Highweight Pistol White dueled with Tiny Monk in a head-and-head battle for the final half-mile and his nose was in front as the pair hit the finish line in 1:43 2/5 for the mile and sixteenth Chesapeake Handicap yesterday at Bowie. The victory was worth $17,355 to the winner.

Take The Pledge finished third, thirteen lengths behind.

Pistol White, jockey Herb Hinojosa said stumbled out of the gate and had some traffic problems going into the first turn.

Tiny Monk had opened a clear lead under Bill Passmore and was clocked in a snail-like 47 4/5 for the first half-mile. As Pistol White charged up to challenge the pair then went the next quarter of a mile in a sparkling 23 3/5. They continued their private battle through the strech with the lead alternating with every other stride.

Nearing the finishline passmore dug in with heel whip in a desperate attempt to shake loose. However, Pistol White continued his relentless charge to score his hard -earned win.

The coupling of Pistol White and Tiny Monk, one-top in the betting, paid $7.80 in the exacta. Pistol white returned a $3.60 win mutuel.