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‘HBC’ A Popular Winner In FFA

Published: January 11, 2014 11:31 pm ET

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The majority of the betting public was on the bandwagon of Hypnotic Blue Chip in Saturday’s $30,000 Free-For-All Handicap at The Meadowlands, and the veteran pacer didn’t disappoint his backers.

The eight-year-old son of Art Major-A Traceofmagic took charge early for driver John Campbell and comfortably cruised to his 34th lifetime victory.

Campbell and Hypnotic Blue Chip took a brief two-hole tuck behind Escape The News who served up an opening quarter clocked in :27. Campbell called on Hypnotic Blue Chip to swoop to the lead in the second quarter, and the pacer cleared to the top without a tussle. He led the field through middle panels of :54.3 and 1:23.2 before summoning up a final quarter of :27.3 to win by a length over Arockin Hanover in 1:51. Escape The News settled for the show dough.

Kevin Mc Dermott trains the career winner of close to $1.8 million for owner Fran Azur of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Despite less-than-perfect weather conditions, the $3,559,673 handle was a 23 percent increase over the $2,890,130 wagered on the same Saturday in 2013.

To view results for Saturday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Results – Meadowlands Racetrack.

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