The Fields Stable’s New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) winner Bob Le Beau will carry the 154-pound highweight when he meets seven opponents in Thursday’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) at Belmont Park.
Trained by Elizabeth Voss, Bob Le Beau stands atop the National Steeplechase Association’s earnings table after his 7 1/4-length victory in Saratoga Race Course’s premier jump race. The Irish-bred had won the Radnor Hunt Races’ National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) in May. Jack Doyle will ride.
Second in the weights at 150 pounds is Gregory Hawkins’ Alajmal, a Grade 1 winner who came back from a long layoff to finish fifth in the New York Turf Writers on Aug. 27. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot named Bernie Dalton to ride.
Irv Naylor will seek to maintain his place atop the owner rankings with the pairing of Charminster and newly imported Dawalan. Charminster finished third in the New York Turf Writers, and Dawalan is a multiple handicap winner in England. Both are trained by Cyril Murphy. Ross Geraghty rides Dawalan, and Darren Nagle will be aboard Charminster.
Dawalan shares the 146-pound assignment with Sonny Via’s Hinterland, who made his U.S. debut with a seventh-place finish in the New York Turf Writers. Sean McDermott rides Hinterland for trainer Jack Fisher, who also will send out Gil Johnston’s Syros, sixth in the New York Turf Writers.
Paddy Young, currently atop the jockey standings by wins, will ride Syros, who carries 140 pounds.
Two steeplechase horses claimed out of Saratoga optional allowance hurdles will face the starter in the Lonesome Glory. Owner-trainer David Jacobson’s All Together was fourth in the New York Turf Writers before a third in an optional allowance hurdle on Sept. 2. Willie McCarthy has the mount.
Diplomat, claimed from a victory in the Sept. 2 race, will make his first start for Newman Racing. Trainer Charlton Baker named Robbie Walsh to ride Diplomat, the Carolina Cup winner who carries 144 pounds in the 2 1/2-mile Lonesome Glory.
Here is the field in post-position order for the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1), named for the Racing Hall of Fame member who won five Eclipse Awards in the 1990s.
Hinterland (Fr). 2008 b. g., Poliglote (GB)—Queen’s Place, by Diamond Prospect. Owner: Harold A. “Sonny” Via Jr. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Eric Aubree and Christian Bresson (Fr). 2015 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $0. In American debut, ran seventh in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) on Aug. 27. Finished third in Tingle Creek Steeplechase at Sandown.
Bob Le Beau (Ire). 2007 dk. b. or. br. g., Big Bad Bob—Shine Silently, by Bering (GB). Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Anamoine Ltd. (Ire). 2015 record: 4-3-0-0, $141,250. 2014 record: 4-0-1-0, $9,450. Scored runaway victory in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) on Aug. 27 after fourth in Saratoga’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on Aug. 6. Opened 2015 with win in National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) at Radnor Hunt Races in suburban Philadelphia on May 16 and won Parx flat race for hurdlers on July 12.
Alajmal. 2008 b. g., First Samurai—Alattrah, by Shadeed. Owner: Gregory D. Hawkins. Trainer: Janet Elliot. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. Breeder: Shadwell Farm (Ky.) 2015 record: 1-0-0-0, $6,000. 2014 NSA record: No starts. In first race in 14 months, finished fifth in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1). Bookended his 2013 season with victories in the Carolina Cup and Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1).
Dawalan. 2010 gr. or ro. g., Azamour (Ire)—Daltawa, by Miswaki. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: Aga Khan Studs (Fr). 2015 NSA record: No starts. Accomplished handicap hurdler was overwhelmed in two handicap stakes at Cheltenham and Aintree this past spring before being imported.
Charminster (Ire). 2006 b. g., Broadway Flyer—Monteleena, by Montelimar. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Raymond Cahalane (Ire). 2015 record: 4-1-0-2, $49,500. 2014 record: 2-0-1-0, $11,700. Finished third in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) on Aug. 27. Won Ratings Handicap at Iroquois Steeplechase on May 11 before third to Bob Le Beau in Parx flat race for hurdlers on July 12.
Syros. 2008 b. g., Dynaformer—Meridiana (Ger), by Lomitas (GB). Owner: Gil Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Paddy Young. Breeders: Jon and Sarah Kelly (Ky.) 2015 record: 4-1-1-0, $66,750. 2014 NSA record: 9-2-3-2, $90,600. Finished sixth in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) on Aug. 27. Won Iroquois Steeplechase’s Marcellus Frost Novice Stakes before fourth in Saratoga’s Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes. Finished a closing second in the 2015 Carolina Cup. Closed out 2014 with second-place finishes in the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle and AFLAC Supreme Hurdle. Had a win and third in Saratoga allowance hurdles last year.
Diplomat. 2009 b. g., Kitten’s Joy—Waki Affair, by Miswaki. Owner: Newman Racing. Trainer: Charlton Baker. Jockey: Robbie Walsh. Breeders: Ken and Sarah Ramsey (Ky.) 2015 record: 5-2-0-0, $95,000. 2014 NSA record: No starts. Claimed from victory in Saratoga optional allowance hurdle on Sept. 2. Led at last in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on Aug. 6 and faded to finish sixth, beaten 4 1/14 lengths. Began 2015 season with half-length victory in $75,000 Carolina Cup for novices, then finished fifth in David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) at Virginia Gold Cup on May 2 and fourth in Parx Racing flat race for hurdlers on July 12. Bred by champion owners-breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey and is a full brother to stakes-placed Kitten Love.
All Together. 2005 b. g., Danzig–Unify, by Farma Way. Owner-trainer: David Jacobson. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. Breeder: Jayeff B Stables (Ky.). 2015 record: 6-0-2-2, $38,750. 2014 record: 7-1-3-0, $62,000. Classy, consistent Danzig gelding was claimed by New York flat trainer from an Aug. 5 optional allowance hurdle for $30,000 and spun right back with fourth in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) and a third in a Saratoga optional allowance hurdle on Sept. 2. Won Virginia Fall’s 2014 W. Gary Baker Memorial, then finished second in International Gold Cup’s David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3).