Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, the reigning Eclipse Award winner and this year’s leading earner on the National Steeplechase Association circuit, heads one division of a split $25,000 open flat race for hurdle horses at Parx Racing on Sunday, July 12.
Andre Brewster’s and Sheila Williams’ veteran stakes winner All Together will meet 2015 hurdle stakes winners Bob Le Beau and Diplomat in the second division. Both divisions feature full fields and will be the first and third races on the Sunday card.
Jump racing will be featured on the Tuesday, July 14 program at the suburban Philadelphia track with two divisions of a Sport of Kings maiden hurdle and a $35,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle. First post time is 12:55 p.m. both days.
Trained by Richard Valentine, Demonstrative is preparing for another run at the North American championship. After two starts in training flat races, he won the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) for the second time in three years. Robbie Walsh, who missed the Iroquois victory because of injury, returns in the saddle.
Also in the first division of the Parx race is Mary Ann Houghland’s Pierrot Lunaire, the 2012 Eclipse champion who finished fifth in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois in Nashville on May 9. Trainer Bruce Miller named Bernie Dalton to ride.
From the barn of leading trainer Jack Fisher, All Together has two third-place finishes this season, in the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) at Middleburg, Va., on April 18 and the $75,000 David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) at the Virginia Gold Cup on May 2. His most recent victory was in the $40,000 W. Gary Baker Memorial Stakes on the Middleburg course last fall. Sean McDermott will ride the 10-year-old Danzig gelding.
The Fields Stable’s Bob Le Beau won the Radnor Hunt Races’ National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) in his most recent start on May 16, and trainer Elizabeth Voss gave Irish jockey Jack Doyle a return call on the Irish-bred.
Diplomat, racing in the Daybreak Stables silks of trainer Jimmy Day, won the Carolina Cup for novices on March 28 and finished fifth in the Semmes. Dalton has the mount.
Also heading into the Parx flat race’s second division is Clorevia Farm’s Dr. Skip, the second finisher in the Semmes Memorial. Walsh has a return call from trainer Edward Graham.
The steeplechase sport’s reigning champion owner, Irv Naylor, will be represented in the second division by Charminster, winner of the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Bright Hour Ratings Handicap. Carol-Ann Sloan will ride for trainer Cyril Murphy.