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June 22, 2003 · By · Share

Chief Negotiator broke his maiden by nearly six lengths on June 21st at Churchill Downs. The Chief broke well but was maybe a half-beat off the mark and came out sixth. He quickly moved up to assume the lead and was over a length clear after a quarter-mile that went in 22.2. Mark Guidry continued to allow Chief Negotiator to run out on his own cutting the half-mile in 45.2. Another horse made a run at Chief Negotiator heading into the turn, but he turned him away easily. As he turned for home, Chief Negotiator went a little wide, however he straightened away in the stretch and began drawing off. Mark Guidry said that when they were in the stretch Chief Negotiator began to loaf a bit, so he kept him to task. The final margin of victory was five and three-quarter lengths and the running time for the seven furlongs was a solid 1:23.1. Something interesting to note, there was an "a other than" for three-year-olds and up later in the card, and Chief Negotiator was almost a tick faster in his race than the allowance horses. Chief Negotiator collected $21,080 for the race.