The Monday Report for Oct. 14, featuring the timber victories of Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu in Virginia Fall’s $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup and Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic in the $30,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, is now available here. The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MR10-14-19w.pdf
Douglas Reid Small Jr., the champion steeplechase jockey in 1965, suffered an injury while mountain biking with his dog in Fair Hill, Md., and died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 11, surrounded by his wife, four daughters, several grandchildren, and his dog, Otis, laying on the bed with him.
He was the husband of Lori Small, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.
Born in Champagne, Ill., in 1943, Doug was the son of the late horseman Douglas Reid Small and the late Jane Watters Small.
Doug was a man of many talents. He studied and became a Master Naturalist, culminating his lifelong love and passion for all living things. He was an avid fly fisherman, bee keeper, artist, gardener, mountain biker, dog trainer, wood worker, reader, and tinkerer.
He loved the thrill of winning a race, whether on a horse or bicycle, against his children or grandchildren.
Dougie was a steeplechase jockey for many outstanding trainers, including his then father-in-law, W. Burling Cocks, and his uncle Sidney Watters. When Doug left the racing world, he recreated himself as an architect and builder of custom post-and-beam and historic reproduction homes.
Rosbrian Farm’s Caldbeck, who kicked off his 2018 three-year-old championship with a victory in Far Hills’ Gladstone Stakes, has been nominated to a return trip to the New Jersey race course for the $75,000 Harry E. Harris Stakes for four-year-olds. The new stakes race for four-year-olds is one of two notable changes on the Far
Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic overcame a mistake at the last fence of the $30,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup and held off Le Chevalier to win by a length on Saturday. Early pacesetter Grand Manan, who had won the 2016 edition of the 3½-mile Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, held on well to finish third, 6 3/4 lengths
Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu put his superior speed to good use and scored an easy 7¼-length victory Saturday in the Virginia Fall Races’ $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup.
Trained by Leslie Young, the Virginia Gold Cup winner never was asked for a maximum effort by jockey Jack Doyle and pulled away effortlessly from Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday and Blair Wyatt’s Witor over the final quarter-mile of the 3 ¼-mile National Sporting Library.
Super Saturday finished second under Gerard Galligan, and Witor was third under Paul O’Neill. The timber race’s fourth entrant, Kinross Farm’s Just Wait And See, was scratched. Andi’amu ran the distance in 6:59 3/5 on firm turf.
Doyle moved Andi’amu to the lead at the start and established a comfortable two-length advantage over Witor, with Super Saturday close behind in third. Andi’amu galloped under Doyle’s light restraint and put in efficient jumps over the Virginia Fall fences.
Far Hills Races’ $75,000 Peapack Stakes for fillies and mares attracted 11 nominees, including two highly rated competitors who would be making their first Stateside starts for their American owners on Oct. 19. Top Irish trainer Willie Mullins nominated Bruton Street-US’s Pravalaguna, who also was nominated to the Grand National (Gr. 1). The seven-year-old French-bred