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McDermott sends double threat into Canadian Pacing Derby
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - by Greg Gangle, for WEG media

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Campbellville, ON--Trainer Kevin McDermott will be sending out two entries in the solo $50,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination this Saturday (Aug. 28) at Mohawk Racetrack. The New Jersey-based horseman will send out Hypnotic Blue Chip and Blueridge Western.

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Hypnotic Blue Chip, who set a world record in the U.S. Pacing Championship, is half of Kevin McDermott's entry into the lone Canadian Pacing Derby elimination Saturday.

Hypnotic Blue Chip has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favourite and McDermott is very confident in his charge.

"He's been good all year; he's had some bad luck in Tioga (Downs) and got pushed over the track in the Dan Patch but honestly he's shown up to every race and he's just a really good horse," McDermott said.

McDermott decided not to take the bye and go directly into the $800,000 final, but instead race Hypnotic Blue Chip in the elimination instead.

"I've been in five Breeders Crowns and I had the 10 hole three times and the 9 hole twice so I want a good chance to pick my post if I win Saturday night," McDermott said.

The son of Art Major has drawn post 3 for owner Francis Azur and driver Jody Jamieson. The millionaire recently set a world record two starts ago in 1:47.2 in his division of the U.S. Pacing Championship.

Hypnotic Blue Chip's stablemate Blueridge Western has drawn post 8 in the elimination for driver Tim Tetrick.

The winner of $1,235,824 is also owned by Azur and, according to McDermott, the son of Allamerican Ingot is also a threat.

"He's been really coming into his own this past month. The other night at the Meadowlands he jumped a program going into the first turn and made a break, but he was very good in the  U.S. Pacing Championship and he's the complete package," McDermott said.

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