Morning Star Stables’ South Monarch, who always runs well over the Winterthur Races course, will try to collect his second victory in the $17,500 Winterthur Bowl, highlight of a five-race program at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum and Gardens on Sunday, May 6. First post time is 2 p.m.
A 10-year-old Conquistador Cielo gelding, South Monarch won the 2010 Winterthur Bowl and returned last year to finish second. Trained by Sanna N. Hendriks, who owns Morning Star Stables, South Monarch started his 2012 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the My Lady’s Manor, a race he won in 2010. Jody Petty will ride South Monarch in the Winterthur Bowl.
A well-matched group of timber competitors will seek to deny South Monarch a second victory. River Bend Stables’ Dance Faster enters the Winterthur Bowl from a triumph in his first start over timber, the Carolina Cup’s C. P. & Edith Wills DuBose allowance timber race in Camden, S.C., on March 31. Trained by Leslie Young, the five-year-old Dance Master gelding will be ridden by Darren Nagle.
Richard Valentine, 2011’s champion timber trainer, entered Anna Stable’s Music To My Ears, who kicked off his 2012 season with a third-place finish in a tough edition of the Middleburg Hunt Cup. Robbie Walsh has the mount.
Irvin S. Naylor, the sport’s leading owner the past two years and a longtime supporter of timber racing, will be represented by Fieldview. Trained by Kathy Neilson, Fieldview was second in the Western Run Plate at the Grand National meet on April 21 after a sixth-place finish in the John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber race at My Lady’s Manor. Carl Rafter will ride.
Also entering the Winterthur Bowl from the Western Run are Northwoods Stable’s Eye Said Scat Cat, who was third, and Rosbrian Farm’s The Rall, the fourth finisher. Completing the field is Jalin Racing Stable’s Monstaleur, who finished second in Virginia Fall’s James P. McCormick Memorial maiden timber race on Oct. 1.