An all-star cast from American Steeplechasing’s championship division, including the top three finishers from the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1), is poised to start in the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes (Gr. 1) at Belmont Park on Thursday, Sept. 27.
In all, 11 contenders were entered, and a field of 13 was drawn for the $50,000 William Entenmann Memorial for novices, which also be the first race on the Thursday program. First post time is 12:50 p.m. Entries for the two steeplechase races are here at entries9-27-12.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative will be shooting for his third straight victory in the 2 1/2-mile Lonesome Glory. He scored a breakthrough victory in Saratoga Race Course’s New York Turf Writers on Aug. 23 when he drew away late to a one-length victory over Charminster.
Trained by Richard Valentine, the five-year-old Elusive Quality gelding also won the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at Saratoga on July 26. His biggest victory last year was at Belmont, in the William Entenmann Novice Stakes. Robbie Walsh was named to ride.
Charminster was one of three Lonesome Glory entrants from the powerful stable of leading owner Irvin S. Naylor. Brianne Slater takes over the training duties from Joseph W. Delozier III, and Carl Rafter will ride. Slater also will saddle Naylor’s Tax Ruling, the two-time Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) winner who most recently finished eighth in Saratoga’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on Aug. 2. Ross Geraghty has the mount.
Kathy Neilson takes over the training of The Jigsaw Man, another recent import who finished seventh in the Smithwick, beaten only 4 3/4 lengths. Roddy Mackenzie will be in the saddle.
Trainer Jimmy Day will saddle a pairing for Randleston Farm, Spy in the Sky and Duc de Savoie. Spy in the Sky finished third in the New York Turf Writers after upsetting the Smithwick at 25-1 under Danielle Hodsdon. Duc de Savoie finished sixth in a Saratoga optional allowance on Aug. 16. Hodsdon returns on Spy in the Sky, and Jeff Murphy rides Duc de Savoie.
Jonathan Sheppard, the Racing Hall of Fame trainer who recently recorded his 3,000th career victory, will be represented by Bill Pape’s Divine Fortune and Timber Bay Farm’s History Boy. Divine Fortune, a two-time Smithwick winner, fell at the last fence of the New York Turf Writers after finishing fifth in the Smithwick. Darren Nagle will ride the nine-year-old Royal Academy gelding.
History Boy will be seeking his third straight victory. In his most recent start, he drew away to a 9 1/4-length score in Saratoga’s Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes on Aug. 16. He also won a Penn National Race Course optional allowance on June 2. Brian Crowley again will ride.
Tom Voss, the veteran Maryland horseman who was last year’s champion trainer by wins, will saddle The Fields Stable’s Left Unsaid, who was making a strong bid in the New York Turf Writers but was unable to avoid the fallen Divine Fortune. In his previous start, the Dynaformer gelding just missed catching Spy in the Sky in the A. P. Smithwick and finished second by a nose. Champion jockey Paddy Young will ride.
Here is the Lonesome Glory field in post-position order:
Divine Fortune. 2003 ch. g., Royal Anthem–My Tombola, by Northern Fling. Owner: William Pape. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. 2012 record: 4-1-1-0, $46,000. 2011 record: 4-1-1-0, $64,000. Fell at last fence of New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) after finishing fifth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in A. P. Smithwick (Gr. 1) on Aug. 2. Finished good second in Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) after an easy victory in an allowance race in Tryon, N.C., on April 21. In 2011, won A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 2) for second straight year.
Pierrot Lunaire. 2004 b. g., War Chant–Playact (Ire), by Hernando (Fr). Owner: Mary Ann Houghland. Trainer: Blythe Miller Davies. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. 2012 record: 3-0-0-1, $13,000. 2011 record: 3-0-0-1, $20,000. Kicked off 2012 season with a third in Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) at Middleburg, Va., on April 21, then was fifth in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), a race he won in 2009. Also finished fifth in David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs on June 2.
All Together. 2005 b. g., Danzig–Unify, by Farma Way. Owners: Andre W. Brewster and Sheila J. Williams. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Willie Dowling. 2012 record: 5-0-0-3, $29,000. 2011 record: 7-1-3-2, $85,800. Set pace in New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) and finished fifth on Aug. 23. Attended early pace and held on well for third in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on July 26. Novice champion in 2010 finished third in Colonial’s Zeke Ferguson (Gr. 3) after setting early pace. Most recent victory was the 2011 Jonathan Kiser Novice at Saratoga.
History Boy. 2006 b. g., Grand Slam–Rare Blend, by Bates Motel. Owner: Timber Bay Farm. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Brian Crowley. 2012 record: 4-2-1-0, $69,100. 2011 record: 2-0-1-0, $15,750. Easily won the Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes on Aug. 16 after winning optional allowance hurdle at Penn National Race Course on June 30. Began 2012 season with second by a half-length in the $20,000 Sandhills Cup optional allowance at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in Raeford, N.C., on April 7.
Tax Ruling. 2003 dk. b. or br. g., Dynaformer–Fantastic Find, by Mr. Prospector. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Brianne Slater. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. 2012 record: 2-0-0-0, $7,500. 2011 record: 4-2-0-0, $153,500. Finished fourth in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) after winning in previous two years, then was eighth in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) at Saratoga. Also won the 2011 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) at Camden, S.C.
Duc de Savoie. 2006 b. g., Harlan’s Holiday—Tee for Three, by Lil E. Tee. Owner: Randleston Farm. Trainer: Jimmy Day. Jockey: Jeff Murphy. 2012 NSA record: 4-1-1-0, $22,200. Won maiden victory at Carolina Cup meet in Camden, S.C., on March 30. Finished sixth in his most recent starts, optional allowances at Colonial Downs and Saratoga Race Course.
Spy in the Sky. 2004 ch. g., Thunder Gulch—Monaassavaat, by Zilzal. Owner: Randleston Farm. Trainer: Jimmy Day. Jockey: Danielle Hodsdon. 2012 record: 4-1-0-1, $81,250. 2011 record: 6-0-0-3, $12,000. Upset A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) at 25-1 on Aug. 2 and then was a respectable third in the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1). Previously has two fourth-place finishes, in the Marcellus Frost (Gr. 2) at Iroquois Steeplechase and David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs. Won the 2009 New York Turf Writers.
Demonstrative. 2007 b. g., Elusive Quality–Loving Pride, by Quiet American. Owner: Jacqueline Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Robbie Walsh. 2012 record: 4-2-0-0, $46,500. 2011 record: 8-2-4-2, $96,300. Drew clear to a one-length victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) on Aug. 23 after two-length victory in Saratoga’s Jonathan Kiser Novice on July 26. Finished sixth in the David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3) at Colonial Downs on June 2 after losing rider in the Queen’s Cup MPC ‘Chase, his first 2012 start. Won 2011 William G. Entenmann Novice at Belmont Park. Was 2010 three-year-old champion.
Charminster (Ire). 2006 b. g., Broadway Flyer—Monteleena, by Montelimar. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Brianne Slater. Jockey: Carl Rafter. 2012 NSA record: 1-0-1-0, $27,000. Recent import ran a strong race in New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) and finished second, a length back. Won a hurdle handicap at Warwick in May after losing his rider in the Novice Handicap Steeplechase over bigger fences in March. Finished ninth in a Cartmel hurdle handicap on July 21.
Left Unsaid. 2005 b. g., Dynaformer–Hello Soso (Ire), by Alzao. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Tom Voss. Jockey: Paddy Young. 2012 record: 2-0-1-0, $18,000. 2011 record: 1-0-1-0, $13,500. Beaten only a nose in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), his 2012 debut, then was unable to avoid a fallen horse while making a strong move in the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) on Aug. 23. Novice champion of 2009 finished second to Decoy Daddy in 2011 Marcellus Frost (Gr. 2) at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase.
The Jigsaw Man (Ire). 2004 ch. g., Bob Black—Native Sunset, by Be My Native. 2012 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $0. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Roddy Mackenzie. Never was a factor in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), his U.S. debut, and finished seventh. Last previous win was at Sandown in April 2011.