HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Alto Racing’s Chipit ran his career record to 2-for-2 Thursday at Gulfstream Park with a triumph in the featured fourth race.
The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old, who had graduated at first asking at Gulfstream on March 7 by three-quarters of a length, scored by the same margin in Thursday’s optional claiming allowance event while turning in a somewhat less professional effort.
While stretching out from 5 ½ furlongs to seven furlongs, the son of Tapit got the job done under urgent handling by Edgard Zayas while demonstrating considerable room for improvement.
“Actually, I thought he was a little more green today than he was in his debut. In his debut, he didn’t break real well and sat behind horses and took dirt in his face, sat perfectly well and split horses at the top of the stretch,” Pletcher said. “Today, he was off the bridle a little bit early on and Edgard had to chase them on the turn and he was a little erratic in the stretch. He was a little green switching leads.”
Chipit, the 7-5 favorite in a field of seven, stalked the pace on the outside, chasing 40-1 pacesetter Off Duty and 8-5 second choice Grand Bill along the backstretch and into the far turn. Grand Bill moved boldly to the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch as Zayas had to ride Chipit hard to keep up the chase. Grand Bill appeared on his way to victory at the top of the stretch, but Chipit responded to Zayas’ urging to grind out the victory while racing erratically.”
Chipit ran seven furlongs in 1:24.49. Grand Bill finished 8 ¼ lengths clear of third-place finisher Bluegrass Luck and jockey Edgar Prado.
Pletcher said Chipit would be shipped to New York, where he plans to stretch out the Kentucky-bred colt.
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