Chips All In wins his first career stakes at Arapahoe Park in the 2011 Gold Rush Futurity. He is entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Photo by Coady Photography. Replay (below) by Arapahoe Park.
Chips All In became the first horse who has ever raced in Colorado to be entered for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The winner of the 2011 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park was among Wednesday’s pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on November 2.
After two victories in California to start his career as a 2-year-old, Chips All In won his first stakes race at Arapahoe Park in the 6-furlong, $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity on August 21, 2011.
“He won easy and pulled away, and we felt like we were stealing money,” his trainer at the time, Adam Kitchingman, recalled about Chips All In’s 1 1/2-length score with jockey Aaron Gryder aboard.
After the Gold Rush Futurity, Chips All In joined the barn of current trainer Jeff Mullins and has developed into a turf specialist in Southern California.
“After they put him on the grass, he’s turned into an even bigger monster,” Kitchingman said.
Now a 4-year-old, Chips All In has won four stakes races in five starts on the Santa Anita turf course. His most recent race was a nose victory in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes on September 27 over the same 6 1/2-furlong hillside turf course on which $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint will be contested. Following that victory, Chips All In’s connections decided to pay a $100,000 supplemental fee to make the horse eligible for the Breeders’ Cup.
“The horse has done really, really well,” Kitchingman said. “He tries so hard no matter where you put him in, and I think he has a real good chance in the Breeders’ Cup.”