In week three of seven at the New Kent, Virginia course, Upland Flats Racing and John Lewis’ West Newton, with Harrison Beswick riding, stalked in second from the outset and took command at the third of eight fences en route to a 10 3/4 triumph in Monday’s $30,000, 2 mile maiden special weights race for four-year-olds and up.
The win was the first in eight tries for the British-bred five-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding since coming over from the UK in the fall of 2019. KMSN Stable’s Swim bolted to the lead, but West Newton took over fairly quickly, and never really was seriously challenged. At the top of the stretch, West Newton, who is trained by Ricky Hendriks, led by four lengths, and he extended that lead easily under hand urging from Beswick. Ballybristol Farm’s Cause for Pardon, closed ground for the place spot, while Irv Naylor’s Westerland finished third.
In the second maiden contest, also a $30,000 race at 2 miles but restricted to four-year-olds, Meadow Run Farm’s Glencorrib Sky, with Skylar McKenna aboard for trainer Kathy Neilson, sat patiently off the pace in the tightly bunched six-horse field for much of the going. Turning for home, the Irish-bred, making his first career start, unleashed a rally on the extreme inside, and prevailed under a hand ride as Buttonwood Farm’s Nice to Meet Ya was all out under Richie Condon to narrow the margin of victory to a half length. Ballybristol Farm’s The Flasche was third. Kathy Neilson was the winning trainer.
Photos courtesy of Darrell Wood