Chasing in Focus
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Not only does leading owner Irv Naylor have America's top steeplechaser in his stable, but he also has one of top timber stars. Ebanour, making his fourth start of the year, picked up his third win, in the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in Unionville on Sunday for trainer Cyril Murphy and jockey Darren Nagle. Earlier this year, the 9-year-old Irish-bred took the My Lady's Manor and Virginia Gold Cup. Prior to that, he closed out 2015 with a win in the NJ Hunt Cup at Far Hills. In the PHC, Ebanour was a nearly 4-length victor over Drift Society. The 4-race card also featured the Lewis Ledyard maiden timber, won by Naylor's Henry San (also trained by Murphy and ridden by Nagle); the Arthur O. Choate Memorial timber allowance, captured by Gordonsdale Farm's Canyon Road (trained by Chris Kolb, ridden by Jeff Murphy); and the Athenian Idol training flat race, in which Rusty Jones' and Jonathan Sheppard's Lawn Ranger romped under Keri Brion Wolfsont. Lawn Ranger has a fascinating back story. He was a horse with a promising future and actually ran in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf before his career cut short by injury. Now he's back on track in his second career as a potential jumper. Tod Marks has the photo recap - tm
On a day that saw trainer Jack Fisher sweep the jump-race card at Callaway Gardens, jockey Paddy Young achieved an equally jaw-dropping feat, winning four races at the historic Montpelier Hunt Races at President James Madison's home in Virginia. With the victories, Young moved to within two of leading rider by wins, Kieran Norris. Three of Young's victories came for owner Michael A. Smith, including Cul Baire (trained by Jimmy Day) in the featured $35,000 Noel Laing. Young has one mount in Sunday's Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races, while Norris has two, and Sean McDermott, also contending for the title, has three. Ross Geraghty, another rider in the thick of things, has one ride. Douglas Lees has the photo recap Montpelier - tod marks
Just three days before Halloween, it seemed more like summer in Saratoga than Aiken in autumn, but the racing was hot as the weather as Leslie and Paddy Young unveiled one of their newest acquisitions in Polstar, a 7-year-old French-bred son of Poliglote. With 41 races and seven wins in Europe under his belt, Polstar -- owned by Amy Taylor Rowe -- won at first asking in the U.S., taking the featured $20,000 Holiday Cup Ratings handicap by 1 1/2 lengths over Irv Naylor's Stormy Alex. Tod Marks recaps the six-race card.