Day At The Track

Art Major son in a vicious 25.4 final quarter

02:58 AM 29 Aug 2010 NZST
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Hypnotic Blue Chip
Hypnotic Blue Chip
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Hypnotic Blue Chip made the most of a second-over trip by thundering past rivals in the stretch to capture the single $50,000 elimination for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby for older harness racing pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

Jody Jamieson guided the compact four-year-old son of Art Major - A Traceofmagic and had him positioned in fifth spot through a first quarter of :26.1 which was supplied by Bigtime Ball and driver Paul MacDonell.

As the field approached the half, Jamieson was able to slip out on the back of Annieswesterncard who had been parked since the outset. Bigtime Ball remained on top past the half in :54.3 with Annieswesterncard hanging in first-over and Lisagain tripping out along the inside third.

Meanwhile, Hypnotic Blue Chip was poised second-over as the field reached the third marker in 1:22.1. As soon as Annieswesterncard began to tire, Jamieson pulled the trigger three-wide and his charge responded with a vicious :25.4 final quarter to haul down Bigtime Ball by 1-3/4 lengths with Lisagain holding on for the show spot.

"He's (Hypnotic Blue Chip) come to life again this year as a four-year-old racing again the best in the world," said Jamieson. "When I first looked at the program I wasn't sure how the race was going to unfold and I was even less sure going into the first turn with Annieswesterncard on the outside.

"Annieswesterncard is a quality horse and I just figured if I got him in front of me he would take me far enough. He (Hypnotic Blue Chip) was just great tonight, he popped off cover just like he did ‘Hambo' day with a big last quarter. I just hope seven days from now he will be just as good."

It was the sixth win in 19 starts this season for the Kevin McDermott trainee and elevated his seasonal earnings to just over $518,000 for owner Francis Azur of Coraopolis, Pa. He returned just $2.80 as the popular winner.

The connections of Hypnotic Blue Chip had the option of a bye straight to the final but opted to race instead. By virtue of his win, they also got to choose their post for the final and opted for post two.

Shark Gesture, Vintage Master and Won The West did accept byes into the final and will join the top seven finishers from Saturday's elimination in next weekend's $780,000 final. Here is a look at the complete field in post position order:

1 Keystone Horatio

2 Hypnotic Blue Chip

3 Blueridge Western

4 Won The West

5 Bigtime Ball

6 Lucky Man

7 Bettor Sweet

8 Shark Gesture

9 Vintage Master

10 Lisagain

Greg BLANCHARD

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