Wins with ease for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter.
Washington, PA – Without Captaintreacherous in the lineup, Sunfire Blue Chip has stamped himself as one of the top three-year-olds in the sports with a powerful 1:48.3 triumph against formidable foes in capturing the $450,000Pace at the Meadows Saturday afternoon.
Despite earlier rains the track was still fast as the 12th race feature got underway.
Beach Memories (Corey Callahan) left from post six and took command early over Evenin Of Pleasure (Brett Miller) to the opening quarter mile in :26. But that lead was not to last as by the half mile pole Gingras had Sunfire Blue Clip on the move and in the lead after the half in :53.4.
But there is no rest for the leaders in a major stakes races and thus was the case for Sunfire Blue Chip as Some Kinda Beach (Andy Miller) came first-over with Lonewolf Currier (John Campbell) following the outside flow second-over)
As the field past the three-quarters in 1:21.2, Campbell sent Lonewolf Currier three-wide but once they straightned out in the stretch there was no catching Sunfire Blue Chip and Gingras urged his colt home with a :27.1 final quarter mile to win by three-quarters of a length. A fast closing Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) was second with World Power (Jim Morrill, Jr.) always closing well to be third.
“I just played it by ear,” Gingras said. “I was expecting Brian (Sears) to fire out of there (with Vegas Vacation), but since he didn’t, I was open to anything. I saw that the two horses leaving (Evenin Of Pleasure and Beach Memories) weren’t the horses to beat, so I figured I had to get my horse to the top. Once I got to the lead, I was very comfortable.”
It was the fifth win in nine starts this year for Sunfire Blue Chip who has now won four of his last five starts with the only loss coming at the hands of Captaintreacherous in the $500,000 Hempt final. Sire byfrom the mare, Shot Toga Bluechip, Sunfire Blue Chip is trained by and is owned by Christina Takter of New Jersey, John and Jim Fielding of Ontario, Brixton Medical Ab of Sweden and R.A. W. Equine, Inc. of Ontario.
It was the first Adios victory for Gingras but the second for winning trainer Jimmy Takter, who took the 2009 “Pace for the Orchids” with Vintage Master. Takter conditions Sunfire Blue Chip, a $75,000 yearling acquisition who now boasts career earnings of $392,464, for Christina Takter, Jim Fielding, John Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc.
Sunfire Blue Chip won his elimination off a three-week layoff, and Takter predicted he would be sharper today.
“I hope he gets even sharper,” Takter said. “He’ll need to be to beat Captaintreacherous.”
He indicated his horse will next race in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs.
The time of the race, 1:48.3, tied Sunfire Blue Chip's lifetime mark set earlier this season at the Meadows. Sunfire Blue Chip was sent off as the 2-1 second choice in the race and paid $7.20 to win.
Meadow Notes: Martini Hanover, under a perfect drive from Brian Sears, was able to use the Meadows passing lane to post a nose victory over Dedi’s Dragon (Yannick Gingras) in winning the $50,000 Adios Pace consolations pace in 1:50.2.
Sent off at odds of 10-1, Martini Hanover paid $22.00 to win. Trained by Chris Ryder and owned by Robert Mondillo of Delaware, Ohio, it was the second win in nine starts this year for the son of Dragon Again. Dew N Doughnuts (Mike Wilson) was third.
By Steve Wolf