10/28/2003 12:00AM

High Chaparral leads World Series


Although High Chaparral only shared victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf with Johar, his effort moved him into first place in the World Series Racing Championship with 25 points, five ahead of Sulamani, who was fifth in the Turf.

High Chaparral is now in the pole position to land the World Series title, as Alamshar, in third place with 15 points, has been retired. Falbrav, Fields of Omagh, and Eishin Preston, who are among seven horses tied for fourth with 12 points, are all possible for the World Series's final leg, the Hong Kong Cup, but a victory worth 12 points by one of them at Sha Tin would still leave him one point behind High Chaparral. Other contenders, such as Paolini and Mubtaker, would have to score points in both the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong Cup to catch High Chaparral.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien for Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, High Chaparral is poised to break Godolphin's World Series stranglehold. The Maktoum-owned outfit had won all four previous series, with Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2000 and 2001, and Marienbard last year. High Chaparral, a 4-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, will retire to Coolmore Stud with 10 victories in 13 lifetime starts for earnings of $5,423,515.