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Don't Know Chip, Some Girls Do win finals

March 25, 2011

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A swift early pace set up perfectly for the closing kick of Don’t Know Chip in the $74,000 Horse and Groom, the first of two stakes finals contested on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Driven by Tim Tetrick, Don’t Know Chip sat well off the cutthroat duel between Affirmed Action and Southwind Vavoom and exploded home in the final eighth to win the sixth race feature in 1:53.4. Celebrity Hercules closed stoutly to finish just a neck behind the winner, while Mystery Photo held third after failing to shake loose from the pocket. Don’t Know Chip paid $8.60.

“There was plenty of speed up front,” Tetrick said. “Even if they go slow around that last turn, my horse always wants to get off his work a little bit, but down by the seven-eighths, he’ll always kick in. Some times he’s too far back, but tonight he kept up well enough and really sprinted to the wire from the seven-eighths on. My horse will never win by many, but he knows where the wire is. If he can get a head in front, he’ll usually keep it. It’s just hard getting that head in front.”

Don’t Know Chip posted his third win in eight tries this season, upping his career bankroll to $231,781. Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zossel bred and co-own the 6-year-old son of Chip Chip Hooray-Ceremonial with trainer Rob Harmon. Don’t Know Chip is eligible to both major stakes for free for all trotters this season at the Meadowlands, the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on May 14 and Titan Cup on July 2.

Some Girls Do swept her second series of the meet in the $53,800 Night Styles.

With Brian Sears in tow, Some Girls Do angled three-wide off cover on the final turn and edged past the tenacious leader Summer Snow in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:52.2. Fax Me sprinted a final :26.3 panel to finish another neck behind them in third.

“There were a few horses leaving out of there on the first turn and I knew that Summer Snow could be a handful once she gets started up,” Sears said. “I just took my time and was able to work out a good trip for her. Summer Snow was tough, but my filly’s been sharp and she is getting better every week.”

Some Girls Do swept both legs and the $49,000 final of the Tender Loving Care series in February. The 3-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Village Green is now six for seven on the season. She has now won $79,590 for trainer Ron Burke, his father Mickey’s Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith. (Meadowlands)

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