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NEW YORK (AP) _ Reef Chief won the $50,000 feature at Aqueduct, a race in which less than half-a-length separated the first three horses in a shortened field of four.

Runnerup Above the Crowd was only a head before Nevada Strip at the wire. Knock Again trailed.

Reef Chief ridden by Aaron Gryder, covered the mile in 1:35 2-5 on the fast track to earn the $30,000 winner's share of the allowance's $50,000 purse for Robert Jocelyn.

The win was the fourth in six starts this year for Reef Chief who returned $6.00 and $2.70. Above the Crowd paid $2.50. There was no show betting.