Chips All In Chases Alcatraz Pot
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 5/9/2012 9:03:42 PM
Last Updated: 5/12/2012 12:58:40 PM
Chips All In won the Pasadena on March 23 at Santa Anita.
Chips All In will put his perfect turf record on the line when he faces six rivals in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes May 12 at Golden Gate Fields.
The Alcatraz is for 3-year-olds and will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the Golden Gate turf. The Alcatraz is the seventh race on a nine-race program and will be run at approximately 4:15 p.m. PDT.
Chips All In is 2-for-2 on grass with the victories coming in the Eddie Logan and Pasadena stakes at Santa Anita Park.
A Kentucky-bred colt by the Irish sire North Light , Chips All In came from just off the pace to win the one-mile Eddie Logan by 1 1/4 lengths on Dec. 31. He led from start to finish while capturing the one-mile Pasadena by a neck on March 23.
Chips All In is trained by Jeff Mullins and will be ridden in the Alcatraz by Aaron Gryder, who is second in the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 91 victories. Chips All In has five wins and a second in seven career starts and $193,600 in earnings.
The Alcatraz field also features graded stakes winner Stoney Fleece and multiple stakes winner Longview Drive.
Stoney Fleece won the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT), a one-mile turf test, at Betfair Hollywood Park last fall and has placed in four other stakes. Stoney Fleece hopes to turn the tables on Chips All In after prior defeats in the Eddie Logan and the Pasadena. Stoney Fleece finished third in the Eddie Logan (1 3/4 lengths behind Chips All In) and seventh in the Pasadena (2 1/2 lengths behind the winner).
Trained by John Sadler, Stoney Fleece tops the Alcatraz field in money won with $246,860. Jockey Kevin Krigger will ride Stoney Fleece, who has finished in the money in eight of his 11 career starts.
Longview Drive hails from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn and will be making his first start since running last in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 7. Longview Drive won two stakes as a 2-year-old last year, taking the six-furlong Cavonnier Juvenile at Santa Rosa and the 1 1/16-mile Charlie Palmer Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair.
Russell Baze will ride Longview Drive, who will be making his turf debut.
Cahill Chrome ran second in the California Derby on Jan. 14; Pepnic broke his maiden on the turf May 5 at Golden Gate; British-bred Press Baron made his U.S. debut April 12 and finished third in a one-mile allowance race on the Santa Anita turf; and The Roan Ranger is coming off a pair of route wins on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
$75,000 Alcatraz Stakes (Race 7, 4:15 p.m.), 3YOs, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Cahill Chrome (CA), J J Hernandez, R W Hansen
2. Pepnic (CA), C Herrera, A Paszkeicz
3. Chips All In (KY), A T Gryder, J Mullins
4. Stoney Fleece (CA), K Krigger, J W Sadler
5. Press Baron (GB), J Valdivia Jr., P Gallagher
6. The Roan Ranger (KY), F T Alvarado, J F Martin
7. Longview Drive (KY), R A Baze, J Hollendorfer
All carry 120 pounds.
Pepnic races without shoes.
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