Bruton Street-US’s 2016 timber champion Two’s Company and 2018 Winterthur Bowl victor Kings Apollo will clash Sunday in the 41st edition of the $41,000 Winterthur Bowl at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Delaware.
On tap are 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 has been working his way back to top form since his championship season. He won Far Hills’ New Jersey Hunt Cup last October for his first victory since the 2016 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup.
The 10-year-old Irish-bred opened his 2019 season with a non-threatening third in the Middleburg Hunt Cup.
Leading trainer Jack Fisher named Sean McDermott to ride Two’s Company. Fisher also entered Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay, winner of the 2017 My Lady’s Manor. After missing the 2018 season, Lemony Bay returned with a third-place finish in the My Lady’s Manor on April 13. Hadden Frost has the mount.
Kings Apollo, runaway winner of last year’s Winterthur Bowl for owner Stewart Strawbridge, has finished behind Two’s Company in his most recent starts. He was second, beaten five lengths, in the New Jersey Hunt Cup and fourth in the Middleburg Hunt Cup.
Kings Apollo is trained by Sanna Neilson, and her sister, Kathy Neilson, will saddle Irv Naylor’s Aquies, winner of the Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial on April 20. Eddie Keating will ride.
Completing the field is Beck’s Bad Boy, who is owned by Ivy Hill Stable and trained by Alicia Murphy. In his most recent start, Beck’s Bad Boy won a Shawan Downs maiden timber race in September 2017. McDermott has a second call.
Here is the field for the $41,000 Winterthur Bowl in post-position order.
Kings Apollo (GB). 2009 b. g., King’s Theater (Ire)—Temple Dancer, by Magic Ring. Owner: Stewart Strawbridge. Trainer: Sanna Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. 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.
Two’s Company (Ire). 2009 b. g., Soviet Star—Gaye Lady, by Pistolet Bleu (Ire). Owner: Bruton Street-U.S. Trainer Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. 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.
Aquies. 2012 b. g., Artie Schiller—Quies, by Quiet American. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Eddie Keating. Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-1-0-0, $14,500. 2018 record: 4-0-2-2, $9,300. 2017 record: 4-1-1-2, $15,700. Won 2019 Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial after fourth in My Lady’s Manor. Finished third in 2018 Willowdale timber allowance after second a week earlier in similar race at Winterthur. Finished third in My Lady’s Manor 2018 John D. Schapiro Memorial and second in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. Won 2017 Willowdale maiden timber and was third in Fair Hill novice timber.
Lemony Bay (GB). 2009 b. g., Overbury—Lemon’s Mill, by Roberto. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Hadden Frost. 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.
Beck’s Bad Boy. 2011 b. g., Oratory—Hey Up There, by Cormorant. Owner: Ivy Hill Stable. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Jockey: Sean McDermott. 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.