Chick N Tell still a dark horseJanuary 18, 2008,
by Karen Briggs, WEG media
Toronto, ON — He’s turned in five wins in as many starts on the Woodbine oval this winter, but trainer and co-owner Steve Doyle says 6-year-old Chick N Tell still “doesn’t get any respect.”
“His last start, he was the heavy favorite, but other than that, he’s almost always been overlooked,” he says. “He’s been a really good horse the last while, and he’s shown he can go with them.”
Despite definitive victories in the first two legs of the Glorys Comet Trotting series for 4-year-olds and up, Chick N Tell is listed as the morning line second choice, at 3-1, for the C$86,000 final on Saturday night, Jan. 19. Armbro Continental, who made a break in the series opener and finished 11th, and didn’t appear in the second leg, is the 2-1 favorite.
“Armbro Continental is a very nice horse,” Doyle acknowledges, “but I like Chick N Tell’s chances.
“He raced the B tracks in 2006 and he made C$45 or C$50,000. We thought we had a nice horse then, and he’s been maturing, so last year we made the decision to race him at WEG, and it turns out we’ve got a really nice horse.”
The son of Glory B River-Power Chickette doesn’t stand to benefit particularly from his number two post position on Saturday night.
“With his style of racing it doesn’t really matter whether we have an inside post,” Doyle says. “He doesn’t really like the rail. He likes to come from off the pace. But from the two hole, it will be easier to follow Armbro Continental out, and then maybe leave him behind in the stretch.”
To see whether Chick N Tell can deliver the series sweep and finally get some respect, catch race five on Woodbine’s Saturday night card. Post time is 8:54 p.m.