08/18/2006 11:00PM

Finger Lakes: Chief Officer in a romp


Trainer Bill Mott successfully invaded Finger Lakes from his Saratoga base, sending Chief Officer west and scoring a resounding win in the $126,725 Lady Finger Stakes.

Chief Officer, who won his racing debut by 10 lengths at Belmont in late June, was coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.

Jockey Eibar Coa had Chief Officer just off the Lady Finger's early leader, Lookslikecash, who ran the opening quarter-mile in 22.42 seconds. Coa and Chief Officer took command just as the half-mile was timed in 46.49 seconds coming around the turn. From there, Chief Officer had no trouble, going on to a 6 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong race for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Icy City was second, 1 3/4 lengths in front of third-place One Tough Belle.

A daughter of Officer owned by Zayat Stables, Chief Officer paid $3 as the favorite, finishing in 1:11.51 on a wet-fast, sealed track.

* In the $127,638 Aspirant Stakes for New York-breds, Endless Circle hooked up with the early leader, Zip on By, going into the turn and began to pull away under John DaVilla Jr. Endless Circle was never challenged after that and went on to a 6 1/2-length victory, running the six furlongs in 1:12.29.

Tomorrow the World was second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of third-place Horse Thief. The 1-2 favorite, Solid Strike, finished fourth in the field of seven.

Endless Circle, trained by Dominic Galluscio, paid $8.40 to win.

* The $50,000 Proud Puppy for fillies and mares at six furlongs went to Ruby's Rocket, who defeated Secret Brook by 2 1/4 lengths. Mighty Annie R. ran third Ridden by Jose Bermudez for trainer Timothy Murphy, Ruby's Rocket ($16.20) ran the distance in 1:10.78.