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Hot trainer Gareth Dowse wins with Obvious Blue Chip

05:15 AM 05 Jul 2018 NZST
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Gareth Dowse trains Obvious Blue Chip

CHESTER PA - Hot trainer Gareth Dowse can do little wrong these days - he took over the care of Obvious Blue Chip, New York Sire Stakes champion and harness racing winner of $379G at three but a puzzlement in two starts at four, found her key, then saw her go out and overcome post eight and a 29-day break from the races with a 1:51.1 victory in the $17,000 fillies and mares pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.

Tim Tetrick had little trouble reaching the top despite the outer draw and rattled off fractions of 27.1, 55.3, and 1:24 with the Roll With Joe mare. In the stretch, it looked like pocketsitter Pass Line Bluechip could be a threat, but Tetrick just chirped to his horse and lifted the lines once, as Obvious Blue Chip obviously knew what to do, winning by 1½ lengths and boosting her earnings to $423,409 for the NLG Racing Stable and Stephen Klunowski.

Tetrick was also behind Wild Bill, the full brother to top stakes horse Huntsville ($1.7M) and a colt who had shown much promise before his two-year-old season ended after four starts. Making his first purse start in nearly eleven months, Wild Bill was victorious in a lifetime best 1:51.4 - but it was far from an easy victory.

Wild Bill was settled into third early from post seven as Artifact Hanover took advantage of the rail and was sent down the road by Corey Callahan, with Tetrick putting Wild Bill into play down the back. The two were virtually inseparable from before the ¾ pole, and in the stretch one could imagine seeing mirror images - Tetrick and Callahan wearing similar green-and-yellow colors, both horses with sulkies with yellow wheel disks, and the red of post position one's saddle pad not that variegated from the pink of post seven's.

It was only in the shadow of the wire that Wild Bill finally laid claim to victory, getting by his stubborn rival by a neck. Ray Schnittker is trainer and owner of the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore, and his future road will be an interesting one.

From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

 

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