07/05/2013 3:33PM

Hollywood Park: Chief Havoc looks headed eastward after Swaps Stakes victory

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Chief Havoc could run in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27, or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park the following day.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Chief Havoc is “probably headed east” for his next start after winning the first stakes of his career in Thursday’s $150,000 Swaps Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, trainer Peter Miller said on Friday.

Chief Havoc could run in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27, or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park the following day. Miller said a start in one of those races would provide Chief Havoc with a vital test against a top group of 3-year-olds.

“In his race [Thursday] and his race before, he wasn’t all out,” Miller said. “I’m interested to see where he belongs.”

Chief Havoc ($2.80) led throughout the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles, winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Tiz a Minister in a field of four. The victory was the third in the last four starts for Chief Havoc, who began his career in England last year. Chief Havoc joined Miller’s stable last winter.

On May 30, Chief Havoc led throughout to win an allowance race over 1 1/8 miles, his first victory against winners. A colt by Giant’s Causeway, Chief Havoc has won 3 of 8 starts and $180,117.

Miller said that a decision on a next race will be finalized with owner Paul Makin in coming days as Chief Havoc’s condition is assessed. If he runs well in the Jim Dandy or Haskell, he could go in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24. If Chief Havoc does not run well outside of California, Miller said that a backup plan for late summer could be the $1 million Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles against older horses at Del Mar on Aug. 25.