07/05/2013 3:33PM

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

Benoit & Associates
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.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Lets face it there are too many racing days and it is hurting the industry, cut back on racing days translation bigger fields, cut out TVG and HRTV and all other off track betting and you get larger crowds at the track, otherwise it will be a slow death for racing as we know it
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
He had an easy trip in the Swaps, but still is a really nice horse that deserves a shot. I would also like to see how Tiz a Minister handles full fields over dirt with an honest pace in front of him, I think he could surprise some people.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
No 4 horse fields in grade 2s back East. Back East when $200k is put up for a grade 2 race for 3 year olds you instead get a field of....., wait for it............6 Horses! The Dwyer field for Saturday is led by the 2 morning line favorites, Battier and Abraham, who have combined for exactly ZERO graded stakes wins. But let's not dwell on this. Let's instead focus only on how bad Cali racing is, how there are only 5 horses in the Hollywood Gold Cup(while ignoring that the Suburban also drew just 5).
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah that's the b race tomorrow at Belmont. A grade 2 for $200k. It drew two more than that pathetic California race. In 3 weeks there is a little grade 2 called the Jim dandy for $600 k . And a little overnight called the curl in for $100 k .
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Let's focus on the races this weekend at Belmont, the Dwyer and Suburban, races that drew a combined 11 horses. And the Dwyer is $50k richer than the Swaps. The fact that the Dwyer is run on the same day as the Suburban(and thus is a "b" race) should in no way affect the quality and quantity of the horses in the Dwyer. The Swaps wouldn't have had 3 horses had the Hollywood Gold Cup been run Thursday(making the Swaps a "b" race). You come across as really biased when you bash Cali fields and horses but yet either ignore or defend similar scenarios back East. The simple truth is that the fields for BOTH the Swaps and Dwyer are weak and depressing.
Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
This horse won a G2 off of the most RIDICULOUS track bias I've ever seen. Get to the lead, win the race. PERIOD. No shot in any legitimate races
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Jim More than 1 year ago
Come on, the same could be said for many that come west or go east. The reverse is also true, e.g., Baffert has dominated the Haskell, winning it a record six times, and won the Travers once, in 2001 with Point Given. Not saying Peter is anywhere near the trainer Bob is but give us a break with your one-off comparisons; can you say "data mining"?
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
No 4 horse fields to deal with in Jim Dandy ,Haskell or Travers. How did Lava Man do when he ran anywhere but California?
bill More than 1 year ago
Not sure what Lava Man's inability to ship has to do with this horse. Wasn't his fault only 3 others signed in the Swaps. Baffert has won the last 3 or 4 runnings of the Haskell with horses shipping in from Cali. That said it'll be interesting to see how the new shooters stack up with the early season 3yo leaders
Jordan More than 1 year ago
How did Sky Beauty do outside of New York? Point?