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In time for the Winterthur Races, friends and associates prepared a loving video tribute to George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, the visionary conservationist, philanthropist, artist, and accomplished sportsman who died in late April at the age of 79.
He had long and intimate connections to both Winterthur and the Radnor Hunt Races. A lifelong resident of the Brandywine Valley, he led a carriage parade each year from his home, The Big Bend in Chadds Ford, Pa., to the Winterthur grounds.
In 1967, he and two associates purchased 47 acres of Chadds Ford threatened by industrial development, and that land formed the core of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. The Conservancy is the principal beneficiary of the Radnor races.
A graduate of Yale University, he was a protégé of Andrew Wyeth, a Brandywine Valley resident whose works grace the galleries of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, which opened in 1971.
While Irv Naylor's juggernaut stable still managed to win one race (Jamarjo in the Ratings Handicap) on Saturday's card at the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa., it was trainer Jack Fisher who stole the show with wins in the two stakes, the $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup with Sheila Williams' and Northwoods Stable's Straight To It and the $50,000 National Hunt Cup with Edith Dixon's Schoodic. Paddy Young, who along with Jack Doyle had two wins on the day, was aboard Schoodic for his first since Saratoga 2014. Sean McDermott had the mount on Straight To It, a tough warrior who almost always manages a piece of the purse over timber. Also impressive was Rebecca Sheppard's Curve of Stones, a stunning gray conditioned by David Bourke and ridden by Barry Foley. Curve of Stones won his second straight, this time in an allowance contest, by 1 1/2 lengths over a nice field that included Bob Kinsley's Unsinkable, Welcome Here Farm's Second Amendment, and Noble Stables' Candy Man Can. Tod Marks has the photo recap - TM
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