02/06/2005 12:00AM

Nitro Chip takes $200,000 Championship

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Nitro Chip ($18.80) pulls an upset in the $200,000 Championship at Delta Downs on Saturday.

Nitro Chip pulled the biggest upset of Louisiana Premiere Night at Delta Downs on Saturday night when he won the program's richest stakes, the , over favorite Witt Ante and paid $18.80. The Championship was one of six stakes for Louisiana-breds, and the stakes, coupled with four starter races for statebreds, made for total purses of $1 million.

Nitro Chip raced in fourth early in the Championship, overtook Witt Ante in the stretch, and went on to a one and three-quarter length win. It was another six and three-quarter lengths back in third to Meteor Impact. Nitro Chip covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast track in 1:45.86. Steve Bourque rode the winner for trainer Samuel Breaux. Nitro Chip earned $120,000 for the win, which was his eighth from 14 starts. He has now earned $352,640. Nitro Chip is a 4-year-old son of Finest Hour and he races for Emmitt Pickett.

Destiny Calls ($3.40) defended her title in the $150,000 Distaff, when she tracked Legs O' Neal through six furlongs in 1:13.62, then overtook her for a three-quarter length win in the one-mile race for fillies and mares. Destiny Calls covered the distance in 1:40.81. She earned $90,000 for the win, and overall has a record of 10 wins in 15 starts for earnings of $446,970. Robby Albarado rode Destiny Calls for Vickie Krantz and trainer Gary Palmisano.

Albarado won two other stakes on the card. He guided Crimson Stag ($2.80) to a two and three-quarter length win in the $125,000 Prince for 3-year-olds. Crimson Stag closed from next to last in the seven furlong race, which was run around two turns, covering the distance in 1:28.21. Dallas Stewart trains the winner for West Point Thoroughbreds.

Albarado also won the $125,000 Starlet for 3-year-old fillies aboard Sweet Macaroni ($13.80), who was close throughout for a two-length win over Indigo Girl. Troy Young trains the winner for Five Star Stables.

Young had a stakes double on the card, winning the $100,000 Sprint with Lac Laronge ($9.20). Lonnie Meche rode the winner, who stalked pacesetter Honey Hit and was up for a three-quarter length win over Believe Im Special. Lac Laronge races for Valene Farms.

In the first stakes of the night, Where Is My Daddy ($11.80) overtook pacesetter Kylers Midge past the three-eighths pole in the $100,000 Matron and went on to a three and a quarter length win over Crypto Em. Carlos Gonzalez rode the winner for the partnership of Terry Bailey and James Donnan and trainer Cole Norman.

* The $25,000 guaranteed pick 4, which was made up of the Prince, Sprint, Starlet and Championship, paid $2,205.80. The winning numbers were 8-3-8-4.

* Handle on the program was $1,875,219.