Splash Blue Chip Wins Sire Stakes at Monticello
July 27, 2021
Photo Credit: Geri Schwarz
Monticello, N.Y. – Splash Blue Chip won her second consecutive NYSS event of the year with a win of 1:57.1 on Monday, July 26 at Monticello Raceway.
The field of seven was whittled to six after a late post time scratch of Dream Chapter. Splash Blue Chip, the 1/5 betting favorite starting from post position 5, eased away from the gate to get the lead and had two lengths on the pack as they hit the first stanza in 29.1. The gap was still the same at both the half in 58.2 and the ¾ pole in 1:27.3. It looked as though Splash Blue was going to wade to an easy win but her stablemate, Illuminata (Mark Mac Donald), who was sitting in the garden spot the entire mile, had other plans and took advantage of the passing lane down the stretch and posed a serious threat, but made a costly miscue just yards from the finish line and made a break to finish second. Finishing third was Titans Hope. Time for the mile was 1:57.1.
Splash Blue Chip, the strapping daughter of EL Titan, was driven to victory by driver, trainer and part owner Ake Svanstedt/Mellby Gard Inc. of Delray Beach, Florida. With the win, her seasonal earnings are now in excess of $95,000. Splash Blue Chip is now tied for first place with Moni For Lindy for overall points in her category.
In Excelsior A action, Izzy Demsky (EL Titan) and Mattias Melander scored in a wire-to-wire win in 2:00 – $3.00. Just Joshing (Andy Miller) scored a start to finish with a two-length win in 1:58.3- $3.30. Lovey Belle benefited from a great drive from Jason Bartlett to score in 2:00 – $22.40 over the favorite, Insured Am S. The lone Excelsior B event saw Ruinoutofrsntorun and Jason Bartlett hold off Summer Storm (Jordan Stratton) in 2:03 – $6.50.
In the Fillies and Mares Open Pace, Beauty is Blind extended her win streak to three, scoring in 1:55.2 for trainer Christopher Petrelli. With the win, Petrelli sits in fourth place with 34 winners hailing from his barn. Blue Chip Farms stallions ruled the afternoon with EL Titan with three winners and Chapter Seven had a pair. Driver Jason Bartlett had two winners on the afternoon.