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Opus Blue Chip Best At Plainridge

Published: November 25, 2020 8:08 pm ET

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A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each.

In the District 9 special event “The Brown”, Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge from Simply Susational N (Ron Cushing) and held off a late stretch run by Biggie (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a quarter length in 1:53.4.

It was the third win of the year for Opus Blue Chip ($5.40) who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson.

Then in the five-year-old and under condition, Whata Foolbelieves (Matty Athearn) got away third at the quarter but pulled at that point and took command by the half in :55.2. Right there Touch Of Character (Steve Wilson) pulled alongside and started to match strides with the leader. The two paced in tandem to three-quarters and around the far turn where Whata Foolbelieves took command by a length and held off late rushes from three closers to win by a quarter length in 1:53.3.

It was also the third win of the year for Whata Foolbelieves ($3.00) and owners Joan Harmon, Normand St. Clair and Michael Foley. Gretchen Athearn does the training.

Team Graffam had a big day at The Ridge as Nick Graffam had a driving triple and Mike Graffam had a training double to lead all horsemen in their respective categories.

There is no racing on Thanksgiving Thursday (Nov. 26) but live harness racing will resume for the last time in 2020 on Friday (Nov. 27) at 1:00 p.m. Plainridge has announced that Friday’s Hi-5 wager -- which is offered in race six -- will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program.

The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park.

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