Amateur steeplechase jockey Sarah Shaffer led a strong American effort in the U.S. leg of the Longines International Fegentri Ladies Series competition. Pennsylvania-based Shaffer won the last of the four races at Mid-Atlantic racetracks between June 9 and June 13, and she also had two third-place finishes.
Shaffer rode Wilburn’s Princess to a two-length score in a Delaware Park race on June 13. She also was third aboard Opportunistically at Penn National Race Course on June 10 and Aquies at Parx Racing on June 12. American rider Teresa Croce finished second in the Penn National race aboard Grand Denali.
Other amateur steeplechase jockeys participating as part of the Amateur Riders Club of America team were Bethany Baumgardner, Keri Brion, Annie Yeager, Zoe Valvo, Erika Taylor, and Taylor Leatherman. Valvo returned to the U.S. after finishing a strong second, beaten a head, in the Fegentri World Cup of Nations race in Oslo, Norway, on June 9.
Lara Le Geay, representing France, locked up the American series by winning the first two races, aboard $65 longshot No Delay at Pimlico Race Course on June 9 and even-money favorite Smart and Tough the following day at Penn National.