08/03/2004 11:00PM

Chowder's First a Spa victor


Chowder's First stopped West Virginia's bonus quest by winning Wednesday's $250,000 Cab Calloway Stakes at Saratoga.

Chowder's First, with Edgar Prado riding, finished a neck in front of West Virginia, the 1-2 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Cab Calloway for progeny of New York stallions. West Virginia put himself in position to win a $100,000 bonus for his owners, Donald and Mary Zuckerman, when he won two other races in the New York Stallion Stakes series, the Times Square and Great White Way.

Pay Attention finished third, 9 1/2 lengths behind West Virginia, in the eight-horse field of 3-year-olds.

Owned by Inniscarra Stable, Chowder's First is a son of Let Goodtimes Roll. Phil Serpe trains Chowder's First, who became a stakes winner in the Cab Calloway.