Racing at Hollywood Park with Marc Doche: Chips All In is a win machine
- Updated: June 22, 2012
Stakes action under the Friday night lights with 3-year-olds at a mile on turf in the $68,000 Tsunami Slew where Chips All In looks for his sixth win in the ninth start of his career.
Already a 3-time stakes winner, Chips All In was nostrilized in the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 12 and is the 3-to-1 co-second choice tonight. With speedsters lined up both inside and outside the son of North Light, his ability to track just off the pace should work in his favor.
The other 3-to-1 choice is Boat Trip, who stretches out after a pair of wins from off the pace in turf sprints. Believed to have had a breathing problem earlier in his career, the son of Harlan’s Holiday faded in his lone two-turn try in December.
Off a pair of solid tries on Cushion Track including defeating Cal-breds in the Snow Chief, Unusual Heatwave is the 5-to-2 favorite. Despite being a son of prolific turf sire Unusual Heat, he’s won just once from seven starts on the lawn and finished behind some of tonight’s rivals in his previous two starts before trying the main track.
The value lies with Tones at 6-to-1 on the morning line returning to Southern California after running eighth in the American Turf (Grade II) at Churchill Downs. In a pair of ungraded stakes at Santa Anita before shipping out of town, the Irish-bred son of Strategic Prince won the Baffle Stakes before coming up a neck short to Chips All In in the Pasadena.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 5 (ALL) – A solid money allowance for sprinters opting out of next weekend’s Triple Bend (Grade I) and we’ll punch the all button, though the lean on the top pick goes to No. 2 Gato Go Win.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (3) – No. 3 Dugan Bill moves to a top-notch barn for cagey claiming connections after a group I put together wasn’t able to pull the trigger for him for $20,000 in December. The scratch of the “other” Mitchell screams he’s live.
Leg 3 – Race 7 (1,4) – No. 1 Tones faced much better in Kentucky and did well enough despite a troubled trip. A repeat of the Pasadena Stakes is possible with him hitting the wire together with No. 4 Chips All In.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (2,3,5,7,8,9,12) – No. 2 You Little Devil flew late in his debut last year over this track to miss by just half a length and can fire fresh again.
However, we’ll spread with No. 3 Stormin’ Bubsy, No. 5 Minister of Trade, No. 7 Three Buttons Down, No. 8 Devgru, No. 9 Awesome Mike and No. 12 Deception Free.
Recap – (ALL) w (3) w (1,4) w (2,3,5,7,8,9,12) – Total cost of ticket = $49
Yesterday’s Result – (-$120)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (-$2,163.40)
Total from 12/26/10 – 4/22/12 – (+$588.70)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (4,5) – No. 4 Natalie’s Academy will no doubt be a short price, but she’s already been defeated three times as the favorite at this level so we’ll double up with No. 5 Am Another Lover, who debuts for 20% first-time trainer Mike Harrington.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (4,6,7) – Drawn outside the other speed, No. 6 Fire in the Wind can stalk and be right there if he can repeat his effort from two back.
He’ll have to hold off potent closers for this level No. 4 Dave’s Pacemaker and No. 7 Adam Suances.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (2,6,7) – No. 6 Three Blondes did well to split the field in her debut after breaking from the rail and can be closer early with the lack of speed.
No. 2 Dancingtothestars could shoot to the lead in her second start off a long layoff andNo. 7 Maiden Lane gets Rafael Bejarano for the first time.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,3,4,5,10) – No. 1 Sea to Sky made up some ground late in her turf debut and drawn inside can save ground on the stretch out.
No. 10 Corinthian’s Song will be sent from the outside and needs to cross and clear to avoid being hung wide into the clubhouse turn. If runners to his inside break sharply he could be compromised.
No. 5 Fable Haven ran a winning race in his last and stretches out for a potent trainer/jockey combo.
No. 3 Incentivize appears to be the better of the Marty Jones runners and No. 4 Money Talker gets Garrett Gomez to help his late kick.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (2,3,4,6) – No. 2 Gato Go Win drops out of graded stakes competition in his first with Mike Mitchell and offers tremendous value if he’s anywhere near his morning line price.
No. 1 Indian Firewater never wins, but it’s interesting to see Bejarano land here for Bob Baffert instead of No. 3 Capital Account, who’s been favored in all six career starts with three wins.
No. 4 Sahara Sky always brings it late and No. 6 Chiloquin is a consistent, hard-knocking Cal-bred.
Recap – (4,5) w (4,6,7) w (2,6,7) w (1,3,4,5,10) w (2,3,4,6) – Total cost of ticket = $180
Yesterday’s Result – (-$1.80)
Total for current Hollywood Park spring/summer meet – (+$602.60)
Total from 7/20/11 – 4/22/12 – (+$2,150.80)
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