Horse Racing

Chief of State – a winner second time

Observer writer

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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The victory by Chief of State on Saturday in a maiden special weight event for native-bred four-year-olds and upward was a long overdue win for popular owner, Orrette Wellington.

The four-year-old bay gelding, racing for the second time, won the 5 ½-furlong (1,100m) event by all of 6 ¾ lengths in a time of 1:09.1.

Making his début two weeks before over 5-furlong (1,000m) straight, Chief of State (David McKenzie) came from behind, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Blu Attitude.

However, this time Chief of State, trained by Spencer Chung and ridden by Christopher Mamdeen, made no mistake getting the better of Secret Law (Reyan Lewis) and Alexa's Star (Tevin Foster).

Wellington, who is also the breeder, was a pleased man.

“It was good. It was a good performance from Chief of State to win here today (Saturday). We were expecting him to win on début as we wanted Scorcher (David McKenzie) to get the winning ride but it never happened.

“I am feeling good about the win. I mean, it was a long overdue win for me and so I am a happy man. “It has been a while since I visited the winners' enclosure. I was in the winners' enclosure recently as a breeder but not as an owner,” Wellington shared.

Chief of State broke well in second place behind Alexa's Star with Ladyopportune (Phillip Parchment) in third.

Navigating the half-mile turn, Chief of State went to challenge Alexa's Star and the two drew away from the field entering the lane.

Chief of State responded well to Mamdeen's instructions by pulling away for the win.


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