Irv Naylor, current leader of the National Steeplechase standings by a wide margin, will serve up a formidable triple team of the $20,000 Winterthur Bowl, the featured open timber race at the Winterthur Races near Wilmington, Del., on Sunday, May 4.
First post time is 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Winterthur Museum and Gardens.
Heading the Naylor team is Chess Board, winner of the New Jersey Hunt Cup, a timber allowance race at Far Hills, N.J., last fall. In his 2014 debut, he finished third in the Middleburg Hunt Cup in Virginia on April 19. Trainer Billy Meister named Willie McCarthy to ride the 11-year-old.
Kathy Neilson trains the other two members of Naylor’s team. Almarmooq finished a close second in a timber allowance race at the Grand National in Butler, Md., on April 19. Prince Ludovic went off course in an amateur allowance timber race at the Grand National meet.
Trainer Kevin Boniface will saddle Nelson & Traveller Stable’s Moonsox, who finished second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup. K. Fritz Boniface will be in the saddle aboard the eight-year-old gelding, who is seeking his first win since the 2013 My Lady’s Manor.
Looking to launch his timber career is Oakwood Stable’s Country Cousin, a multiple stakes winner over hurdles who most recently finished third in the 2013 National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) at the Radnor Hunt Races in Pennsylvania last May. Trainer Julie Gomena named Mark Beecher to ride.
Making his first start in more than a year will be Equinox Stable’s Snow Blizzard, an Irish-bred who won a My Lady’s Manor timber allowance race in 2013. Bethany Baumgardner will ride for trainer Nancy Knox.
Rosbrian Farm’s More Fascination will be pursuing his 2014 victory in the Winterthur Bowl. Trained by Tara Elmore, he finished fifth in the Grand National on April 19. David Byrne will ride.
Completing the field is Sheila Williams’ and Andre Brewster’s Seer. Trained by Jack Fisher, Seer crashed through a fence late in a timber allowance at the Carolina Cup and was distanced in the Middleburg Hunt Cup. Jeff Murphy has the mount.
Who do you like in the Winterthur Bowl?
Snow Blizzard (Ire). 2007 b. g., Sadler’s Wells–Pescia (Ire), by Darshaan (GB). Owner: Equinox Farm. Trainer: Nancy G. Knox. Jockey: Bethany Baumgardner. 2013 record: 1-1-0-0, $4,500. 10-1 odds. In only 2013 start, won the John D. Schapiro Memorial timber allowance race at My Lady’s Manor.
Almarmooq. 2007 dk. b. or br. g., Dynaformer–Tuscoga, by Theatrical (Ire). Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: James Slater. 2014 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. 2013 record: 9-1-1-3, $14,300. 5-1 odds. Finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in Grand National timber allowance. Won maiden over timber at 2013 Genesee Valley Hunt Races.
More Fascination. 2003 b. g., Dynaformer–Desiray, by Deputy Minister. Owner: Rosbrian Farm. Trainer: Tara Elmore. Jockey: David Byrne. 2014 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,200. 2013 record: 2-0-0-0, $2,500. 2012 record: 3-0-0-1, $3,000. 2011 record: 2-0-1-0, $6,300. 10-1 odds. Finished fifth in Grand National. Finished fourth in 2013 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after sixth in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup.
Prince Ludovic (Ire). 2007 b. g., Luso (GB)–Beaver Run (Ire), by Be My Native. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: James Slater. 2014 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2013 record: No starts. 2012 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 10-1 odds. Went off course in Grand National timber allowance race. Missed the 2013 season after being pulled up in his U.S. debut, Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle.
Country Cousin. 2003 dk. b. or br. g., Lear Fan–Stony Lonesome, by Apalachee. Owner: Oakwood Stable (Nicole H. Perry). Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Mark Beecher. 2013 record: 3-0-2-1, $23,000. 2012 record: 4-0-3-0, $34,500. 2011 record: 3-2-0-1, $64,500. 6-1 odds. Multiple stakes winner over hurdles making transition to timber racing. In most recent start, finished third in the National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) over hurdles.
Moonsox. 2006 ch. g., Mojave Moon–Sister Sox, by Deputy Minister. Owner: Nelson & Traveller Stable. Trainer: Kevin Boniface. Jockey: K. Fritz Boniface. 2014 record: 2-0-1-0, $3,600. 2013 record: 5-1-0-0, $21,600. 2012 record: 4-0-1-0, $10,350. 2011 record: 4-1-1-2, $17,937. 4-1 odds. Finished second in Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 19 after seventh a week earlier in My Lady’s Manor. Won 2013 My Lady’s Manor.
Chess Board (GB). 2003 b. g., Vettori–Cruinn a Bhord, by Inchinor (GB). Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. 2014 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,000. 2013 record: 1-1-0-0, $15,000. 2012 record: 3-0-0-0, $1,200. 2011 record: 7-1-1-0, $27,590. 5-1 odds. Finished third in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 19. In first 2013 start over fences, won the New Jersey Hunt Cup, a timber allowance. In previous start, finished sixth in 2012 Radnor Hunt Cup.
Won Wild Bird. 2002 gr. or ro. m., Wild Wonder—Rowdy Bird, by Topsider. Owner: Walter D. Pinkard Jr. Trainer: Regina Welsh. Jockey: open. 8-1 odds. 2012 record: 5-1-0-0, $21,000. 2011 record: 5-2-0-0, $34,500. Making first start since winning 2012 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Also won the 2011 Radnor Hunt Cup.
Seer. 2004 b. g., Pulpit–Potrinner (Arg), by Potrillazo. Owner: Sheila J. Williams and Andre Brewster. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Jeff Murphy. 2014 record: 2-0-0-0, $600. 2013 record: 5-1-1-1, $15,000. 10-1 odds. Distanced in Middleburg Hunt Cup after falling at last fence of Carolina Cup timber allowance.