07/25/2003 11:00PM

Finger Lakes: Traffic Chief wires


Traffic Chief went right to the front and led every step of the way at Finger Lakes to win the $125,000 New York Derby for 3-year-olds foaled in New York the way a 3-5 shot should win - by a widening three lengths.

Go Rockin' Robin, the 5-2 second choice, tracked Traffic Chief from the gate to the turn for home in the 1 1/16-mile race, then flattened out, enabling Spite the Devil to gain the place spot. Traffic Chief, ridden by John Davila Jr. and trained Michael Hushion, ran the distance in 1:44.74 and paid $3.30.