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Gallo Blue Chip retired

March 13, 2005

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Gallo Blue Chip, the richest pacer of all-time with earnings of $4,260,959, is hanging up his harness. Trainer Mark Ford and owner Martin Scharf made the decision after the 8-year-old gelding finished seventh in a non-winners of $10,000 condition pace on Saturday at Freehold.

"I want it to be known that physically he is fine," said Ford. "He is just older, lost a few steps. We don't want to do anything to cheapen him, and we are looking into the real possibility of getting him into Kentucky Horse Park."

Currently there are two Standardbreds residing at the Kentucky Horse Park: 1993 Horse of the Year Staying Together and 1997 Triple Crown winning pacer Western Dreamer.

Gallo Blue Chip wraps up his racing career with 53 wins, 19 seconds and nine thirds from 133 starts. His last win was in his final start at the Meadowlands on Feb. 26, 2005.

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