Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course’s $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths on Thursday. The 2 3/8-mile Mrs. Jeffords for fillies and mares, the final steeplechase race of the current Saratoga meet, provided a second straight victory for Racing Hall of Fame member Sheppard, who had won Wednesday’s $65,000 allowance hurdle with Rodman W. Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose. The Saratoga finale also marked the successful comeback of jockey Darren Nagle, who had sustained a broken leg in a training accident in March….
Always in contention, Rodman W. Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose glided to the lead on the final run down Saratoga Race Course’s homestretch, rocketed over the last fence, and drew away powerfully to a 14 1/4-length victory in Wednesday’s $65,000 allowance hurdle. The Fields Stable’s Wanganui set the pace until All the Way Jose took command and easily held second, 3 1/4 lengths clear of The Elkstone Group’s Albany Road. Casual Creeper, owned by Magalen O. Bryant and trainer Jimmy Day, finished fourth in a field of nine. A close second in a Saratoga allowance hurdle on Aug. 6,…
Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, narrowly second in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), jumped into the thick of the 2014 championship battle with a highly professional half-length victory in Saratoga Race Course’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) on Monday. Rescheduled from last Thursday because of inclement weather conditions, the New York Turf Writers was run in memory of Tom Voss, a leading steeplechase horseman who died in January. Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Robbie Walsh, Demonstrative collected his second win in the New York Turf Writers, after claiming Saratoga’s richest steeplechase race in 2012, and…
Chasing in Focus
Game. Set. “Match.”
Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match, a relative newcomer to the filly/mare hurdle division, turned the tables on rival Cat Feathers, winner of the Mrs Ogden Phipps earlier this month, in Thursday's $75,000 Mrs. Walter Jeffords Stakes. The race, the Saratoga steeplechase finale, also gave top jock Darren Nagle, sidelined for months with a broken leg, his first riding victory of the year. Here are the photo highlights - tod marks (www.todmarks.photoshelter.com)