10/18/2011 1:05PM

Golden Gate Fields: Bold Chieftain nearing new career as stallion


Plans have been finalized for millionaire Bold Chieftain to stand at stud at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Farm in Vacaville, Calif. But first, he could have one or possibly two more starts.

The 8-year-old California-bred son of Chief Seattle won the $62.600 Bull Dog Stakes at the Big Fresno Fair on Sunday, reversing a nose loss to Uh Oh Bango in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Memorial Day.

The victory was the 18th of his career and his 14th in a stakes. His career earnings are $1,643,171.

Ken Robinson, one of Bold Chieftain’s owners and breeders in a group that includes trainer Bill Morey Jr., Dwaine Hall, and the estate of the late Ernest Langbein, conducted negotiations with Jackson. The stud fee has not been determined.

Bold Chieftain does not have to begin residence at Victory Rose until February 2012, which could allow him to race in the Grade 3 All American at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 25. He could also run in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 28, 2012.

Jackson said she was “delighted” to have the opportunity to stand Bold Chieftain. She added that Sea of Secrets, a Grade 2-winning son of Storm Cat, would also stand at Victory Rose in 2012.

Jackson said she appreciates Bold Chieftain’s durability and said that he has almost perfect conformation. She is already working with Bold Chieftain’s owners to bring the right mares to him, and said the owners, who primarily are interested in racing, do plan to breed some mares to him.

Russell Baze, Bold Chieftain’s regular rider, was happy to pose in the winner’s circle with his old friend at Fresno and said the horse showed “his old form” kicking clear in the stretch for the win. The effort netted Bold Chieftain his first victory in seven starts this year after recording five seconds.

Speedsters get their day

The Oakland Handicap, the only sprint stakes of the year for 3-year-olds and up at Golden Gate Fields, will be run Saturday with defending champion Our Minesweeper among the 14 nominees.

Skipshot, winner of last year’s Grade 2 Swaps Stakes, will make his second start of the year after finishing fourth behind Shudacudawudya, Tribesman and Our Minesweeper in a Sept. 25 sprint prep at Golden Gate. The top three finishers in that race are also expected to run.

Other stakes winners nominated are Cost of Freedom, Quick Enough, Ain’t No Other, and Sourdough Sam.

◗ The Thoroughbred Owners of California’s annual Northern California meeting will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Bay View Lounge at Golden Gate Fields. A general business meeting as well as a question-and-answer session will be held, along with a complimentary buffet lunch and the TOC Owners’ Challenge Handicapping Contest.