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WELL FANCIED CHIPS ALL IN PREVAILS IN GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES AS LEPAROUX GUIDES MULLINS TRAINEE TO NOSE VICTORY DOWN HILLSIDE TURF
SANTA ANITA UNVEILS $15 MILLION RENOVATIONS ON OPENING DAY OF 24-DAY AUTUMN MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2013)—With blue skies above and $15 million in renovations sprucing up Santa Anita’s storied grandstand, Julien Leparoux guided 5-2 second choice Chips All In to a nose victory over longshot Boat Trip and Garrett Gomez in the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, covering 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12 flat.
Trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All In won the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hill three starts back on April 20, and was most recently second as the even money favorite in a classified allowance going one mile on turf at Del Mar Aug. 22.
“I think the two route races (miles) that he had under his belt prior to this helped a lot,” said Mullins.
When asked about the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2, Mullins responded, “He’s not eligible…That’s going to be up to the owners. They’re going to have to come up with a lot of money (a supplemental fee of $100,000). We’ll see how he comes out of this, regroup and see what they want to do. You never know.”
Although he had routed in his last two starts, Leparoux was intent on allowing Chips All In to motor early on.
“He broke pretty good, and I tried to put him in the race,” said Leparoux. “And then I just tried to be clear and not have any traffic. I put him where he was clear, and he put me there easy. I thought I felt someone coming on the outside, and he went on. He loves this track and loves this distance.”
The second choice in a field of 12, Chips All In Paid $7.80, $4.80 and $3.00.
Owned by Jean Everest, John O’Brien and Danny Valdez of Salt Lake City, Chips All In, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by North Light, picked up $60,000 for the win, running his bankroll to $410,613. He now has seven wins, five seconds and a third place finish from 16 lifetime starts. Boat Trip, far back early with Gomez, finished a half length in front of favored Unbridled’s Note. Off at 7-1, he paid $7.40 and $4.60. “When we hit the dirt (crossing, at the top of the stretch) he jumped a little and I lost ground,” said Gomez. “I had to give him time to get back on his feet, so I lost momentum and I think that cost me the race.”
Winner of last year’s Eddie D., Unbridled’s Note was the actual 5-2 favorite with Corey Nakatani up. He finished a neck in front of comebacking Caracortado, paying $3.40 to show.
Idle since winning the Grade III Daytona Stakes down the hill in January, 2012, Caracortado closed good ground with Aaron Gryder aboard. “Aaron said he got bottled up a little at the three-eighths pole,” said trainer Mike Machowsky, who is also the breeder and part owner. “He might’ve won. I don’t know how much he got beat (three quarters of a length)…but he gutted it out…Nineteen months off and he’s still got his class. He comes back and runs this kind of race against these horses. He still has it. They allow 14 to run (in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint) and hopefully we’re one of the 14.”
There is a Pick Six carryover of $42,332 into Saturday and it’s expected the total pool tomorrow will exceed $300,000.
Saturday is Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day at Santa Anita, with five Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes slated on an 11-race program. First post time is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.
For more racing information, visit santaanita.com.