Chips All In, a $4,500 sales purchase who had won his first
three starts before losing by a head, registered an 11-1 upset in the
day’s supporting feature, the $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds
at one mile on turf.
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Chips All In tracked the early pace
set by Champions Gate, took the lead entering the stretch and staved off
the rally of runner-up Sheer Talent by 1 ¼ lengths. The winning time
Stoney Fleece, the 3-1 second choice who had run fifth in the
California Breeders’ Championship Stakes on Santa Anita’s main track
five days before, finished third, a half-length back of the runner-up in
the field of nine. Daddy Nose Best, the 9-10 favorite, was never a
factor, finishing fifth.
Trained by Jeff Mullins for the partnership of Gene Everest,
John O’Brien and Daniel Valdez, Chips All In had won his first three
starts at tracks ranging from Golden Gate to Del Mar to Arapahoe Park in
Colorado where he won the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity. He subsequently
suffered his only setback in the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate.
The Eddie Logan was his first start on turf.
“We always kind of thought he would take to the grass,” said
Mullins. “He had breezed good on it. But he was out of conditions, so we
didn’t have any other choice. He made us look good.”
“My horse was just galloping around there,” Quinonez said. “I
knew the leader was going really easy, so I didn’t want him to get the
jump on me. I knew Gomez (Garrett, on Sheer Talent) was right behind me
going to the far turn and I didn’t want to let him push me out, so I had
to hold my position. When we turned for home, he put himself in the
race, and when I hit him left-handed, he re-broke. It was a great way to
finish the year.”
The winner paid $25.20, $11.40 and $6. Sheer Talent paid $7.80
and $5.60. Stoney Fleece, ridden by Corey Nakatani, paid $3.40 to show.
The winning purse of $47,400 increased the earnings of Chips All In to
The Eddie Logan was named in memory of the iconic figure who
operated a shoe shine stand outside Santa Anita’s racing office from the
day the track opened on Christmas Day, 1934 until shortly before his
death at the age of 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.