Two of steeplechase racing’s top female competitors, Sarah Joyce and One Lucky Lady, will meet on the race course for a second time this month in the Fair Hill Races’ new stakes race, the $50,000 Irish Ann Coggins Memorial, on Saturday.
The 2 1/4-mile race over National Fences will anchor a nine-race program at the Northern Maryland race course. All nine races—two on the flat, one over timber fences, and the remainder over National Fences—have packed fields, with waiting lists for three of them.
First post time is 1 p.m., and pari-mutuel wagering will be offered on all races.
The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce and Irv Naylor’s One Lucky Lady met in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley Stakes on May 13, and Sarah Joyce definitely got the better of that contest.
Ridden by Jack Doyle, Sarah Joyce drew away to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the Henley, her second win of the season after defeating males in a Queen’s Cup ratings handicap. One Lucky Lady set the Henley’s early pace but wilted under pressure and finished third.
One Lucky Lady will be seeking to regain the peak form of her 2015 and 2016 seasons. The British-bred mare won Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes in 2015 and the Henley the following spring.
Doyle will again ride Sarah Joyce for trainer Elizabeth Voss, and Sean McDermott will be aboard One Lucky Lady for trainer Cyril Murphy.
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Radnor Recap: Jamarjo springs upset in National Hunt Cup; Ebanour DQ’d in timber stake
Saturday's Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa., had a little bit of everything. Chills, thrills, upsets and, unfortunately, several spills. In the featured $50,000 National Hunt Cup hurdle, Irv Naylor's Jamarjo, winless since the 2016 Radnor meet, defeated a strong field that included classy runners Portrade, Special Skills, Schoodic, and Alajmal, for trainer Cyril Murphy and Irish jockey Graham Watters, who just arrived from Europe. Watters was named the meet's leading riding after also capturing the James Moran Ratings Handicap aboard Alex and Stephanie Leventhal's Invocation for trainer Leslie Young. Young also trained Michael Smith's Mercouer to victory in the Vita Thompson allowance hurdle, with husband, Paddy, in the saddle. Paddy Young was seriously injured in the following race, the $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup, following a spill involving Stewart Strawbridge's Kings Apollo. As of Tuesday morning, Paddy was resting comfortably and doctors are hopeful for a full recovery. In the race itself, Naylor's timber Ace, Ebanour crossed the wire first, by a nose, but was DQ'd for impeding Upland Partners' Mystic Strike (Ricky Hendriks, Mark Beecher). In other action, Bob Kinsley's Al broke his maiden by nearly 7 lengths in the Milfern Cup Sport of Kings, a race in which jockey Kieran Norris was also hurt, though he's on a long, slow mend; Bruton Street-US' Bishop's Castle captured the Henry Collins maiden claimer (Todd Wyatt, Willie McCarthy), and Welcome Here Farm's Amazing Anthem scored in the finale, the $20,000 filly & mare maiden hurdle (Elizabeth Merryman, Darren Nagle). Tod Marks has the recap.