustling ride from Loseth and shook off a challenge from Unforgettable Two to post a two-length victory. Her final time was 1:10.40.

* Loseth will return next Saturday to ride Notis Otis, the champion juvenile colt in British Columbia last year, in the President's Handicap. The six-furlong President's is the first step on the trail to the 75th Alberta Derby here June 18.