Chief Ring Master looked like a pro Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. The Indiana sired gelding trotted right by his competition to score his first career win in 1:59.3.
Starting from post one, driver Jason Thompson eased Chief Ring Master out of the gate as Honest Money and Trae Porter used the most speed from the outside to get to the lead, setting fractions of :28.0, :57.4 and 1:28.0. Midway through the second turn, Chief Ring Master moved to the outside from the fourth position and began to move up on his opponents, but could not reach Honest Money, who continued to lead the way into the final turn. Chief Ring Master was able to slide over to the inside to save ground around the final turn before moving back out and taking a second try at Honest Money.
Honest Money was not giving in easily as Chief Ring Master moved up on the outside. The pair hit the wire together with Chief Ring Master coming away with the win by a nose. Invisible Touch and Wayne Long finished several lengths back in third.
Chief Ring Master was a surprise, paying $38.60 for the win. The four-year-old son of Crescent Fashion is owned by William Sartin and Richard Ashley. Brookview Farms bred the gelding, who is trained by Joe Hundertpfund Jr.
Chief Ring Master was initially purchased by the Delong partnership and Roger Welch. He was sold last year in the summer after very limited starts on the track and a couple of qualifying wins before relocating to the East Coast with his current connections. He has now had a win and a third in two starts for 2023. He was sold as a yearling under the name of Brookview Chief.
Chief Ring Master has quite a pedigree. He is a half-brother to Brookview Bolt, who has nearly a half million on his card and Brookview Darius, who has a mark of 1:57.1 taken last year as a two-year-old. The family has a two-year-old getting ready for his debut this season called Brookview El Zorro, a colt by Swan in a Million. Erv Miller currently has the two-year-old in training with his massive group of freshman Indiana sired horses. The current owners paid $20,000 for him at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.
Another Indiana sired winner was on the Monday card at Dover Downs as Rocket Da Red and Cody Poliseno scored a win in claiming action in 1:55.4. The 10-year-old son of Shadyshark Hanover rallied up late to win the race by a neck, paying $124.00 in the process. Rocket Da Red is trained by Carlo Poliseno for owner Louis Tomczak Jr. Willis Miller bred the old-timer, who has more than $224,000 in earnings and a mark of 1:50.4 taken at four at The Meadowlands.