08/16/2002 11:00PM

Chiselling by a nose


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Chiselling made a torrid run to deal Jazz Beat a heart-breaking nose defeat Saturday in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, allowing Juddmonte Farms and Bobby Frankel to become the first owner and trainer to win two races the same year in the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park.

Chiselling, bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, was last of the seven 3-year-olds for the first six furlongs of the 1 1/4-mile Secretariat before jockey Kent Desormeaux began asking the colt for his best. Chiselling responded by picking off horses late in the turn, and by the time the field straightened for home, it became apparent that Chiselling was the only horse with a chance of catching Jazz Beat, the Irish invader who had drawn off to a sizable lead.

"He was just cantering until I encouraged him to pick up the pace," said Desormeaux. "When I did, he just exploded. I might have left him with a little too much to do, but it turned out to be just right."

Chiselling is a homebred Woodman colt out of the standout mare Toussaud, making him a half-brother to former Juddmonte stars Chester House and Honest Lady. He returned $9.20 as second choice in a field of seven 3-year-olds and was timed in 2:04.16.

Juddmonte and Frankel won the Arlington Million about an hour earlier, putting them in position to register the first two-bagger in Festival history.

Jazz Beat, a 4-1 shot trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Pat Smullen, was always close to a moderate pace set by Extra Check. With a furlong to go, he led by three lengths, only to narrowly succumb to the relentless run by Chiselling.

"The winner has to be very, very good," said Smullen. "Everything went well for me until the end."

Extra Check finished third by 1 1/4 lengths, followed by Major Rhythm, Mananan McLir, Love Regardless, and Orchard Park.

Orchard Park, the 7-5 favorite, was never a serious factor when carrying 126 pounds, five to 10 more than the rest of the field. "I had no horse today," said jockey Jerry Bailey.

Chiselling took four races to break his maiden, doing so in May at Hollywood Park, but the colt has improved dramatically since then. The Grade 1 Secretariat followed a similarly dramatic win in the Grade 3 Lexington at Belmont Park last month.

The $2 exacta paid $48.80 and the $2 trifecta paid $400.

* The payoff for the Festival Three, the pick three wager linking the International Festival races, was $25 for a $1 ticket. The winning horses were Golden Apples (No. 3), Beat Hollow (7), and Chiselling (3). All-sources handle on the Festival Three was $253,295.