Day At The Track

Ostrich Blue Chip captures feature

12:41 PM 30 Aug 2017 NZST
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Ostrich Blue Chip Tuff lil Tune
Ostrich Blue Chip
Tom Melanson photo
Tuff lil Tune
Tom Melanson photo

Plainville, MA---With competing in the New York Sire Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic and having just won the Zweig consolation already this year, Ostrich Blue Chip came into today's race at Plainridge Park with a solid harness racing resume. And her class showed as she won the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 29).

Ostrich Blue Chip (Greg Merton) got away fourth as Shorething Fashion (Chris Long) took the lead. But as that one cleared the quarter in :28, Merton pulled Ostrich Blue Chip and went to the front and that would be the final lead change of the race.

Ostrich Blue Chip was motoring along comfortably up the backstretch when Back Stage (Ivan Davies) tried his luck and performed admirably for a while, trotting stride for stride with the favorite to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. But past that station, the curtain came down on Back Stage and Ostrich Blue Chip started trotting away from the field. With a sizable lead heading for home, Merton had her wrapped up early and she cruised to a one-length victory in 1:55.3.

It was the fourth win in six starts for Ostrich Blue Chip ($3.20) and also her third in a row. The 3-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven is owned by the Fred Monteleone Stable LLC and is trained by Frank Antonacci.

In the $10,000 co-featured condition trot, Tuff Lil Tune (Jim Hardy) tracked the heavy favorite Donomoni (Greg Merton) from third until the three-quarter pole when Hardy pulled the big trotter and drew even with the leader. From there the two trotted side-by-side down the lane before Tuff Lil Tune got the edge and won by a head in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

It was the second win in three starts this year for Tuff Lil Tune ($23.20) and also his second win in a row. The 4-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski and is trained by Scott Rollins.

Greg Merton had another Grand Slam at Plainridge on Tuesday winning with Muscana (1:56.2, $3.20), Fast N Victorious (1:54.1, $3.40), The Date Rocker (1:54.4, $3.80) and Ostrich Blue Chip (1:55.3, $3.20).

Jim Hardy also had a driving triple and trainer Scott Rollins sent two of his students to the winner's enclosure for pictures.

Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.

From the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts
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