Six-year-old gelding Seattle Chief must be feeling more and more like an Army brat. On Saturday, he earned his fourth straight win and for the fourth time this Gulfstream Park meet was claimed for $18,000.
Seattle Chief began the meet with owner-trainer Edwin Broome, who saddled him prior to his neck-length victory on Jan. 6 in a six-furlong claiming heat. Dennis Punches claimed the son of Slew City Slew out of that race for $18,000 and trained Daniel Hurtak then sent him out to a three-quarter length victory in a six-furlong race on Jan. 24. He was again claimed for $18,000 by John F. Buckley and R. Durante Jr. and handed over to trainer William White. White then stretched the gelding out to 1 1/16 miles, and Seattle Chief drew off to a 4 1/2-length win on Feb. 16. On that occasion, John Atto claimed Seattle Chief, again for $18,000.
On Saturday, Seattle Chief was brought back in a $18,000-$16,000 claimer by new trainer Alex McPherson. Seattle Chief returned to the winner's circle following the race, but not to McPherson's barn. Instead, Seattle Chief will have to adjust to the surrounding in trainer Fred Warren's barn, as Top Dawg Stable claimed the gelding for $18,000.
With the win, his ninth in 33 career starts, Seattle Chief became the first horse to win four races at this Gulfstream Park meet. As the 1-2 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race, he returned $3 after stopping the timer in 1:52.83.
The one constant in Seattle Chief's winning streak has been jockey Mark Guidry, who has been in the irons for all four starts.