Chips All In, the Utah-owned thoroughbred who ran in the $1 million Breeders Cup Turf Sprint last fall, has been retired.
A five-year-old son of 2004 Epsom Derby winner North Lite, Chips All In ends his career with seven wins and seven second-place finishes in 21 starts. The Kentucky-bred colt earned over $450,000 for owners Dan Valdez, Jean Everest, John O’Brien and Michelle Turpin.
Link to Chips All In’s victory in the 2013 San Simeon Stakes:
The decision to retire Chips All In came after the horse suffered a minor injury during a June 26 workout at Santa Anita.
"He’s done more than we ever thought he would and we want to do what’s right by him," Valdez said. "... He carried Utah’s banner in the Breeders Cup. We’re just extremely proud of what this little horse accomplished."
Chips All In’s first major victory came in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park near Denver in 2011.
As a three-year-old under trainer Jeff Mullins, Chips All In won the $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita after finishing sixth to eventual Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another in the Robert Lewis Stakes.
During his four-year-old campaign, Chips All In won the Eddie D. Stakes and the San Simeon Stakes -- two Grade 3 races on the turf at Santa Anita. In the $100,000 San Simeon, Chips All In rallied in the stretch to defeat Obviously, an Irish-bred gelding who has earned over $1.3 million in a 20-race career.
In the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint last November, Chips All In went off as the 7-to-1 fourth-choice in the worldwide wagering. He ended up ninth but finished only 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Mizdirection.
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