03/24/2012 12:58PM

Santa Anita: Chips All In leads all the way in Pasadena Stakes


ARCADIA, Calif. – Chips All In ($9.80) won his third stakes in the $74,260 Pasadena Stakes on Friday. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Chips All In led throughout and held off a late threat from 9-1 Tones to win by a neck. Chips All In finished a mile on turf in 1:34.56. Midnight Crooner, the 2-1 favorite, finished third, a length behind Tones in his stakes debut.

Chips All In is trained by Jeff Mullins for a partnership. A colt by North Light, Chips All In has won 5 of 7 starts and $193,600. The Pasadena Stakes was his first start since a seventh in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4. Chips All In was promoted to sixth via disqualification.

Holy Candy to take big class jump in next start

There may still be time for Holy Candy to make a Triple Crown race.

After the highly-promising colt beat maidens in his fourth career start on Friday, trainer John Sadler said a start in a major stakes in April will be considered. He said races such as the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14, and Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 21 were possibilities.

Holy Candy ($3) closed from fourth in a field of five with a strong rush on the outside to win the one-mile race by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:35.98. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84.

“He wants to sit off a horse,” Sadler said. “He’ll have no problems with distance.

“We’ll look at something. He can run on both synthetic and dirt.”

The Santa Anita Derby is run on a conventional dirt surface, while the Keeneland races are run on a Polytrack synthetic surface. In his career debut last November, Holy Candy was second in a maiden race on a synthetic track at Hollywood Park. He was second in maiden races around two turns at Santa Anita in January and early March before his breakthrough win on Friday.

By Candy Ride, Holy Candy is co-owned by Jenny Craig and Donkey Island Racing, a partnership that includes Drew Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.

Sister Moon to target Railbird Stakes

Sadler was already having a successful day when Holy Candy won.

In the second race, an allowance race for 3-year-olds fillies, Sister Moon won her 3-year-old debut over six furlongs. The win will lead to a start in the $100,000 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park on May 19.

In Friday’s allowance race, Sister Moon ($2.20) fought with Woebegon through a quick pace of 21.22 and 43.53 seconds before pulling away to win by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:08.80. Woebegon faded to finish third behind the European import Hidden Passion.