The Pizza Man Will Get a Break From Racing

The Pizza Man Will Get a Break From Racing
Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter

Midwest Thoroughbreds stable star, The Pizza Man, will be given a break from racing and be pointed to a summer campaign with the goal of defending his title in the Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

Richard Papiese and his trainer Roger Brueggemann made the decision to give the seven year old gelding a break after The Pizza Man had not trained up to par as of late. “He wasn’t as crisp in his training, and we decided to give him a break. He will be sent to our farm in Florida in the next couple of days and be given as much time as he needs” Papiese said.

The plan now is to point to the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes in July at Arlington Park as a prep for the Million. Papiese left open the possibility of a stakes at Churchill before the Stars and Stripes, if The Pizza Man tells his connections he is ready to roll sooner. The Pizza Man has won $1,908,722 to date, and sports a record of 27-16-2-2.

Meet Chip Gehrke

Chip Gehrke has been with Horse Racing Nation since 2015 and currently serves as a Featured Writer. Based outside of Chicago, Chip can be found in the press box many weekends during the Arlington Park meet. The On The Air With Dr. Derby name originates from his local sports radio show appearances as an on-air racing expert. Now also a weekly contributor on FOX Sports radio's "The Fast Track," Chip can be heard giving his thoughts on the racing world every weekend.

In 2017, Chip was chosen to be a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association. As a part of the NTWAB, Chip became a voter for the year-end Eclipse Awards, something he takes very seriously. Some of Chip's favorite writings from the last couple of years is the best way to get to know him, along with following him on Twitter at @doctorderby.

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