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First Colorado horse in Breeders’ Cup: Chips All In

October 23, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

At the top of the stretch, Chips All In (#11, outside) fights for the lead with King Of Swat (#10, inside) and Tulsa Te (#8, between horses) in the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park on August 21, 2011.
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
Chips All In became the first horse ever to have raced in Colorado to be entered to a Breeders’ Cup race earlier today, October 23. The winner of the 2011 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park was among 18 pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on November 2, the second day of the two-day World Championships.

After victories at Golden Gate Fields and Del Mar to start his career as a 2-year-old, Chips All In won his first stakes race at Arapahoe Park in the 6-furlong, $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity on August 21, 2011.

“He won easy and pulled away, and we felt like we were stealing money,” his trainer at the time, Adam Kitchingman, recalled about Chips All In’s 1½-length score with jockey Aaron Gryder aboard.

After the Gold Rush Futurity, Chips All In joined the barn of current trainer Jeff Mullins and has developed into a turf specialist in Southern California.

“After they put him on the grass, he’s turned into an even bigger monster,” Kitchingman said.

Now a 4-year-old, Chips All In has won four stakes races in five starts on the Santa Anita turf course. His most recent race was a nose victory in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on September 27 over the same 6½-furlong hillside turf course on which $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint will be contested. Following that victory, Chips All In’s connections decided to pay a $100,000 supplemental fee to make the horse eligible for the Breeders’ Cup.

“The horse has done really, really well,” Kitchingman said. “He tries so hard no matter where you put him in, and I think he has a real good chance in the Breeders’ Cup.”

Among Chips All In’s potential competitors are defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Mizdirection, last year’s second- and third-place finishers Unbridled’s Note and Reneesgotzip, and $1 million-earners Jeranimo and Silver Max.