Chip Walther watches when Chip Walther races
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"We try to get some value," Anderson said. "All the sires are pretty damn good; the difference-maker is the mama's side. I liked the page and Erv said he liked the individual. He was just a tad on the small side at the time, but he doesn't look so small now. He's pretty close to average."
Last year, Chip Walther won five of 14 races and earned $126,655 for owners Anderson (as Paymaq Racing), Erv Miller Stable, Nick Surick Stable, and Louis "Andy" Willinger. His only victory in his first 10 starts came in a Landmark Stakes at Goshen Historic Track. He was winning the Sheppard Pace at Yonkers before going off stride in the final turn.
"Early we were so disappointed," Anderson said. "He trained down so good and we had really high hopes for him. But he was a little goofy in the head, a little immature. In the Sheppard I thought he was going to run off. He was up by three lengths and then he jumped off. We went from maybe having a big year to maybe not having a good year at all.
"Erv was real patient with him and didn't press on him much. Sure enough he kept getting better, got a little more confidence. I couldn't have asked for a better way for him to finish. We were very happy with him."
Chip Walther began his four-race win streak with a triumph in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile and capped it with a dead-heat victory in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship at the Meadowlands.
"We're excited," Anderson said. "He looks good. You've got to have luck and you never know how they'll come back at 3, but right now you couldn't ask for anything more."
Another returning stakes-winner in Miller's stable is 3-year-old pacer R J P. Last year the colt won two of 10 races and earned $99,140 for owners David Prushnok, John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and Lawrence Means. The Prushnoks bred R J P, who is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Vysoke Tatry.
"R J P is coming back really good," Miller said. "He's really strong right now. We'll see how far he goes. We were really high on him but then he got to where he was hard to drive in a race. We've been working with that. Hopefully he'll be doing it the right way this year." (HRC)