Two of the year’s top timber horses, Irv Naylor’s Ebanour and Armata Stables’ Cornhusker, will face off Saturday in the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, the signature race of the 17th annual Races at Shawan Downs.
The eight-race program of timber, hurdle, and flat races attracted strong entries and highly competitive fields. First post time at the Hunt Valley, Md., course is 1 p.m.
The Legacy Chase kicks off a busy fall timber racing lineup, and the 3 1/8-mile contest attracted a bulging field of timber veterans and a few newcomers.
Ebanour very nearly was undefeated in his two races this spring. He won the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup on May 6 and came back two weeks later to finish first by a nose in the Radnor Hunt Cup. But he was found to have impeded Mystic Strike and was placed second.
Trained by Cyril Murphy, multiple timber stakes winner Ebanour will be ridden by Gus Dahl. He enters the Legacy Chase as the leading earner on the 2017 timber standings with $65,400.
Not far behind him at $52,500 is Cornhusker, who scored his third victory in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial on May 13. Trained by Alicia Murphy, Cornhusker also won the Middleburg Hunt Cup in his 2017 debut and tightened for the Mason Houghland with a second in the Winterthur Bowl on May 7.
Leading trainer Jack Fisher entered Gil Johnston’s Syros and Straight to It, owned by Sheila Williams and Northwoods Stables. Syros won the C. P. and Edith DeBose Cup, a timber allowance at the Carolina Cup on April 1, and finished second in the Mason Hougland. Sean McDermott will ride.
Straight to It will be making his first start since finishing third in last year’s Legacy Chase. An easy winner of the 2016 Radnor Hunt Cup, Straight to It will be ridden by Brett Owings.
Kieran Norris, the reigning champion jockey, returns to action after a fall at Radnor to ride Four Virginia Gents’ Worried Man, who finished fourth in the Mason Houghland for trainer Doug Fout.
Here is the field for the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase in post-position order.
Class Cherokee. 2010 dk. b. or br. g., Cherokee Boy—Class Excells, by Class Secret. Owner: Jacqueline Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: McLane Hendriks. Breeder: Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud (Va). 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $9,000. 2016 record: 4-0-0-1, $13,050. 2015 record; 4-1-0-0, $17,500. Won his timber debut in Foxfield Spring’s 2017 Grover Vandevender Memorial maiden race, then was pulled up in Iroquois’ Mason Houghland Memorial. Finished third in 2016 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase, then sixth in Marcellus Frost Novice Stakes at Iroquois Steeplechase and fourth in Far Hills ratings handicap.
Cornhusker (GB). 2007 b. g., Dynaformer–Nebraska Tornado, by Storm Cat. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Jockey: Open. Breeder: Juddmonte Farms (GB). 2017 record: 3-2-1-0, $52,500. 2016 record: 2-0-0-0, $4,500. 2015 record: 4-2-0-0, $66,250. Won 2017 Mason Houghland Memorial, his third win in the Iroquois timber stakes, after 2014 and 2015. Ran a confident race in the 2017 Middleburg Hunt Cup and won by 5 3/4 lengths, then finished second in the Winterthur Bowl. Finished fourth in 2016 International Gold Cup.
Ebanour (Ire). 2007 ch. g., Indian Ridge—Ebadilya, by Sadler’s Wells. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Gus Dahl. Breeders: Aga Khan’s Studs (Ire). 2017 record: 2-1-1-0-, $65,400. 2016 record: 4-3-0-0, $78,000. 2015 record: 2-1-1-0, $31,800. Kicked off 2017 campaign with repeat win in Virginia Gold Cup, then was disqualified to second from win in Radnor Hunt Cup. Also won 2016 My Lady’s Manor and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Won 2015 New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Naturally Won. 2012 gr. or ro. g., Afleet Alex—Cateleisha, by Smoke Glacken. Owner: Northwood Stables. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeders: Anthony Mitola and Keith Leonard (N.Y.) 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $11,750. 2016 record: 4-1-0-0, $10,000. Won maiden timber victory at 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was fourth in Queen’s Cup timber allowance and Willowdale Steeplechase.
Ride Away. 2011 b. g., Candy Ride (Arg)—East Hampton, by Meadowlake. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Katherine Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Pin Oak Stud (Ky.) 2017 record: 3-1-1-0, $12,300. Easily won 2017 Winterthur amateur allowance timber allowance before second in similar race at Willowdale.
Class Indian. 2007 gr. or ro. g., Waquoit—Class Story, by Class Secret. Owner: Jeremy A. Batoff. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Justin Batoff. Breeder: Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud (Va.). 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $12,450. 2016 record: 3-1-0-1, $14,000. 2015 record: 4-1-0-2, $14,000. Won 2017 John D. Schapiro amateur apprentice timber race at My Lady’s Manor, then was fourth in Grand National’s Western Run Plate and second in Winterthur amateur apprentice timber allowance. Pulled up in 2016 Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois Steeplechase. Won 2016 Queen’s Cup timber allowance after third in Carolina Cup’s C. P. and Edith Wills DuBose Cup for second straight year.
Canyon Road. 2009 ch. g., Service Stripe—Observe, by Patton. Owner: Gordonsdale Farm. Trainer: Christopher Kolb. Jockey: Jeff Murphy. Breeder: Gordonsdale Farm (W.Va.) 2017 record: 3-0-1-0, $6,600. 2016 record: 5-2-0-1, $25,250. 2015 record: No starts. Finished fifth in 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup. Opened 2017 season with second in Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was pulled up in Virginia Gold Cup. Finished fourth in Virginia Fall’s 2016 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, then won timber allowance at Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
Worried Man. 2007 b. g., Dynaformer—Mystic Lady, by Thunder Gulch. Owner: Four Virginia Gents. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Lee Lewis (Ky.) 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $2,500. 2016 record: No starts. Finished fourth in 2017 Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois. In first start in almost three years, lost his rider in Middleburg Spring’s Alfred M. Hunt Steeplechase.
Straight to It. 2006 ch. g., Giant’s Causeway—Helsinka (Fr), by Pennekamp. Owners: Sheila J. Williams and Northwoods Stable. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Brett Owings Breeder: Thierry Grandsir (Ky.). 2016 record: 4-1-1-1, $30,900. 2015 record: 4-1-1-1, $36,600. Won 2016 Radnor Hunt Cup after fourth in Virginia Gold Cup, then was third in Shawan’s Legacy Chase. Won Virginia Fall’s 2015 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup by seven lengths. Disqualified from victory in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup. Won the 2012 New Jersey Hunt Cup at Far Hills.
Rodriguez (Ire). 2007 dk. b. or br. g., High Chapparal (Ire)—Sofia Aurora, by Chief Honcho. Owner: Kiplin Hall. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Michael G. Daly (Ire). 2017 record: 2-0-0-1, $2,500. 2016 record: 3-1-1-0, $12,700. Finished third in 2017 Winterthur Bowl after fall in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. After second at 2016 Shawan Downs meet, won timber maiden at Virginia Fall before fifth at Steeplechase at Callaway in November.
Syros. 2008 b. g., Dynaformer—Meridiana (Ger), by Lomitas (GB). Owner: Gil Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeders: Jon and Sarah Kelly (Ky.) 2017 record: 4-1-1-1, $14,000. 2016 record: 5-0-1-1, $11,400. 2015 record: 7-1-1-1, $81,750. Finished second in 2017 Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois before fifth in Fair Hill novice timber. In 2017 debut, won Carolina Cup’s C. P. and Edith DuBose Cup, then was third in Queen’s Cup timber allowance.