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.