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|Monday, July 08, 2013|
Scene Shifts to Fargo
Chippewa Downs meet wraps up; next stop NDHP
It was fitting that the feature race at Chippewa Downs on Sunday, June 30th was won by Pt Special Feature. The 5-1 favorite from the barn on Junior Dolphus won the richest race of the meet , the $4,278 AQHA Challenge Stakes by a half-length over Ja Gols Fancy Man. Nick Haar piloted the sorrel filly home first stopping the clock in 17.86 for the 350 yard race. The winner was bred in Oklahoma and collected her first stakes win of her career.
The thoroughbred set crowned a debut stakes winner as well as Ralph Buchholz’ Dakota Girl won her second straight race at Chippewa Downs, this time by daylight, in the $3,550 NDTOBA Derby. The three year old filly out of the stakes winning mare Patty Kim covered the five panels in 1:03 1/5 as the 9-1 third choice. The dark bay filly broke her maiden on Father’s Day in Belcourt and now finds herself at the head of the three year old crop heading to Fargo for the North Dakota Derby on July 20th. Tattle Tale Cat, another Derby nominee, ran second for Butch Herman while his other charge, the multiple stakes winning filly Hello Scarlet finished fifth as the 5-1 people’s choice.
A small but contentious field is lining up for the upcoming Derby. Besides Dakota Girl and the Herman duo, Go Socks Go is another Chippewa veteran who is eying Fargo. ‘Socks was second in a Maiden race in Belcourt on June 29th. Asfarashonorgoes, a maiden from Curt Rohweder stable is also Derby nominated. The filly by Eddie B. Ready runs in a $7,500 Maiden Claimer at Canterbury Park on July 11th.
The need for speed was evident in the $3500 Open Speed Stakes also at Chippewa on the last day of June. Tony’s a Genius bounded home a four length winner as the 4-1 favorite. Maddie Cat was second while Run Johny Run was third. Rapid Jack, a winner of two straight in Belcourt was up the track in sixth.
On the meet's final weekend, quarter horses had the loudest say with the renewal of the Grass Roots Series. In the Derby, Jennas Easy Cash, the 6-5 favorite, won by 1 1/4 lengths under veteran jockey Herman Fennel. It was the third straight win for the sorrel filly who should relish the extra distance in the NDQHRA Derby in Fargo as she got better as the race went on. John Bubel and Terry Davis appear to have a hot one heading into the Horse Park Meet, hard to believe considering she was 0/8 lifetime heading into the Belcourt meet.
In the Futurity, Dontthrotlemystyle proved to be the best for Jim Fleming and Zach Bacon when he rolled home by 1 1/4 lengths in the $8,600 race. Blurred Cash ran second while the race favorite Major Dasher finished third at 7-5. Kevin Gefoh's winner will likely head next to the NDQHRA Futurity on July 21st where his charge will likely face more ND breds who were not eligible for the Grass Roots race. Fresh faces or not, the son of Donttouchthethrotle is an impressive 2/2 lifetime and will now take his act on the road to a new track.
In the meet's longest stakes race, Spring Blues proved to be a refreshing alternative in the Chippewa Downs Thoroughbred Stakes. The smart money was on this 9-10 favorite who did not disappoint with a 6 1/2 length score. The gray gelding, who last raced at Assiniboia Downs four weeks ago, defeated Express Air, Heaven's Hope, and other meet luminaries.
In an Open Derby valued at $4,200 First Down Marie, a Canterbury Park ship-in won the 350 yard test by a nose over Ja Gols Fancy Man for trainer Rusty Wilson. 'Fancy Man, the 4-5 chalk lost a head bob decision and will look to pick up the pieces in the next start for Owner/Trainer Junior Dolphus.