Chips All In “More Than Fine”

The Tuesday, Oct. 3 edition of the TDN included a column that reported that former GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint competitor Chips All In (North Light {Ire}) pulled up “with an undisclosed injury” in a Sept. 30 allowance race at Sandy Downs in Idaho, but the horse’s connections have clarified that his failure to finish the race was merely a precautionary measure over a slippery track. Michelle Yu, who is married to one of Chips All In’s co-owners, Ryan Hanson, said Chips All In was never injured, and simply did not handle the footing on the racetrack.

“He’s more than fine,” Yu said. “The girl that was riding him said that he had taken two slippy steps coming around the turn when it started to rain over there. The chart said it was fast, but it was raining and pretty muddy on top. She didn’t want to risk anything, so she pulled him up…He’s turned out now at our farm. He’s got a nice little acre paddock.”

As for the future, Yu said Chips All in will likely have the winter off before returning to action in the spring. She explained that the 8-year-old is competing in Idaho because the Hanson family has close sentimental ties to racing in the state. Chips All In is currently trained by Ryan Hanson’s brother, Mark.

“We’re going to go ahead and probably keep him turned out for the winter and then bring him back at the fair next year,” Yu said. “The Idaho racing circuit is Ryan’s family’s home. I think there was a big deal made about us running at Black Foot, but there’s a race at Black Foot named after Ryan’s grandfather. It’s not like we were trying to take him somewhere and hide him. He just needed a little bit of a confidence booster. He was trying hard [in California].”

Yu added that should Chips All In get his confidence back in the spring, a return to racing in Southern California could be in the cards later in 2018.

 

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