09/04/2004 11:00PM

Highland Warrior takes Juvenile

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Highland Warrior emerged best in a stretch-long battle in Sunday's $75,000 Juvenile Stakes at Fort Erie, hanging tough to score by a head over 4-5 favorite Chasing the Fox.

Owned by Fieldstone Farm and trained at Woodbine by Jake Nemett, Highland Warrior was making his fifth start in the six-furlong Juvenile and returned $7.10 as the second choice.

All five entrants in the Juvenile, restricted to colts and geldings who went through the open yearling sale or mixed sale at Woodbine last fall, were looking for their first wins and three were racing for the first time.

Chasing the Fox, who had finished third when debuting for $50,000 at Woodbine, finished 13.75 lengths ahead of third-place Wolly Bully with Little Gladiator and Whiskey Star completing the order of finish.

Highland Warrior, ridden for the first time by Fort Erie-based Dale Hemsley, was timed in 1:12.53 and earned $45,000 to boost his career earnings to $51,948.

The exactor returned $14.90.