05/31/2010 12:00AM

Run It outguns Bold Chieftain in Berkeley


ALBANY, Calif. - History repeated in the at Golden Gate Fields on Monday when Run It scored a $41.60 upset in winning a photo over millionaire Bold Chieftain.

Bold Chieftain lost by a head after sticking his head in front in the lane. Last year, he also stuck his head in front in the lane before losing to Autism Awareness, also by a head.

Run It grabbed the lead in the paceless 1 1/16-mile race, going the opening quarter in 25.82 seconds, the half in 50.48, and six furlongs in 1:14.23.

"When I got away with such a soft half-mile, I knew he would give me all he had down the stretch," said winning jockey Chad Schvaneveldt. "Bold Chieftain got by me a couple of times, but my horse is a fighter and he just kept digging. When I got into my horse left-handed, he gave me a bit more."

Winning trainer Dennis Patterson, who was hospitalized Sunday after becoming ill, told Schvaneveldt news of the victory "cured" him.

"We were crawling early," said Bold Chieftain's jockey, Russell Baze. "I knew that Run It could be tough. He's a hard-trying horse. I had him, I had him, I had him, I didn't have him."

Run It, a 4-year-old Cherokee Run colt owned by the Mercedes Stable, earned $60,000 with his seventh victory and first graded stakes win in 20 starts to boost his career earnings to $218,720. He won the Alcatraz on turf here last year.