07/14/2002 11:00PM

Chiselling gets nose out front in Lexington


ELMONT, N.Y. - While trainer Bobby Frankel was denied a stakes win on the West Coast on Sunday, he got one on the East Coast when Chiselling got up in the final strides to nose out Finality in the $150,000 Lexington Stakes at Belmont Park.

The Randy Schulhofer-trained duo of Irish Colonial and Union Place finished third and fourth.

Reluctant to load and away slowly, Chiselling rallied from last under Jerry Bailey to record his first stakes victory in the Grade 3 event. Chiselling was last after a half-mile before advancing into contention down the backside while racing three wide. He came into the stretch five-wide before splitting horses inside the sixteenth pole and nailing Finality, who had taken the lead in upper stretch, on the wire.

Chiselling, a half-brother to stakes winners Chester House, Honest Lady, and Decarchy, is owned by Juddmonte Farms. He covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.42 over firm ground and returned $4.50 to win.