He shows he’s “a pretty serious timber horse,” says his rider, Xavier Aizpuru.
A disaster for one meet turned out to be a bounty for another. When monsoon-like rains forced the cancellation of Shawan Downs (Md.) on Sept. 27, the timber trainers rerouted their charges to the Virginia Fall Races, Oct. 4-5 in Middleburg.
The $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup feature showcased a solid nine competitors, some of the best from the season.
The 4-year-old makes his best effort to date in the novice stakes.
Steeplechasing returned to the New Jersey shore on Sept. 20, and racegoers were treated to a thrilling photo finish with Mrs. Rufus Williams’ Seer just getting his head across the wire to win the $75,000 novice stakes race in Oceanport.
After a summer off, the chestnut gelding gets back to business.
For the second year in a row, Good Night Shirt ran true to form, winning the $150,000 Lonesome Glory grade I hurdle stakes at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y., Sept. 21, with ease.
A warm day, most of the horses had a bit of sheen if not lather as they came onto the course. Good Night Shirt was the odds-on favorite, with only the $150,000 Turf Writers (N.Y.) winner Dark Equation (Matt McCarron) making the bettors vaguely interested.
Doug Fout’s trainee withstands a soggy Saratoga for a breathtaking win.
Funny how Mother Nature likes to throw a wrench into the best of plans. This season, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., racecourse has seen unbelievable rains.
More than 30 flat races have been cancelled, attendance is down more than 16 percent, and some turf horses have switched to dirt. Even steeplechasing started a week later because of the excess moisture and standing water.
Chip Miller brings the best out of the quirky timber talent.
Even when not at his racing best, jockey Chip Miller gets the job done. His win in the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup with Arcadia Stable’s Bubble Economy, May 3 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., was just proof that sometimes it is good to be the veteran.
The big bay gives Charlie Fenwick III his first win in the prestigious race.
Charlie Fenwick III carried an invisible weight to the start of the Maryland Hunt Cup—the weight of family legacy. His father, Charlie Fenwick Jr., won the race five times as a jockey and three times as a trainer. His mother, Ann D. Stewart, had won the race twice before as a trainer. “Some of my earliest memories of childhood were right here, walking the course with my father,” said Fenwick III.