Chief Honcho spurted away in the last furlong under Mike Smith to beat Senator To Be by three-quarters of a length in the $112,800 Jim Dandy Stakes yesterday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Chief Honcho, who raced close to the lead through the first mile, covered the final furlong in less than 12 seconds to beat Senator To Be, the leader throughout the opening mile.
Paradise Found was third, a neck behind Senator To Be, in the field of four 3-year-olds. Sir Richard Lewis, the betting favorite, trailed the field. Le Prince was scratched.
Chief Honcho's victory, in 1:51 3/5 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track, was his fourth in seven starts this year and his first in a stakes race. The Virginia-bred son of Chief's Crown-Expressive Dance earned $67,680 and returned $6.
Trainer Billy Mott said he will not enter Chief Honcho in the $1 million Travers Aug. 18, but "possibly" will race him in the Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 3.
Pimlico: In Baltimore, Fashion Miss remained undefeated in two starts with a victory in the $17,000 featured allowance race. The 2-year-old filly, ridden by Edgar Prado, saved ground along the rail and ran five furlongs over a firm turf course in 58 2/5 seconds. Runner-up Irish Debutante was 1 1/4 lengths back; Sweet Slewsie finished third, another half-length back, in the field of 10.
Calder: In Miami, favored Zalipour earned his seventh victory in 10 starts this year when he scored a four-length win in the $80,850 Manalapan Handicap for 3-year-olds. Rowdy Regal was second.
Jet Shuttle finished third, a head back, in a field of five.
Zalipour, ridden by Julio Pezua, ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:54 and paid $3.20.