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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Before they went to post for the weekly trotting feature at Monticello Raceway the Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 22) race appeared to be very competitive, perhaps because post positions were assigned by the racing secretary. Whether that was the redeeming factor or not, the contest was one of the best of the season thus far with five horses across the track at the wire and  literally only one-fifth of a second  separated them.

When the photo finish camera snapped Get Chipped   who was rallying from sixth at the top of the stretch zoomed  by his opponents  just 50 yards from the finish to score  a 2:02.3 victory for driver Jimmy Taggart Jr. The next four finishers  were separated by noses with My Cool Breeze and Mike Merton taking down the  place money and pacesetter Samsawinner finishing a very close third for Jimmy Marohn. SF Sure Thing and Rick Harp were another nose in the rears in fourth place while My Buddy Chimo (Jimmy Marohn, Jr.) was another nose back in fifth place.

As the race got underway  Jimmy Marohn, Jr., with My Buddy Chimo, parked  his dad Jimmy, Sr. and Samsawinner to the quarter pole before letting him go. And when he did  Samsawinner cut soft fractions  (for this caliber trotters)  and when the field reached the third stanza a blanket could have been thrown over the competitors. Samsawinner  came off the final turn in front but  traffic was coming and  five horses rushed to the finish line with Get Chipped  getting up in the final strides. But a camera was needed for the other placings. Although beaten by just a length and a half for all the money,  Crestwood Patriot in rein to Chris McCracken finished sixth.

Get Chipped is trained by Gary Messenger for owners Dr. Scott Leaf and Kenneth Weckstein of Great falls, Va. He paid 7.20 for win.

The co-featured trot went to Eric Prevost’s, The Windsurfer A  and driver  Larry Stallbaum  when they turned back Elvis Blue Chip and Drew Campbell in a time of 2:02.2.

Content to sit back off the pace in fourth position Stallbaum waited until the final turn to mover The Windsurfer A and when he did the trotter  streaked to the lead and coasted home a one-length winner.

It was one of three wins on the card for Stallbaum who also scored behind his own trotter Gotta Be Perfect in 2:00.2 and  with Seth Rosenberg and Noah Daiell’s pacer, Quiet Hero in a 2:01 clocking.