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Chips All In wins 2013 San Simeon.
Photo: Benoit Photography
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 get.”

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.



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