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Chips All In Back On Turf in Pasadena

Chips All In, who faltered against Grade II competition in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, returns to more favorable conditions Friday in Santa Anita’s $70,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

 

With regular rider Alonso Quinonez aboard, the Kentucky-bred son of North Light will attempt to replicate his 1 ¼-length victory in the Eddie Logan Stakes, also at one mile on turf, when facing nine of his contemporaries.

 

Trained by Jeff Mullins for a partnership, Chips All In proved best in the Logan at odds of 11-1 to record his fourth win in five starts for earnings of $149,800. He again will be confronted by Stoney Fleece, third at 3-1 in the Logan while finishing 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner after having to steady at the eighth pole.

 

Stoney Fleece, conditioned by John Sadler for Gary and Cecil Barber, will be partnered by leading rider Joel Rosario, who was aboard when the California-bred son of Decarchy took Hollywood Park’s Grade III Generous Stakes at one mile on turf last November. Stoney Fleece is the field’s most accomplished entrant with earnings of $189,860 from a 4-1-2 record in nine starts.

 

Another entrant who has bested Stoney Fleece at the meet is trainer Doug O’Neill’s Tones, who finished a neck in front when capturing the $81,000 Baffle Stakes over the hillside turf course on Feb. 26. It was the second start in this country for the Irish-bred who previously had raced six times in England. Tones has posted an overall record of 3-2-2 in eight races while earning $65,968.

 

Midnight Crooner, Arnold Zetcher’s homebred son of War Chant, will make his first start on grass after breaking his maiden by 7 ½ lengths over one mile on Golden Gate’s synthetic surface on Feb. 18. Corey Nakatani, in the saddle for the race at Golden Gate, has the return riding engagement for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

 

The complete field for the 9th running of the Pasadena Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Loukas, Joseph Talamo, 122; That’s Dangerous, Victor Espinoza, 122; Captain Obvious, Mario Gutierrez, 117; Chips All In, Alonso Quinonez, 122; Tones, Eswan Flores, 117; Midnight Crooner, Corey Nakatani, 117; Vibrato Jazz, Mike Smith, 117; Unusual Heatwave, Kevin Krigger, 117; Buffalo Billy, Rafael Bejarano, 117, and Stoney Fleece, Joel Rosario, 122.

 

 

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