Bruton Street-US’s 2016 timber champion Two’s Company and 2018 Winterthur Bowl victor Kings Apollo are among the nominees to the 41st edition of the $41,000 Winterthur Bowl on Sunday, May 5.
The racing program at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Delaware is scheduled to offer three timber races, highlighted by the 3¼-mile Winterthur Bowl, and a training flat race. First post time is 2 p.m.
Two’s Company reigned as the timber champion in 2016 with a strong fall campaign that included victories in Shawan Downs’ Legacy Chase and Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup.
He made two unplaced starts in 2017 and came back for a four-race campaign last year that culminated with a victory in the New Jersey Hunt Cup at the Far Hills Races in October. The Irish-bred 10-year-old opened his 2019 campaign with a third-place finish in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 20.
Jack Fisher, who trains Two’s Company, also nominated Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay, the 2017 My Lady’s Manor winner who missed the 2018 season and returned with a third-place finish in the My Lady’s Manor on April 13.
Sanna Neilson trains Stewart Strawbridge’s Kings Apollo, who drew away to a 5¾-length victory in the 40th edition of the Winterthur Bowl. He finished second to Two’s Company in the New Jersey Hunt Cup and opened 2019 with a fourth-place finish in the Middleburg Hunt Cup.
Mark Beecher, a premier amateur timber jockey who is building his training portfolio, nominated Boogie Biz, owned by Happenstance Stable and Michael A. Beecher. Boogie Biz opened his 2019 season with a fifth-place finish in the Grand National’s Western Run Place on April 20.
Beck’s Bad Boy missed the 2018 season and is preparing a comeback for owner Ivy Hill Stable and trainer Alicia Murphy. The 8-year-old won a Shawan Downs maiden timber race in his final 2017 start.
Here are the nominees to the $41,000 Winterthur Bowl in alphabetical order.
Beck’s Bad Boy. 2011 b. g., Oratory—Hey Up There, by Cormorant. Owner: Ivy Hill Stable. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Breeders: Country Life Farm and Thomas Finacchio (Pa.) 2018 record: No starts. 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $14,050. Won a 2017 timber maiden at Shawan Downs before missing the 2018 season.
Boogie Biz. 2019 b. g., Nobiz Like Showbiz—My Dance, by Rhythm. Owner: Happenstance Stable and Michael A. Beecher. Trainer: Mark Beecher. Breeder: Charles W. Walters Jr. and Elizabeth J. Volando (Md.) 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $400. 2018 record: 4-0-1-0, $9,400. 2017 record: 3-1-2-0, $24,900. 2016 record: 2-0-1-0, $2,700. Finished fifth in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. Competed in steeplethons in 2018, and best performance was a second at the Virginia Gold Cup. Won 2017 Fair Hill novice timber.
Kings Apollo (GB). 2009 b. g., King’s Theater (Ire)—Temple Dancer, by Magic Ring. Owner: Stewart Strawbridge. Trainer: Sanna Neilson. Breeders: M. Watt and Executors of Miss J. John (GB). 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2018 record: 3-1-1-1, $35,500. 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $9,750. Finished fourth in 2019 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 Winterthur Bowl by 5¾ lengths, then finished third in Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase and second in the New Jersey Hunt Cup. Won a 2017 Winterthur maiden timber race after fourth in division of John Rush Streett Memorial at My Lady’s Manor.
Lemony Bay (GB). 2009 b. g., Overbury—Lemon’s Mill, by Roberto. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: G. R. Waters (GB). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $5,000. 2017 record: 3-1-1-0, $37,500. Finished third in 2019 My Lady’s Manor after missing 2018 season. Won 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was game second in Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup. Won Virginia Gold Cup’s 2016 Steeplethon and Middleburg Spring’s Alfred M. Hunt steeplechase after second in division of John Rush Streett maiden timber at My Lady’s Manor.
Two’s Company (Ire). 2009 b. g., Soviet Star—Gaye Lady, by Pistolet Bleu (Ire). Owner: Bruton Street-U.S. Trainer Jack Fisher. Breeders: M. W. and Mrs. M. Doran (Ire). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. 2018 record: 4-1-0-2, $39,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2016 record: 6-4-2-0, $103,200. Timber champion 2016. Finished third in 2019 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 New Jersey Hunt Cup. Finished third in 2018 Mason Houghland Memorial and National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Capped 2016 championship season with wins in Middleburg Hunt Cup, Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs and Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup.