Arthur Blue Chip cashes in again at Pompano
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In a confident move, Hennessey sent Arthur Blue Chip winging out of the gate, putting Johnny Grippa in the garden spot with Four Socks, longest shot in the field at nearly 40-1. With an opening quarter in :27.1, Arthur Blue Chip strolled over to the half in :55.3 with a :27.2 third panel thwarting any developing threats. In the lane, Johnny Grippa angled out and Arthur Blue Chip drifted out a tad allowing Four Socks clear sailing along the pylons into second but the outcome was never in doubt.
Dr. Ian Moore shares ownership in Arthur Blue Chip with R G McGroup and Serge Savard, with their five year-old son of Shadow Play equaling his lifetime best mile with the win-his second of the year in four starts and 12th lifetime in only 29 starts.
The victory, incidentally vaulted Arthur Blue Chip's lifetime bounty over the $500,000--$503,742 to be precise.
Next Thing Smoke'n closed fast to finished second for Rick Plano while Maddysonofagun finished third with John MacDonald in the bike. Danishdujour finished fourth while Southern Winds picked up the minor award in the octet.
Bandolito, a 6-year-old son of Ponder owned and trained by Jenny Bier, won for the 25th time during his splendid career to send his lifetime bounty to $434,535 to go along with a splendid mark of 1:48.
As the overwhelming 1-5 toteboard favorite, Bandolito paid a $2.60 dividend to his many investors.
After the race, the soft spoken Napolitano simply said, "He was on his game tonight!"
The $12,000 Open 2 Pace went to Northern Companion, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, in 1:51.4
In the popular "Over The Hill Gang" Series, featuring 9 year olds and up, a field of seven with combined earnings of well over $2 million and 236 lifetime wins went post-ward and it was the 11-year-old Zorgwijk Impact, driven by Napolitano for owner-trainer Jack Sheehan, home first in a lifetime equaling best effort of 1:54.2. (Pompano Park)