Debra Kachel’s Lake Placid returns to the claiming ranks on Sunday, Sept. 18, in a highly competitive $15,000 race at Colonial Downs in the kickoff of the National Steeplechase Association’s fall season. Also on the Colonial program is a 1 1/2-mile training flat race.
Trainer Ricky Hendriks claimed Lake Placid for Kachel from owner-breeder Bertram Firestone at the Middleburg Spring Races on April 23, and the seven-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding came back to win an optional allowance at the Virginia Gold Cup by 13 lengths on May 7. He subsequently finished sixth in the William Entenmann Novice Stakes at Belmont Park on July 3. Leading jockey Jacob Roberts has the mount on Lake Placid, who was entered for a $10,000 claiming price.
Leading owner Irvin Naylor will send Saluda Sam, who was second to Lake Placid in the Virginia Gold Cup race. Trained by Kathy McKenna, Saluda Sam competed over the summer at Saratoga Race Course, where he finished third in the National Steeplechase Association J. P. Morgan Hurdle, an optional allowance on Aug. 18, and 10th in the Ninepins Hurdle, an optional allowance on Sept. 1. Carl Rafter will ride.
Making his second start of the year will be Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Four Schools, who finished a distant second of subsequent New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) winner Mabou in the $25,000 James M. Moran Jr., an open claiming hurdle at the Radnor Hunt Races at Malvern, Pa., on May 22.
Claimed for Ohrstrom by trainer Richard Valentine in 2008, the Irish-bred subsequently won the 2008 David L. (Zeke) Ferguson Memorial at Colonial and the 2009 Helen Haskell Sampson at Monmouth Park. Valentine named Robbie Walsh to ride.
Keystone Thoroughbreds’ Golden Slammer will be seeking his third victory in his first season over fences. Trained by Todd McKenna, the Grand Slam gelding won the G. W. Bostwick, a maiden claiming race, at the Aiken Spring Races on March 26 and subsequently won the Charlotte Business Journal, a claiming hurdle at the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase near Charlotte, N.C., on April 30.
In his most recent start, Golden Slammer was pulled up in the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association Firestone Tire Hurdle, an optional allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 4. Danielle Hodsdon has the mount.
Owner-trainer Randy Rouse will be seeking a second first-place check at Colonial for One Sea, who finished second the Virginia track’s claiming hurdle on June 12 and was moved up to first on a disqualification. The 11-year-old Sea Hero gelding finished second to Dubai Sunday in the similar Colonial claimer a year ago.