`Strongbow' dashes to win in Horatius

January 16, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Around the far turn, Rabbit's Foot Stables' Chief J Strongbow looked as if he were going nowhere, but he gathered momentum, caught front-running Bop and went on to win the seventh running of the $50,000 Horatius Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park.

The chestnut son of Chief Honcho beat eight 3-year-old rivals in running 1 minute, 24 2/5 seconds for the seven furlongs over a fast main track. Bop was a half-length back in second. Country Signature finished third.

The winner, who was supplemented to the stakes, rewarded his backers with a $29 win payoff. He topped an $85.20 1-2 exacta and a $255.80 1-2-4 trifecta.

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