To celebrate its 85th anniversary running, the Fair Hill Spring Races will offer a two-day doubleheader, with a twilight racing program on Friday and its traditional pari-mutuel program of Saturday featuring the $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial and the $40,000 Valentine Memorial.
First post time for the Friday program is 4 p.m., and admission is free. The six-race Saturday program kicks off at 1 p.m. Pari-mutuel wagering will be offered only on Saturday.
Friday’s card will feature two timber races, highlighted by a bulging field for a $25,000 race for novices, or horses new to timber racing. Heading a field of 13 for the three-mile race is Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic, a graded stakes winner over hurdles who already has won his two timber starts.
The nine-year-old Tiznow gelding won the John Rush Streett timber maiden at My Lady’s Manor on April 13 and then dominated the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial by 16¾ lengths on May 11. Leading trainer Jack Fisher, the owner’s son, tapped top jockey Michael Mitchell to ride.
Fisher also will saddle Hyggelig Haven’s Political Theatre, winner of the other maiden division, named in memory of Racing Hall of Fame trainer Tom Voss. Hadden Frost has the mount.
Trainer Leslie Young will send out Fat Chance Farm’s Flaming Sword for his second sanctioned career start. In his initial U.S. race, the five-year-old Irish-bred won a Grand National timber allowance by 6¾ lengths. Aaron Sinnott will ride.
Nancy A. Reed’s homebred Awesome Adrian was awesome in winning a Willowdale Steeplechase maiden timber race by 17¼ lengths on May 12 after finishing third to Schoodic in the John Rush Streett division. Eddie Keating will ride for trainer Kathy Neilson.
Hurdle horses take the stage on Saturday, and The Fields Stable will have the horses to beat in the Iris Coggins Memorial for fillies and mares.
- To celebrate its 85th anniversary running, the Fair Hill Spring Races will offer a two-day doubleheader, with a twilight racing program on Friday and its traditional pari-mutuel program of Saturday featuring the $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial and the $40,000 Valentine Memorial. First post time for the Friday program is 4 p.m., and admission is free...
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Bruton Street-US' 2017 Eclipse-award winner made a smashing comeback in his second start after a long injury layoff by capturing the spring's biggest prize, the $150,000 Iroquois at Percy Warner Park in Nashville on May 11 by a length over a very game Surprising Soul from the Ricky Hendriks barn. The victory was one of two for Bruton Street, whose Lord Justice took the Bright Hour Ratings Handicap. Other stars were Dolly Fisher's Schoodic in the Mason Houghland timber allowance; KMSN Stable's Sportswear in the Green Pastures allowance hurdle; Riverdee Stable's City Dreamer in the prestigious Marcellus Frost novice stakes; Jonathan Sheppard's Wigwam Baby in the Margaret Currey Henley filly & mare stakes; and George Mahoney's Markham in the Sloan maiden hurdle for international stars trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Davy Russell. Tod Marks has the recap.