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Sarah L. Greenhalgh

April 10, 2009

Good Night Shirt Picks Up Where He Left Off At Carolina Cup

After an undefeated season in 2008, he’s back for more.

The quest for horse of the year officially began at the Carolina Cup on March 28, and Good Night Shirt, the
odds-on favorite for the title, did not disappoint.

January 19, 2009

Prince Manila And Navesink View Share A Win At Warrenton

There were no hurt feelings in the open timber race at the Warrenton Hunt Point-To-Point Hunt Races, March 18, after both horses were declared the
winner in an exciting dead heat finish.

The eight-horse race scratched down to three--EMO Stable's Fast Steppin Man (Carl Rafter), Nina Strawbridge's Navesink View (James Slater) and Jack Griswold's Prince Manila (Pete Brown-Whale).

October 17, 2008

Monte Bianco Steps Up At Virginia Fall Races

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.

October 3, 2008

Seer Has The Speed For Monmouth Park

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.

October 3, 2008

Good Night Shirt Tops Lonesome Glory Stakes At Belmont

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.

August 29, 2008

High Action Is The Highlight In A.P. Smithwick

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.

May 16, 2008

Bubble Economy Rebounds In Virginia Gold Cup

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.

May 9, 2008

Askim Answers Correctly In Maryland Hunt Cup

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.

May 2, 2008

Planets Aligned Runs Straight To The Win At Middleburg

He takes the second leg of steeplechasing’s Triple Crown in commanding fashion.

There will be no sweep of Steeplechasing’s Triple Crown races this year. Not after Fox Ridge Farm’s Planets Aligned entered the competition on April 19.

The chestnut easily won the second leg of the series in the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey grade II novice stakes at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, Va., dashing the hopes for a one-horse winner of all three.

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