Chasing in Focus
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Lead by DASH Stables' It, trainer Jack Fisher reclaimed the top spot in the NSA standings both by wins and purse earnings with three victories at Callaway Gardens on Nov. 3. Ricky Hendriks remains in second place in both catergories with one meet to go. Sean McDermott rode two of Fisher's winners, Gill Johnston's Hanno in the WC Bradley novice timber and Riverdee Stable's Motivational in the Blade & Bow Cup maiden claiming hurdle. Darren Nagle piloted Ice It in the $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle Sport of Kings Novice Stakes for Fisher. Riverdee Stable found the winner's circle for a second time, in the $25,000 Synovus Cup allowance flat race with Lonely Weekend, this one trained by Todd Wyatt and ridden by Lia McGuirk, while Mark Buyck's G1 winner Show Court (Michael Mitchell up) got back to his winning ways in the $25,000 Standard Concrete Cup allowance flat race. Photographer Catherine French has the recap.
The historic Montpelier Hunt Races at President James Madison's old stomping grounds in Virginia on Nov, 4, featured seven races, six over jumps. And at the end of the day, trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who began the season with a hot hand only to cool off as the year wore on, rediscovered his mojo with three wins: KMSN Stable's Jump to Juneau in the Battleship maiden claiming hurdle, Steinmetz Equine Holdings' Royal Ruse in the Liberty Cup maiden claimer, and Sheppard's Zeppelin Ride in the Constitution Sport of Kings maiden hurdle. Jockey Tom Garner notched two victories, aboard Sheppard's Royal Ruse and the day's biggest prize, the $40,000 Noel Laing handicap over Montpelier's renowned brush course. That win came on Apple Equipment's Winner Massagot, a newcomer to the NSA circuit for trainer Richard Valentine. Winner Massagot served notice of his talent with a solid second in his US debut at Far Hills a couple of weeks ago. Switching hats, jockey Gerard Galligan won the Liberty Cup filly & mare allowance hurdle as owner-trainer Gerard Galligan as his Mavourneen romped by 13 lengths under Bethany Baumgardner. Photographer Douglas Lees has the recap.
The weather was less than ideal and the course soggy on Oct. 27, but the folks at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., put on a top-class parimutuel meet of rich hurdle, timber, and flat races. The stars of the show were Rosbrian Farm's Optimus Prime, winner of the G1 NY Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga in his only US start, who crushed the field by 18 lengths in the $75,000 G2 David L. 'Zeke' Ferguson Stakes, and timber ace Doc Cebu, who won his third stake of the year -- and fourth race in five 2018 starts -- in the $75,000 International .Gold Cup timber stakes. In other action, Merriebelle Stable's Renown, a stakes star on the flat, broke his hurdle maiden on his second attempt, while Wits End Stable's Katnap scored in his second straight Steeplethon. Irv Naylor unleashed another good one in Elucidation, who ran his record to two for two in an allowance hurdle. On the flat, it was Beverly Steinman's Deposit who came home a winner, as did Pathfinder Racing's Shrove Tuesday, and Lady Olivia North Cliff's Accountable. Tod Marks has the photo recap.