Chip's Dancer wins by 13 lengths 4th stakes win puts him step closer to Derby berth

April 04, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Chip's Dancer took another step toward a possible starting berth in the Kentucky Derby yesterday by winning the $72,250 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico Race Course by 13 lengths.

It was the fourth stakes victory for the Maryland-bred gelding in two months.

"We will either try the heavyheads next in New York in the Wood Memorial [at Aqueduct, April 17] or we could go straight to the Kentucky Derby (on May 3) with a fresh horse," said trainer Jerry Ferris.

Chip's Dancer stalked pacesetter Dynamic Brush for the first six furlongs, then assumed command rounding the final turn. He veered in towards the rail briefly during the stretch run, but was straightened out by jockey Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner and drew off easily.

Smarten Up Dummy rallied to finish second, 2 1/2 lengths in front of a tiring Dynamic Brush. Chip's Dancer ran the 9 furlongs in 1 minute, 50 2/5 seconds.

It was the first start on Lasix for Chip's Dancer, who had bled after winning the Private Terms Stakes last month. Since Lasix is prohibited at New York tracks, Ferris said he wanted to see how the horse came out of yesterday's race before making a decision about going to the Wood Memorial.

Ferris, 34, has 10 horses in training at Delaware Park. Chip's Dancer is owned by Charles "Chip" Reed, a former marketing executive at Freestate Raceway, who now owns several video stores in the Washington area.

Reed lives in White Hall.

NOTES:Personal Hope, winner of the Santa Anita Derby, was foaled in Kentucky, but was bred by Marylander Allaire duPont, of Chesapeake City. Mrs. duPont sold the horse as a yearling at the Keeneland (Ky.) Summer Sales. . . . Track operator Joe De Francis said plans to start taking multiple-signal simulcasts from out-of-state tracks are still on hold, pending the outcome of the vote on contract revisions with union employees.

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