NEW YORK (AP) Chief Lion extended his winning streak to three with a 1 1/2-length victory Wednesday in the $85,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.
And he did it at three different tracks on a coast-to-coast odyssey.
It started in California at Santa Anita, continued at Penn National before hitting Belmont for owner-trainer David Jacobson.
Chief Lion and jockey Emmanuel Esquivel set the early pace under pressure from Loki’s Vengeance. They shook free of that rival at the top of the stretch and were comfortably clear of the late rally from runner-up All Star Red.
The 6-year-old gray gelding improved to 7 for 27. The time was 1:15.50 for the 6 1/2 furlongs.
Chief Lion paid $16, $8.50 and $5.10. All Star Red returned $6.20 and $4.50. Drama King, longest shot in the race at 29-1, paid $10.40 to show.