Jonathan Sheppard trainee Rose Tree wins $100,000 Northern Fling Stakes
By SARA CAVANAGH
ERIE, Pa.--Jonathan Sheppard had a pretty spectacular day on Sunday, July 8, when he saddled two winners, including one in a $100,000 stakes plus a second place finisher at Presque Isle race track.
ROSE TREE The 10th Running of The Northern Fling Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)Steinmetz Equine Holdings LLC's homebred Royal Ruse, ridden by Scott Speith, won the second race on the card, a $13,000 maiden claiming race at one mile.
Then Sheppard saddled his own Auntie Mame, also ridden by Speith, to place second in the third race, a $13,000 claiming race.
In the fifth race, Buttonwood Farm's Rose Tree, ridden by Andrew Wolfsont, won the $100,000 Northern Fling Stakes for registered Pa.- bred fillies and mares, 3 years old and up, at one mile.
Rose Tree, a 4-year-old, was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Rodman Moorhead III, owners of Buttonwood Farm.
Sheppard has kept his mares and foals at Buttonwood Farm for a number of years, and a few years ago the Moorheads, who loved watching the foals playing on their farm, decided it would be fun to have some of their own to watch on their farm.
Laura Chapot wins Lake Placid Grand Prix, Jimmy Torano wins Hunter Derby
By Staff Writers
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot capped a huge week at Lake Placid by winning the $100,000 Grand Prix on Thornhill Kate on July 7 at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows.
Laura Chapot on Thornhill KateChapot won featured jumper classes on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as finishing second in a third featured class and winning and placing high in others before winning the Grand Prix.
Seven of 36 entries advanced to the jump-off over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt, and three of the seven then were clean again.
Amber Harte on Cafino, first to go in the jump-off, was clean in 39.725, and Chloe Field on Tess de Jalesnes, second to go, was also clean in 46.978.
Riding her 13-year-old, Irish Sport Horse mare, Chapot was fourth tin the jump-off, and she moved into the lead with a time of 38.996 seconds.
The last rider to try to beat Chapot was two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2017 FEI World Cup champion, McLain Ward, but he had eight faults on his young horse, Upsilon de la Liniere, giving Chapot her fifth Grand Prix win in Lake Placid.
"The Mission", Bank Official Dreams Big, Risks All in New Novel by J. Willard Thompson
By SARA CAVANAGH
COLTS NECK, N.J.--The Mission is a book by top thoroughbred racehorse trainer J. Willard Thompson, who began this book in the 1960s, but it got lost in a move.
Willard Thompson, left, receiving trophyThompson, now 82, returned to the scene of the crime after finding it in a desk drawer.
The Mission is about Jack Perry, who knows he’s a luckier man than most.
He has a terrific job, a beautiful wife, a comfortable home, and not too much stress.
Yet he believes he’s missing out on some element of life that would make him truly successful.
He needs a challenge, a quest with a touch of danger.
The Mission, by Willard ThompsonHe hits upon a plan to rob the very bank he works for – more for his mental health, he reasons, than for improving his wealth.
As he begins to plan the details of the perfect heist, it seems that things are still coming far too easily for him.
But plans are one thing and the execution is another altogether, as Jack is about to find out in this hilarious caper set in the sixties that tackles the age-old question: Just how does one measure success?
A review by its publisher, Dog Ear Publishing, shows how it’s easy to become discontent, even if you apparently have it all.
A loan officer decides to scratch a nagging itch to finally grab the brass ring, but his well-laid plan may not turn out as he hopes.
Set in Garden City, N.Y., in the 1960s, “The Mission” features Jack Perry, a loan officer at a New York City bank.
Norman Dello Joio and Authentic two of four inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--Olympic medalists Norman Dello Joio, individual bronze in Barcelona, and Authentic, Beezie Madden's mount for their team gold medals in Athens and Hong Kong, were two of the four inducted in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show on Thursday, May 31 before the Grand Prix.
Norman Dello Joio, second from the left. (Photo by The Book LLC}The late Hunter Harrison, a devoted sponsor, owner and supporter of U.S. show jumping and puissance record-holder Sympatico were also officially indicted into the Hall at Devon.
Peter Doubleday, Chairman of the Board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., formally inducted the four new members into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame as each was presented with a beautiful, specially inscribed Tiffany crystal bowl.
Three of the four inductees had entries warming up for the Grand Prix while the awards were being given out.
Dello Joio accepted his award as his son, Nick, was warming up in the schooling area as he was riding second in the grand prix.
John Madden accepted on behalf of "Authentic" as Beezie was warming up in the schooling area, getting ready to ride fifth in the grand prix.
Accepting the award on behalf of Harrison was his wife, Jeannie; and his daughter, Cayce as Quentin Judge, Cayce's husband, was warming up in the schooling area as he was riding first in the grand prix.
Accepting the award on behalf of "Sympatico" was Sally Edelman Slater, Sympatico's original rider, and her brother, Sam Edelman, who with Sally, owned the horse.
Sports betting in long prepared Delaware and New Jersey will benefit horsemen
By SARA CAVANAGH
Sports betting has already begun in Delaware and New Jersey, and in both of those states that betting will benefit horsemen.
Gov. Phil MurphyIn both Delaware and New Jersey, officials had been working for years not only to get sports betting but also to have it benefit horsemen.
As the only two states that have been working on getting horsemen a portion of the sports betting dollar, they will probably be the only states in which horsemen will ever benefit.
In Delaware, the horse industry is the fourth largest industry in the state, and horsemen will now receive 9.6 percent of the net revenue from sports betting.
And Delaware has already seen some pretty big days in the volume of sports betting during its first week,but The Horse was unable to find out how much was bet in the first week.
Gov. Phil Murphy officially launched sports betting in New Jersey on Thursday morning, June 14, at at Monmouth Park when he placed a $20 bet.
At the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association on May 23, President Roger Legg said that sports betting in the state could have an adverse affect on horse racing.
"Sports betting will affect the para-mutual handle at race tracks," said Dr. William J. Solomon, who owns Pin Oak Lane Farm, for over 45 years the leading stud farm in Pennsylvania. "Maybe not to soon, but it will."
Pennsylvania lags behind neighboring states in getting a share from legalized sports betting for horsemen
By SARA CAVANAGH
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa--The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association lags far behind horsemen in neighboring states in getting a share of income from what many expect to be a huge infusion of gambling money from recently legalized sports betting.
Some estimates put the amount of sports betting now going on on the black market at $150 billion a year, and states hope that legalized sports betting will bring that revenue into their pockets.
But, under Pennsylvania's current law on sports betting, horsemen won't see a penny of that revenue, which could have a huge negative effect on Pennsylvania horse racing and breeders' awards.
PHBA Executive Secretary Brian Sanfrantello said that unless Pennsylvania casinos, which want the state's takeout lowered, get the law reopened that the PHBA couldn't do anything to get horsemen a piece of the action.
At the moment, it looks doubtful that horsemen will benefit from sports gambling, except on horse racing, in the state, while horsemen in Delaware and New Jersey will get a share of the pie.
Md-bred Still Having Fun and Pa-breds Spring Quality and Prince Lucky win on the undercard of Justify's Belmont Stakes win
By SARA CAVANAGH
ELMONT, N.Y.--Still Having Fun, bred in Maryland by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes and Tim Keefe at Thornmar Farm in Chestertown, profited from a speed duel up front to win the G2, $400,000 Woody Stephens as one of the morning line longshots at 15-1.
Still Having Fun wins the Woody Stephens (Photo by Patricia McQueen)Two Pa-breds won,; George Strawbridge's Augustin Stable's Spring Quality, bred by Strawbridge, won the G1, $1million Manhattan Stakes, and Daniel McConnell's Prince Lucky, bred by Daniel McConnell Sr., won the $150,000 Easy Goer listed Stakes.
In the G1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Justify led every step of the way to become the 13th winner of racing's Triple Crown.
Still Having Fun, by Old Fashioned out of Casual Kiss, by Dehere, comes from a family that was part of the McGinnes' breeding program right from the start, when they first opened Thornmar over 40 years ago.
"We bred Casual Kiss' grand-dam, Foolish Kisses," said Mrs. McGinnes. "She was bought by Dr. Phillip Torsney, who owned Horatius ( a stallion that stood at Thornmar in the 80s). That's going back 40 years.
"Foolish Kisses was the dam of BushelandaPeck, and she was the dam of Casual Kiss. Dr. Torsney was in ill health, so he gave us back Foolish Kisses and BushelandaPeck. BushelandaPeck was unraced because of a bone cyst.
DEVON, Pa.--The $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, the first international show jumping competition at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday evening, provided spectators with an absolutely thrilling jump-off.
Ali Wolff on Casall (Photo by The Book LLC)From a starting field of 32, 11 went clean to make the jump-off, and with the first four riders in the ring, the lead changed hands with every horse until Daniel Bluman, riding Bacara d'Archonfosse for Israel, set a time of 36.16 that held the top spot until the second to last rider in the ring.
But four horses later, local favorite Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., had the crowd cheering as he just missed beating Bluman's time as he finished in 36.61 on Mark Q, good enough to place third.
Riding for Ireland, Babington and his own Mark Q are no strangers to the winner’s circle at Devon, having won the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon twice.
Next in the ring was Ali Wolff on Casall, and she surprised herself with a very fast, winning time of 35.75.
Doc Cebu wins featured $35,000 Willowdale Timber race
By SARA CAVANAGH
UNIONVILLE, Pa.-- Doc Cebu won the featured $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase amateur timber stakes by 2 1/2 lengths over Pured It and Monstaleur on a damp and very chilly day with misty rain and occasional downpours.
Charlie Fenwick and Jack Fisher on a dark and chilly day at WillowdaleDespite the cold and rain, there was a large and very enthusiastic crowd of spectators, with cars filling virtually every available parking space and kids riding stick horses and playing games.
Doc Cebu, owned by Charles C. Fenwick, Jr., Michael Hankin and Charles Noell, trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Hadden Frost, also won this race last year.
Armata Stable's Grand Manon, trained by William Meister and ridden by Chris Gracie, went out to a big early lead, but he lost his rider on the second circuit of the three mile race, leaving the lead to Black and Blue Stable's Monstaleur, trained and ridden by Forrest Kelly.
Doc Cebu took command after the horses emerged from the woods at the top of the hill for the last time, and Sycamore Run Farm's Pured It, trained by Katherine Neilson and ridden by Eddie Keating, moved up through the stretch to place second.
"It was a shame Grand Manon lost his rider," said Fenwick. "Doc Cebu jumped well."
When he first started his career as a jumper, Doc Cebu was owned solely by Fenwick, who is also in partnership with Hankin and Noell in Bruton Street-US.
Fenwick said he decided last summer that, seeing as he was in the Bruton Street-US partnership, that Doc Cebu should also be owned in partnership, but that, instead of Bruton Street-US being named as owner, Doc Cebu would run in his name.
"He's a riches to rags to riches story," said Fenwick of the 8-year-old by Hard Spun out of a Jade Hunter mare. "He was very highly thought of as a 2-year-old. "But, racing on the flat, he ended up at Charlestown, exhausted."
That was when Fenwick got him and tried him over fences.
"He's won seven races for us," said Fenwick. "He's a tough customer. He has a lot of personality. I love him, but I don't trust him. He'll bite you, and he might kick you,"
"We tried to fox hunt him, but that didn't do," said Fenwick. "He seems to love this. He tries really hard."
The Pet category of The Horse's Photo Contest was hugely popular, with both the contestants and, in particular, the readers of The Horse loving it, so The Horse is running another contest for pet owners.
Send in your story about your pet along with a photo of the pet.
The story can be as long or as short as you want, and it can be about how you got your pet, why it is special or anything else you want to say.
The stories and photos will be published beginning June 1, and, as they come in, additional stories and photos will be published in a special section.
Pets can be anything that normally is accepted as a pet, but horses will also be included as pets.
The combination of the story and photo will be judged in July and the first, second and third placed stories will be announced.
Winners will receive a certificate appropriate for framing.
The Brandywine Polo School: “The most fun you can have on 4 legs!”
By Staff Writers
Polo has been termed the "sport of kings”.
However, one does not have to be a king to play this exciting game.
We are fortunate in this area to have the Brandywine Polo Club, which is one of the oldest clubs on the East Coast with a rich history and four tournament- size playing fields as well as a full-size playing arena.
Brandywine Polo Club was started in 1950 by James McHugh, a former intercollegiate player at Yale.
Impressively, only a few short years after the club was established, the Brandywine Polo Club team won the 1956 U.S. Open Polo Championship®.
Brandywine Polo Club is committed to making polo accessible to everyone.
With a polo school that dates back to 1963, the Brandywine Polo School has continued to offer an introductory program that is perfect for anyone interested in pursuing polo regardless of age or experience level.
It’s a relaxed environment that current and former students claim “is the most fun you can have on four legs!”.
They provide safe school horses for every level and their “Orientation to Polo” is a graduated program which covers everything from rules to riding skills, as well as training and safety, which are the foundation for great players.
The season runs from late May through September during which they host Friday Night Polo (gates open at 4:30 pm) and Sunday polo games (gates open at 1:30 pm).
Joe Davies swept the board at the Grand National Steeplechase, winning all three races including the featured Grand National
By SARA CAVANAGH
BUTLER, Md.--Joseph Davies saddled 2016 Maryland Hunt Cup winner Senior Senator, ridden by Eric Poretz, to win the featured $50,000 Grand National Amateur Timber Stakes at the Grand National Steeplechase on April 21, and followed that up with wins in the next two races.
Senior Senator "It was a good day," said Davies.
Senior Senator is nominated for the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 28, but Davies said that he hadn't decided yet if they were going to run him back.
"He had an amazing run yesterday," said Davies on Sunday about Senior Senator's race at the Grand National.
Senior Senator has a history of acting up before a race, often having been permitted to actually saddle outside of the paddock, away from the other horses.
"Some horses freeze before a race," said Davies, who said that wasn't the case with Senior Senator. "He's just exuberant. He wants to get on with it. Just getting him to a race requires expertise and a number of people to tack him up. It can be dangerous."
U.S. 2nd in the Nations Cup in Mexico, improving U.S. chances at making Barcelona Finals
By SARA CAVANAGH
A young and inexperienced team rose to the occasion in Coapexpan, Mexico on April 22 to place second by one fault to Canada, giving the U.S. a big boost going into Langley, Canada, which is the third and final Nations Cup qualifier for the Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona this fall.
The U.S. Nations Cup team in Mexico "Our situation for Barcelona was enhanced by this young team," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. "We had been worried about Mexico fielding a strong team on their home turf, but they had an unfortunate first round, which helps up going into Langley. Mathematically, we're not qualified, but our situation is better."
Going into Mexico, Canada led with 100 points, U.S., was second with 75 and Mexico was third with 55, so a win by Mexico could have been a big problem for the U.S.
But the Mexicans had a troublesome first round, accumulating 21 faults, and then had three of their riders go clean in the second round to finish third on 21 faults.
Laura Chapot dominates in WEF Leading Open Jumper Rider Circuit Championship, while Robert Matz won the Junior Sportsmanship Award
By SARA CAVANAGH
WELLINGTON, FLA.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., rode the Circuit Champions in two divisions at the 12 week long Winter Equestrian Festival and dominated the Championship in the Leading Open Jumper Rider category.
Laura Chapot on Out of Ireland (Photo by Sportfot)Chapot scored 1,299 point to win the Leading Rider award, while her nearest competitor had 622 points.
Chapot has now been Leading Open Jumper Rider at WEG for nine of the past 11 years, an incredible record.
"It's a nice honor to win that award again," said Chapot. "It's a nice way to cap off the season."
Chapot rode her mother Mary's homebred Zealous to the championship in 1.40m jumpers, and she rode Umberto, also owned by Mary, to the championship in 1.35m jumpers.
She was also fourth in 1.40m jumpers and 20th in 1.45m. jumpers on Out of Ireland, and seventh on Thornhill Kate in 1.35m. jumpers and 12th in 1.40 m. jumpers.
Laura Graves on Verdades posted a personal best in the Freestyle at the World Cup but had to settle for second behind Isabell Werth
By SARA CAVANAGH
PARIS, France--Laura Graves on Verdades posted a personal best of 89.082 in the dressage Freestyle at the World Cup on April 14, but finished just 1.5 points behind the reigning World Cup Final champion Isabell Werth of Germany on Weihegold OLD, who scored a 90.657 percent.
Laura Graves on Verdades With the FEI World Cup Dressage Final title on the line, Graves of Geneva, Fla., and Verdades defended their 2017 second-place finish on Saturday evening in the Freestyle to Music in Paris.
Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB finished third on a score of 83.725 percent.
“I am very proud,” said Graves. “It feels like first place, and the horse won’t know the difference, that’s for sure. Now I have a little homework in my book bag, and we will take that back and be prepared for the next time. I have to pay respect to my horse because without these top horses who want to do the job for us, who want to learn, who allow us to learn with them, none of this would be possible.”
The atmosphere was electric as first Graves, and then Werth, put on a show for the ecstatic French crowd.
Sanna Neilson saddled Kings Apollo to win the Open Timber at the Fair Hill Point-to-Point
By SARA CAVANAGH
FAIR HILL, Md.--In a duel down the stretch, Kings Apollo (GB) finished in the time of 6:08 for the three miles to win by about 2 lengths over Durer, while Devil's Brew was another couple of lengths further back.
Dressed for the cold, Sanna Neilson at Fair HillOwned by Stewart Strawbridge, trained by Sanna Neilson and ridden by Gerard Galligan, Kings Apollo waited until the final fence to make his move, overtaking first Devil's Brew, owned and trained by Elizabeth C. Korrell and ridden by Graham Watters, and then Wits End Stable LLC's Durer, trained by William Dowling and ridden by Evan Dwan.
Rosbrian Farm's Class Brahms, trained by Tara Elmore and ridden by Mark Beecher, fell midway through the race.
"Kings Apollo had a quiet run at Cheshire," said Neilson. "I felt he was not quite fit enough to run there, but I wanted to get a race in him."
"He jumped really well," said Neilson. "I loved the way Gerard rode him. We may go to Winterthur next. Dixon (Stroud) wants me to go to Willowdale, but I'm thinking Winterthur. He won there last year."
Fair Hill suffered from a terrible weather day that cut way back on its attendance.