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Hard hitting Chips All In
, second beaten a nose down Santa Anita’s
hillside turf course on Feb. 23, came back firing in Saturday’s Grade
III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes, as he ran down even money favorite
Obviously in deep stretch to win going away by a half length under Tyler
Baze, getting 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:11.28.
Trained by Jeff Mullins, Chips All In, a 4-year-old
Kentucky-bred colt by North Light, sat a comfortable third early as
Irish-bred Obviously set sizzling fractions of 21.52, 43.16 and 1:05.28.
Baze angled his mount three-wide turning for home and proved best as
the 2-1 second choice in his second start off a seven month freshening.
“I wasn’t concerned about today at all,” said Baze. “Not the
way he’s been training—He’s training lights out. He’s a real special
horse and it’s just a privilege to be on him. He’s a really cool horse.
Owned by Everest, O’Brien, Valdez and Turpin, Chips All In paid
$6.60, $3.20 and $2.20. The winner’s share of $60,000 hiked his
earnings to $327,955, and Chips All In improved his record to 13-6-4-1.
With Mullins away to attend a horse sale in Ocala, Florida, assistant trainer Ral Ayers handled the San Simeon saddling duties.
“Obviously had to run hard to get up to the lead after not
getting away, so we were worried about him,” said Ayers. “He’s tough on
the lead, but maybe he needed one. Who knows? We’ll take what we can
Obviously, who hadn’t run since finishing a close third behind
eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan and 2011 Kentucky Derby winner
Animal Kingdom in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 3, was a bit slow
to begin, but vaulted to the lead with Joe Talamo about a hundred yards
out of the gate.
“That’s what we thought he would do, go straight out to the
front,” said Talamo. “He’s coming off a long layoff so it was a perfect
race for him and it should set him up for the summer.”
Obviously paid $2.80 and $2.10 and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Chosen Miracle and Rafael Bejarano.
Off at 9-2, Chosen Miracle paid $2.80 to show.