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August 21, 2009

Mixed Up Returns To The Top At A.P. Smithwick

Even at age 10, William Pape’s Mixed Up isn’t slowing down. And he showed his continuing prowess on Aug. 6 while winning the $102,723 A.P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he suddenly became the leading steeplechaser in the country.

But if you’d asked his jockey Danielle Hodsdon and trainer Jonathan Sheppard last year if the little horse with the storied career would ever be back on the top of the National Steeplechase Association’s money-won list again, they probably would have said it was doubtful.

July 24, 2009

Slip Away Gives Miller His First Ferguson Win

For the price of a used car, anyone could have claimed Kenneth Ramsey’s Slip Away last year. After running him in two $10,000 claiming races in 2008, trainer Tom Voss is now thanking his lucky stars that no one else managed to recognize the flashy gray gelding’s potential back then.

If they had, Voss likely wouldn’t have been saddling Slip Away as the bettors’ favorite at the $50,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial hurdle stakes in New Kent, Va., on July 12, and veteran jockey Chip Miller might not have scored his first Ferguson win.

April 5, 2007

Virginia 'Chasing Resumes At Piedmont

Steeplechasing in Virginia is finally back on track after the Piedmont Hunt Point-To-Point, March 24 in Upperville.

Virginia’s season should have started on Feb. 24, with the Casanova Hunt Point-To-Point, but since a nearby farm was quarantined due to equine herpes (EHV-1), state veterinarian Richard Wilkes cancelled the meet the day before. Several farms in the area were quarantined, including the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, where the virus originated.

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