07/30/2008 11:00PM

Great Seneca shortens up for Chesapeake

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Great Seneca, shortening up slightly in distance while returning on short rest, and Chasin Tiger, idle for nearly six months, are the prime contenders in the $60,000 Chesapeake, one of two stakes on the main track Saturday at Colonial Downs.

The 5-year-old Great Seneca, based at Laurel Park with trainer Gary Capuano, has made four consecutive starts going seven furlongs, including a third-place finish less than two weeks ago. He has been within a half-length of the lead at the six-furlong call in two of his last three races.

Chasin Tiger, a Laurel-based 6-year-old trained by Rodney Jenkins, was a six-time winner in 2007, primarily against $7,500 starter allowance company, on both turf and dirt. His last five Beyer Speed Figures have been ultra-consistent in the narrow range of 89 to 91. He shows four bullet workouts since mid-June for his first start since Feb. 8.

* A group of 11 2-year-old Virginia-breds - all of them maidens - will contest the $60,000 Jamestown at six furlongs. The two most intriguing runners in a hard-to-decipher field are Holy Okie Dokie, a first-time starter who worked four consecutive bullets at Philadelphia Park, and So Vain, who missed by a head in his career debut racing five furlongs on turf.