05/31/2013 2:44PM

Hollywood Park: Chief Havoc, Joelito bound for stakes

Tom Keyser
Chief Havoc, here after running sixth in the Champagne Stakes last year, is headed to the Swaps after winning a Thursday allowance.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - After winning Thursday, the 3-year-olds Chief Havoc and Joelito are candidates for stakes before the end of the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

Chief Havoc will be pointed to the meeting’s top race for 3-year-olds, the $150,000 Swaps Stakes on July 4, after winning an allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on the synthetic main track in Thursday’s seventh race. The Swaps is run over 1 1/8 miles.

Trainer Peter Miller was barely out of the winner’s circle when he looked at Tony Matos, the agent for winning rider Garrett Gomez, and said, “Swaps.”

Thursday, Chief Havoc, a colt by Giant’s Causeway, led throughout and won by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:50.80 for his second win in seven starts. Owned by Paul Makin, Chief Havoc raced in England last year, where he was third and second in his first two races. Sixth in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park last October in his American debut, Chief Havoc won a maiden race at Santa Anita on April 4.

“This is a really good horse,” Miller said Thursday. “He wants distance and he’s had some excuses and tough trips and trainer error. We got everything together today.”

Joelito, a colt by Rock Hard Ten, won an optional claimer over a mile on turf by a half-length over Unbridled Giant for his second win in his last three starts.

“I was happy with what he did in the last sixteenth,” trainer John Sadler said. “He was getting stronger at the end.”
Joelito was fourth in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 3.

Owned by J.W. Singer, Joelito will be considered for the $70,000 Tsunami Slew Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile on turf June 23 or the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes over a mile on turf at Del Mar on July 17.