07/30/2008 11:00PM

Great Seneca shortens up for Chesapeake


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.