Ack Ack: Bold Chieftain Meets Rebellion
by Jason Shandler
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:59:46 PM
Last Updated: 6/7/2008 5:47:51 PM

Bay Meadows Handicap winner Bold Chieftain seeks his first graded stakes victory in the Ack Ack Handicap.
Photo: Vassar Photography
Bold Chieftain, a leading handicap horse in Northern California, seeks his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) June 7 at Hollywood Park, but will face a full field of older horses, including Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) winner Rebellion.

The 7 1/2-furlong Ack Ack will be contested on the Cushion Track. As race 10, it is the last of three graded stakes on Hollywood’s program.

A 5-year-old son of Chief Seattle, Bold Chieftain has won 10 of 18 lifetime starts for trainer and co-owner Bill Morey Jr., with the majority of his success coming at Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows. The dark bay horse has reeled off three straight wins at the latter, all in stakes competition. Most recently, he stalked the pace and charged down the stretch to take the 1 1/16-mile Bay Meadows Handicap on the turf April 26. Russell Baze was aboard for that one, just as he will be for the Ack Ack.

Bold Chieftain jogged two miles around the main track June 4 after being shipped from Golden Gate.

“I gave him a little letdown after his last win and this race came up good,” Morey said. “I’m bringing him back at seven and a half, a distance he can handle.”

Bred in California, Bold Chieftain is out of the Seattle Dancer mare Hooked On Music. He has earned $628,025, and has been graded stakes-placed twice in four tries.

While many of Bold Chieftain’s best efforts have been around two turns, Hickory Tree Stable’s Rebellion is a specialist at seven-furlongs. The 5-year-old Mozart horse has won four times at that distance, including the April 12 Commonwealth, where he came from off the pace to get up by a head on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Trained by Graham Motion, English-bred Rebellion comes into the Ack Ack in fine form, having won four of his last six starts. One of those misses was a runner-up performance in the Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) last fall at Keeneland. His only off the board effort since 2006 was in the Oct. 27 Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I).

Rebellion began his racing career in England, where he won twice and ran out of the money only once in eight starts. He shipped to the states in the latter part of 2006. He has produced earnings of over $400,000 from 15 starts. Like Bold Chieftain, Rebellion will carry a high weight of 120 pounds. Rafael Bejarano rides.

Marsha Naify’s Stoneside is another to consider. Bred in Ireland, the 4-year-old Marchand de Sable colt enters off an impressive 1 3/4-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 19 at Santa Anita, where he came from off the pace to win going away.

Trained by Julio Canini, Stoneside raced as a 2- and 3-year-old in Spain and France, where he hit the board in 12 of 13 starts, including a runner-up effort in the group I Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last summer. Martin Pedroza gets the mount.

$100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III, Race 10, 5:30 p.m.), Three-Year-Olds and Up, 7 1/2 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Buzzards Bay (FL), 115, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
2. Southern Africa (KY), 114, Joel Rosario
3. Bestdressed (CA), 112, Jon Kenton Court
4. El Manuel (CHI), 113, Michael C. Baze
5. Stoneside (IRE), 116, Martin A. Pedroza
6. Bold Chieftain (CA), 120, Russell A. Baze
7. Soul City Slew (KY), 115, Victor Espinoza
8. Dixie Meister (TX), 117, David Romero Flores
9. Rebellion (GB), 120, Rafael Bejarano
10. Tropic Storm (FL), 116, Aaron T. Gryder
11. Mr Napper Tandy (GB), 114, Richard Migliore
12. Barber (KY), 114, Alex O. Solis



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