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(T 5f , to Chamberlain Bridge, Little Nick, defeating Blue Sailor, Cardashi, Custom for Carlos, True to Tradition, Awakino Cat, Natural Seven, Cooper County, Trust Or Bust ).
The far outside post in an 11-horse field didnÕt keep Chamberlain Bridge from winning the five-furlong Turf Monster Handicap Sept. 7 at Philadelphia Park. He rallied six-wide on the turn and caught the leaders inside the sixteenth pole, then drew away to a 11Ú2-length victory while being ridden by John Velazquez. The geldingÕs winning time over a ÒfirmÓ course was :57.14.
Chamberlain Bridge was part of the favored entry with Mr. Nightlinger, who finished third. Both runners are trained by Bret Calhoun. Chamberlain Bridge is owned by Carl R. Moore Management and Mr. Nightlinger is owned by Carl R. Moore Management and Martin Racing Stable.
Bred in Kentucky by Eugene Melnyk, Chamberlain Bridge raced twice for his breeder before being claimed for $25,000 by trainer Tom Amoss (acting on behalf of Maggi Moss) after winning by a nose at six furlongs at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in September 2007. Calhoun claimed Chamberlain Bridge for Carl R. Moore Management for $35,000 at Fair Grounds after the gelding scored in a 51Ú2-furlong optional claiming/allowance race on grass in March of 2008. Chamberlain Bridge has captured five added-money events, including this yearÕs Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT), while being trained by Calhoun.
Times Two (by Double Jay), the fourth dam of Chamberlain Bridge, won eight times and finished second or third in seven added-money events in 1960 and 1961, including the Alcibiades Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, and Spinster Stakes. She produced two added-money winners: Heisanative (by Raise a Native) and Two Timing Lass (by Prince John).
Director (by Swaps), the third dam of Chamberlain Bridge, captured 10 races and finished second or third six times in stakes. She was second twice in the Colonial Handicap (1970 and 1971), and she finished second in a division of the 1970 Suwannee River Handicap.
War Chant is the sire of Chamberlain Bridge and 24 additional stakes winners. The stallion has been represented by nine other added-money winners this year, including Kingsfort, winner of the Sept. 12 Ladbrokes.com Vincent OÕBrien National S (Ire-I), War Kill (gr. II), and Ballymore Lady (gr. IIIT). Winner of the 2000 BreedersÕ Cup Mile (gr. IT), War Chant stands at Robert and Blythe ClayÕs Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The 12-year-old stallionÕs 2009 stud fee was $15,000.ÑD.B.B.
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