Influential sire Pine Chip dies
December 04, 2019
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Pine Chip 1:51 ($1,710,858), a world champion on the racetrack and an influential stallion, particularly as a broodmare sire, has died at Broline Stud in Sweden. The son of Arndon-Pine Speed (by Speedy Somolli) was 29.
“Of course, it is a sad day, but we are extremely proud and happy to have had this amazing individual at the stud, for almost two decades,” Broline’s Tommy Norén told Sweden’s SulkySport magazine.
“Pine Chip was not only an amazing trotting horse and breeding stallion, he was also an incredible individual,” added Norén. “He was without a doubt the King of Broline.
Pine Chip was trained by Chuck Sylvester and regularly driven by John Campbell. As a 3 year old went from being a green 3 year old to a co-favorite in the Hambletonian. Although he finished second to American Winner in the Hambo, in the fall he set a world record at the Delaware County Fair and then trotted the fastest miles in the history of the Kentucky Futurity, and also captured the Breeders Crown.
"I've trained a lot of great trotter - pure and simple, Pine Chip is the best ever," said Sylvester.
Although he was denied a victory in the Hambletonian by his rival American Winner, Pine Chip sired two Hambo winners, Scarlet Knight and Chip Chip Hooray. When they won the 2001 and ’02 editions of the classic, they made Pine Chip the first horse to sire back-to-back winners since Star’s Pride in the 1960s.
As a broodmare sire Pine Chip’s daughters have produced the world champion Snow White, Hambletonian champion Muscle Massive and Cedar Dove, the dam of 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry.
Pine Chip will be buried in the stallion depot area at Broline which has been his home for the past 20 years.