Hendriks saddled three winners at Aiken, Sheppard had winners at Charleston and Carolina Cup
- April 25, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
Ricky Hendriks trained three winners at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase in Aiken, S.C., on March 25, including his Mother Wendy’s Any Given Royal in the first division of the $25,000 Imperial Cup maiden race and Wendy’s Surprising Soul in the second division.
Ridden by Ross Geraghty, Any Given Royal won by 3 ½ lengths over Aflutter, owned by Hudson River Farms, trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Sean McDermott.
Surprising Soul won by 23 ¼ lengths over Jesse O, owned by Flying Horse Farm LLC, trained by Jazz Napravnik and ridden by Willie McCarthy.
“We went to a sale in Kentucky in February last year to buy a filly, which we did,” said Wendy. “I saw Surprising Soul out of his stall, and I said,`I have to have this horse.’”
We looked at his pedigree and vet papers and decided to buy him,” said Wendy.
“We ran him on the flat at Penn National, and he won a race and was second twice,” Wendy said. “Then we started him over fences at Middleburg and he was second, and then he was second in the Gold Cup, just beaten.”
“Number one son had him ready for Aiken,” said Wendy. “Ross said he thought he was a pretty good horse.”
“We got Any Given Royal from Canada last summer,” said Hendriks. “He ran twice last fall.”
Any Given Royal was stakes placed in Canada, running on the flat there from 2012 to 2016, before the Hendriks got him.
Ricky also saddled Winter House (GB), owned by Rosbrian Farm and ridden by Geraghty, to win the 1 ¼ mile Training Flat race.
Janet Elliot trained Christopher Elser’s Full of Joy, ridden by Keith Dalton, to win the 1 mile Training Flat.
Indy’s Legacy, owned by Thistledown Farm, trained by Desmond Fogarty and ridden by McCarthy, won the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle.