Two of steeplechase racing’s top female competitors, Sarah Joyce and One Lucky Lady, will meet on the race course for a second time this month in the Fair Hill Races’ new stakes race, the $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial, on Saturday.
The 2 1/4-mile race over National Fences will anchor a nine-race program at the Northern Maryland race course. All nine races—two on the flat, one over timber fences, and the remainder over National Fences—have packed fields, with waiting lists for three of them.
First post time is 1 p.m., and pari-mutuel wagering will be offered on all races.
The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce and Irv Naylor’s One Lucky Lady met in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley Stakes on May 13, and Sarah Joyce definitely got the better of that contest.
Ridden by Jack Doyle, Sarah Joyce drew away to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the Henley, her second win of the season after defeating males in a Queen’s Cup ratings handicap. One Lucky Lady set the Henley’s early pace but wilted under pressure and finished third.
One Lucky Lady will be seeking to regain the peak form of her 2015 and 2016 seasons. The British-bred mare won Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes in 2015 and the Henley the following spring.
Doyle will again ride Sarah Joyce for trainer Elizabeth Voss, and Sean McDermott will be aboard One Lucky Lady for trainer Cyril Murphy.
Also coming out of the Henley is Amy Taylor Rowe’s For Goodness Sake, who collected fifth money for trainer Leslie Young.
Beverly R. Steinman’s Pure Deal easily won a Foxfield Spring maiden hurdle for females on April 29. Ross Geraghty will ride.
Here is the field for the $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial. The horses’ National Steeplechase Association ratings are in parentheses at the end of their profiles.
Sarah Joyce (Ire). 2012 b. m., The Carbon Unit—The Real Thing, by Traditionally. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Thistle Bloodstock (Ire). 2017 record: 2-2-0-0, $45,000. 2016 NSA record: 3-0-1-0, $6,000. Impressive winner of 2017 Margaret Currey Henley at Iroquois Steeplechase. Won 2017 debut in Queen’s Cup ratings handicap. Finished fourth in 2015 Springdale Stakes at Colonial Cup. (119)
Admiring Glance. 2011 b. m., Flatter—Seducing, by Citidancer. Owner-trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeders: William L. Pape and Jonathan Sheppard (Pa.). 2017 NSA record: 3-1-0-1, $14,000. Won an Atlanta Steeplechase maiden hurdle for fillies and mares after third in inaugural run over fences at the Carolina Cup. Pulled up in Iroquois’ Margaret Currey Henley. (107)
For Goodness Sake (Ire). 2012 b. m., Yeats (Ire) —Muschana, by Deploy. Owner: Amy Taylor Rowe. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Open. Breeder: Aylesfield Farms Stud (Ire). 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,000. 2016 NSA record: No starts. In U.S. debut, finished fifth in 2017 Margaret Currey Henley at Iroquois Steeplechase. Maiden hurdle winner in England was competitive over fences and on flat while trained by Warren Greatrex. (115)
One Lucky Lady (GB). 2008 b. m., Lucky Story—One For Philip, by Blushing Flame. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Ken Knox (GB). 2017 record: 1-0-0-1, $5,000. 2016 record: 5-2-0-0, $62,400. 2015 NSA record: 2-1-1-0, $35,400. Finished third in 2017 debut in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Won 2016 Henley after victory in Middleburg Spring ratings handicap. Finished second in Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes, a race she won in 2015, and Colonial Cup’s Springdale Stakes. (121)
Barbara’s Smile. 2011 ch. m., Curlin—Credenza, by Lord Carlos. Owner: Over Creek Stables. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Mark Watts. Breeders: Kingswood Farm, David Egan, and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (Ky.) 2016 record: 5-1-0-2, $31,250. 2015 record: 3-1-0-0, $12,600. Won 2016 Parx ratings handicap, then was fourth in Saratoga’s Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes and fifth in Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes. Began 2016 with thirds in Aiken Spring Ratings Handicap and Atlanta allowance hurdle for fillies and mares. Raced on the flat and was claimed for $12,500 at Aqueduct in December 2014. (108)
Outlaw Cody Z. 2008 ch. m., Ten Most Wanted, Ciel Cody, by Sky Classic. Owner: Stephany W.S. Harper. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Jockey: Open. Breeder: Cedar Ridge Farm (N.Y.) 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2016 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,000. 2015 record: 3-1-0-0, $15,000. Pulled up in Foxfield Spring’s 2017 Daniel Van Clief Memorial and eased in Willowdale claiming hurdle. Finished third in Stoneybrook ratings handicap in only 2016 start. Finished fifth in Iroquois’ 2015 Margaret Currey Henley after winning Foxfield Spring maiden hurdle in jumps debut. (95)
Pure Deal. 2012 dk. b. or br. m., Purim—Make a Deal, by Private Terms. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: Nuckols Farm (Ky.) 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $12,800. 2016 record: 5-0-1-2, $11,600. 2015 record: 3-0-0-1, $3,550. Won maiden victory at 2017 Foxfield Spring. Finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length, in Foxfield Fall maiden hurdle for fillies and mares after third at Foxfield Spring and fourth at Fair Hill in similar maiden hurdles. (107)
Swoop. 2010 b. m., Louis Quatorze—Admonish, by Caveat. Owner: Mimi Voss. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Mimi Voss (Md.) 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,000. Allowance winner on the flat finished fourth in her jumps debut at the 2017 Radnor meet. (No rating)