Blue Chip Sale Horses and Partnerships Flourish on the Track
To say 2018 has been a heck of a year for Blue Chip Thoroughbreds would be an understatement. Blue Chip’s sales have gone through the roof and, to make matters even better, the athletes they are selling are tearing up the race track.
Early in the year, Insta Irma and Kathy’s Song, two graded stakes fillies, were running strong in top-quality races. Kathy’s Song won a stakes race at Golden Gate, then followed that up with a strong 3rd in the Grade 1 American Oaks. Insta Irma won a restricted stakes at Santa Anita, then hit the board in the Matriarch. In both cases, the horses who were owned in partnership with Medallion Racing had trouble or the outcomes could have been much better.
Blue Chip sold their shares in the fillies this Spring. To highlight the buy, Insta Irma circled them at Kentucky Downs this summer to win for $500,000.
As summer approached, there started to be rumblings that a filly Blue Chip sold, Angel of Mischief, had a chance to be special. Certainly Blue Chip thought that in the summer of 2017 when they bought the filly back at the Paddock Sale at Del Mar for $120,000.
They had to know the filly was special when she worked :47.2 for a half mile at Del Mar as a two year old, one of the fastest two year old workout times in four years. But, as fate would have it, the night before the Paddock Sale, x-rays showed the filly had a small chip in her ankle. So, Blue Chip hung on to her, did surgery to remove the chip, then gave the filly some time to recover.
And recover she did.
Brought back into training earlier this year, Angel of Mischief, another fabulous filly from outstanding sire Into Mischief, finished second, beaten an inch in her first start at Ellis Park. Knowing he was sitting on something special, trainer Norman Casse chose to run the filly on the grass at Kentucky Downs in July. The end result? A three length victory for $150,000. That effort was followed up by an impressive Allowance score at Keeneland. Three races; three outstanding efforts; three talent laden fields. Needless to say, big things are on the horizon for Angel of Mischief.
Another horse to look out for is the two year old colt Frolic More. By More Than Ready, the colt was bought at Keeneland, then sold as a two year old in training. In his second start, he was sent off at even money at Churchill Downs. But, racing luck bit him in the hind end as he reared at the start, giving the field 6 lengths. It is what he did after the start that has everyone so excited. Spotting the field plenty of lengths, Frolic More, stuck on the rail in the #1 hole, exploded through a small opening to just miss by a half of length. His second place effort caught everyone’s attention though because it was a superior effort by a horse with superior talent. Expect big things from him in the weeks to come.
Partners during the past two seasons include Medallion Racing, Taylor Made Farm’s racing arm in Kentucky, McCauley Farm, Glencrest Farm and John Greathouse III, Tom Mansor and Cabo Tom Racing, former San Francisco 49er quarterback Dennis Morris, Richie Baltas Racing, trainer Jeff Metz, Steve Anderson, Jimmy Marsh, Rebecca Patchen, and Gallop Out Racing.