01/16/2012 7:07PM

Golden Gate: Bold Chieftain loses photo in finale


Millionaire Bold Chieftain fell a nose short of front-running Dunmore East in the final race of his career Monday at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.

The 9-year-old horse, who will begin his stud career at Victory Rose Farm in nearby Vacaville, Calif., next week, finished his career with 18 victories, 14 seconds, and 4 thirds in 47 starts while earning $1,683,181.

Dunmore East set a fairly easily pace (24.82 seconds, 49.17, 1:13.26) in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race. Bold Chieftain settled off the pace early, began to move up on the second turn, and rallied strongly from the inside as Dunmore East drifted out a bit in the stretch. Dunmore East, who had run third behind Our Nautique and Bold Chieftain in the Grade 3 All America in his previous start Nov. 25, just did hold on to win in 1:44.28.

"He was trying to win and wanted to win," said Bold Chieftain's regular jockey, Russell Baze.

"This horse gave us all he's got every time, and he's given us lots of wins," said trainer Bill Morey Jr., who was also the co-breeder and co-owner of Bold Chieftain, a Chief Seattle horse.