Amy Taylor Rowe’s For Goodness Sake overtook front-running Sarah Joyce at the last fence and pulled away to a 2 3/4-length victory over lightly regarded Swoop in the Fair Hill Races’ $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial for fillies and mares on Saturday.
Irv Naylor’s One Lucky Lady, who had tracked the pace of The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce to the final fence, finished third, two lengths behind Mimi Voss’ Swoop and 1 3/4-lengths ahead of Sarah Joyce. Outlaw Cody Z finished fifth.
Willie McCarthy rode Irish-bred For Goodness Sake, who was trained in the name of hospitalized champion jockey Paddy Young. The five-year-old Yeats mare had finished fifth in the $50,000 Margaret Currey Henley, won by Sarah Joyce, at the Iroquois Steeplechase two weeks earlier.
Making only her second U.S. start, For Goodness Sake ran the Coggins Memorial’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:47 on turf rated as soft.
In Fair Hill’s co-feature, the $40,000 Valentine Memorial Handicap, Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose danced away to a 15 1/4-length victory over Balance the Budget. Diplomat finished fourth. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Keri Brion, All the Way Jose scored his first victory since the 2014 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills, N.J., a win that gave the Sheppard homebred the year’s novice championship.
All the Way Jose ran the Valentine Memorial’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:25.