06/20/2012 1:15PM

Hollywood Park: Chips All In using Tsunami Slew as springboard to richer turf stakes

Benoit & Associates
Chips All In is a nose shy of being 3 for 3 on turf in his career.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – For the rest of the year, a majority of the stakes for 3-year-olds in Southern California are on turf, a series that begins with the $68,000 Tsunami Slew Stakes on Friday evening at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The Tsunami Slew, run over a mile, may have a minor prize, but it builds toward three six-figure turf stakes around two turns at Del Mar later this summer.

With those races in mind, the multiple stakes winner Chips All In has been pointed to the Tsunami Slew for weeks. Trained by Jeff Mullins for a partnership, Chips All In has won 5 of 8 starts, and 2 of 3 on turf. The only blemish on that record is a second, by a nose, to Stoney Fleece in the Alcatraz Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Fields on May 12.

Chips All In won the Pasadena Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita in March. In December, Chips All In, by North Light, won his stakes debut on turf in the Eddie Logan Stakes over a mile at Santa Anita. Mullins considered the Alcatraz as a race to keep Chips All In on schedule for the Tsunami Slew.

“We were pointing for this one,” he said. “It was a little too far between races.”

Chips All In will be favored in the Tsunami Slew, which features the stakes winners Tones and Unusual Heatwave and three others who are two-time winners – Boat Trip, Canuletmedowneasy, and Tiz Point.

Tones won the Baffle Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in February, but is winless in his last two starts. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Tones was eighth in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 4.

Unusual Heatwave won the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds on April 28, but was fourth in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap on June 3.

The Tsunami Slew is the stakes debut for Boat Trip and Canuletmedowneasy, who both have won back-to-back starts in maiden races and allowance races.

Boat Trip, trained by Mike Pender, is a closer. Canuletmedowneasy, trained by Mark Glatt, has raced near the front in his two wins, and starts at a mile for the first time.

“He’s got good speed, but it’s controllable speed,” Glatt said. “He lays close because that’s where he puts himself in a race.”


Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
a nice colt,chips; and I've been lucky and made some money with him, but I'm going to pass on this one look for an upset.
james More than 1 year ago
please DO NOT ALLOW idiots to post their STUPID comments ANYMORE!
Phil D More than 1 year ago
Going with Chips all in, Unusual Heat wave and Boat Trip, probably do some box exacta's or tri's in this
Jack More than 1 year ago
If Chips all in is using this Race as a "Springboard" then don't ALLOW the public to BET on him..Horses WORKING-OUT with the publics money IS no good for this sport.Loads of MONEY going in the WRONG direction........And they actually WONDER why this game CONTINUES to DECLINE......................
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Bet out and parlay on this Colt. Four-race win is at hand!