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Arthur Blue Chip cashes in again at Pompano

February 01, 2016
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Arthur Blue Chip, driven by Wally Hennessey, led every step of his mile, wiring together halves of :55.3 and :54.3, to win the enriched $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park on Sunday night in 1:50.1.
 
Four Socks, handled by John Cummings, Jr., finished second, one length away, while Johnny Grippa, with Dave Ingraham in the bike, finished third. Rock On Moe was fourth while Brees Creek picked up the nickel in the field of seven.

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.

In a post-race interview, Hennessey related, "Doc Moore (trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore) has him razor sharp-I mean razor sharp. Out in :27.1 and home in :27.1, why I hardly even spoke to him during the mile. And this group was no pushover, either, with a few of 'em owning sub-1:50 marks.
 
"I wanted to put my horse on the front end because I know how much Dave's (Ingraham) horse likes the front end and didn't want to give him a chance to get away with soft fractions, especially having confidence that my horse could go a good mile tonight."

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.

As the 1-5 toteboard favorite, Arthur Blue Chip paid $2.40 to his multitude of backers.
 
Bandolito won the $11,000 Open 3 Pace with a near wire-to-wire win for George Napolitano, Jr. in 1:49.4, this after scorching panels of :26, :53.1 and 1:20.3 along the way.

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)

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