Irv Naylor’s Top Man Michael and Armata Stables’ Cornhusker, the respective winner and second finisher in last year’s Winterthur Bowl, return for a rematch Sunday in the 40th edition of the Winterthur Races in Delaware.
The $40,000 Winterthur Bowl over timber fences will highlight the four-race program. First post time is 2 p.m. at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.
Trained by Cyril Murphy, Top Man Michael will be shooting for his third straight win in the 3 1/4-mile Winterthur Bowl. He won by 12 lengths in 2016 and bested Cornhusker by 4 3/4 lengths in his only start last year.
Darren Nagle, last year’s champion jockey, has the mount on the nine-year-old Irish-bred, who finished fifth in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 21.
Naylor also will be represented by Shinobi, a German-bred who scored his maiden timber victory in a John Rush Streett division at My Lady’s Manor in Maryland on April 14. Trainer Kathy Neilson named Eddie Keating to ride.
Cornhusker, an 11-year-old Dynaformer gelding, used last year’s Winterthur Bowl as a springboard to his third victory in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial. Trainer Alicia Murphy named 2016 champion jockey Kieran Norris to a return trip on the British-bred.
The red-and-gold silks of Perry and Aurelia Bolton’s Armata also will be carried by Going for Broke, who will be making his first start in the U.S. Trainer Stephanie Moore named Eric Poretz to ride.
Upland Partners’ Mystic Strike, winner by disqualification of last May’s Radnor Hunt Cup, will have trainer Mark Beecher in the saddle. The Florida-bred finished third in the My Lady’s Manor in his first 2018 start.
Also coming out of the My Lady’s Manor program is Blair Wyatt’s Witor, winner of the John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice allowance timber race. Trainer Todd Wyatt tapped Poretz, who is riding a five-race win streak that included last weekend’s Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Senior Senator.
Jeremy Batoff’s Class Indian, sixth in the Schapiro after setting the early pace, will be ridden by Evan Dwan. The veteran Waquoit gelding is trained by Willie Dowling.
Completing the field is Stewart Strawbridge’s Kings Apollo, winner of a Winterthur maiden timber race last year. Trainer Sanna Neilson named Gerard Galligan to ride.
Here is the field for the $40,000 Winterthur Bowl in post-position order.
Cornhusker (GB). 2007 b. g., Dynaformer–Nebraska Tornado, by Storm Cat. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Juddmonte Farms (GB). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2017 record: 6-2-2-0, $60,350. 2016 record: 2-0-0-0, $4,500. Finished fourth in 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup after winning in 2017. After second in Winterthur Bowl won 2017 Mason Houghland Memorial, his third win in the Iroquois timber stakes, after 2014 and 2015. Finished second in Shawan’s 2017 Legacy Chase, then fifth in National Sporting Library and Museum Cup and fourth in Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
Mystic Strike. 2009 b. h., Smart Strike—Mystic Rhythms, by Citidancer. Owner: Upland Partners. Trainer: Mark Beecher. Jockey: Mark Beecher. Breeder: Peter Vegso Racing (Fla.). 2018 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. 2017 record: 2-2-0-0, $27,000. 2016 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. Finished third in 2018 My Lady’s Manor. Barely beaten and then placed first in 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup. Won 2017 debut in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. In only 2016 start and first run over fences, won a Winterthur allowance timber race.
King’s Apollo (GB). 2009 b. g., King’s Theater (Ire)—Temple Dancer, by Magic Ring. Owner: Stewart Strawbridge. Trainer: Sanna Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeders: M. Watt and Executors of Miss J. John (GB). 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $9,750. Won a 2017 Winterthur maiden timber race after fourth in division of John Rush Streett Memorial at My Lady’s Manor. Fell in Radnor Hunt Cup. Previous victory was over steeplechase fences at Taunton in England in December 2015.
Going for Broke (Ire). 2010 b. g., Gold Well—Kokopelli Star, by Hernando (Fr). Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Stephanie Moore. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: George Masterson (Ire). 2018 record: No starts. Imported after busy 2017 season in which he scored two victories in the handicap ranks over steeplechase fences.
Top Man Michael (Ire). 2009 b. g., Antonius Plus—Top Brex, by Top Ville. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: John Egan (Ire). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,200. 2017 record: 1-1-0-0, $15,000. 2016 record: 3-1-0-1, $19,000. Set pace and tired to finish fifth in 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup. In only 2017 start, won Winterthur Bowl for second consecutive year. Won 2016 Winterthur Bowl in his first start over timber, then was fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup and third in Callaway timber allowance race.
Witor (Ger). 2008 b. g., Dashing Blade—Wurfspeil, by Lomitas (GB). Owner: Blair Wyatt. Trainer: Todd Wyatt. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: Gestut Farhof (Ger). 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $10,250. Won 2018 John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber. Scored maiden timber victory at 2017 Willowdale meet and then was fourth in a Fair Hill timber novice.
Class Indian. 2007 gr. or ro. g., Waquoit—Class Story, by Class Secret. Owner: Jeremy A. Batoff. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Evan Dwan. Breeder: Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud (Va.). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $450. 2017 record: 5-1-1-0, $13,650. 2016 record: 3-1-0-1, $14,000. 2015 record: 4-1-0-2, $14,000. Finished sixth in 2018 John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber at My Lady’s Manor. Fell while leading in 2017 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Won 2017 Schapiro, then was fourth in Grand National’s Western Run Plate and second in Winterthur amateur apprentice timber allowance. Won 2016 Queen’s Cup timber allowance.
Shinobi (Ger). 2012 b. g., Lord Shanakill—Singuna, by Black Sam Bellamy. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Eddie Keating. Breeder: Stifung Gestut Fahrhof (Ger). 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. 2017 record: 3-0-1-0, $4,800. Won a division of the John Rush Streett Memorial maiden timber race at the 2018 My Lady’s Manor meet. Finished second over hurdles in a 2017 Willowdale claiming hurdle, his first start over fences.