With one steeplechase meet left on the 2017 calendar, JACK FISHER is uncatchable as both Leading Trainer - Races Won, with 25 wins from 116 starts, and Leading Trainer - Money Won, with $1,319,900.
Fisher has had a number of wins in meets during the last three weeks, including winning the G1, $400,000 Grand National Hurdle Stakes on Oct. 21 at the Far Hills Race Meeting in Far Hills, N.J., with Mr. Hot Stuff, who beat Modem and All the Way Jose by a nose and a nose.
"Mr. Hot Stuff is obviously a quality horse," said Fisher. "He ran in the Derby. He was pulled up in the Iroquois. We were going to do a race at Saratoga, but he was shod the day before, and he got pricked. At Belmont (in the Lonesome Glory), we were just setting him up for Far Hills."
MR. HOT STUFF, now owned by Mrs. S.K. Johnston and ridden in the Grand National by Danny Mullins, in 2009, when he was owned by WinStar Farm, ran in both the Kentucky Derby, where he finished 15th of 19 starters, and the Belmont Stakes, where he finished eighth of 10 starters.
At the International Gold Cup in The Plains, Va., on Oct. 28, Fisher saddled Bruton Street-US' Preseli Rock, ridden by Hadden Frost, to win the $40,000 Steeplethon Timber Stakes by 7 lengths.
"Bruton Street bought Preseli Rock in Europe," said Fisher. "We ran him in the Gold Cup in the spring, and he went off course, but he ran well. He's a nice horse. Hopefully, he'll be a Maryland Hunt Cup horse."
He also trains Charles C. Fenwick's Doc Cebu, who comfortably won the $75,000 International Gold Cup Timber Stakes by 11 3/4 lengths, ridden by Frost.
"We ran Doc Cebu twice over hurdles, and he won twice, but Charlie wanted a timber horse, so we changed him to timber," said Fisher. "Doc Cebu was eligible for the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, but we didn't run him there because we thought it was a little too much for a first year timber horse. He's a lovely horse."
Then at the Steeplechase at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Ga., on Nov, 4, the Fisher-trained Dye Fore, owned by Mrs. Johnston and ridden by McDermott won the $25,000 CB&T Cup Open Timber by 6 1/4 lengths.
"Dye Fore is a decent enough horse," said Fisher. "He's been second and third a lot, and he finally broke through to win down there, which was good."
Also at Callaway, Motivational, trained by Fisher, owned by Riverdee Stable and ridden by McDermott, won the $25,000 Standard Concrete Allowance Flat race by 1 1/4 lengths
RICKY HENDRIKS is currently second in Trainer - Races Won, with 13 wins from 53 starts, and fourth in Money Won, with $443,800.
Hendriks saddled Zanjabeel (GB), recently bought by Rosbrian Farm and ridden by Ross Geraghty, to win the $75,000 Aflac Supreme Novice Hurdle Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths at Steeplechase at Callaway, beating Ice It, owned by DASH Stable, trained by Fisher and ridden by McDermott.
This was exactly the same order of finish as in the $125,000 Foxbrook Champion Novice Hurdle at Far Hills, when Zanjabeel, running in his first race in this country, was owned by The Confidence Partnership, trained by Gordon Elliot and ridden by Jack Kennedy, won by 2 3/4 lengths over Ice It.
In the previous race at Callaway, Sixty Five (Fr), trained by Hendriks, owned by Rosbrian Farm and ridden by Geraghty, won the $30,000 Crown Royal Maiden Hurdle by 2 lengths.
Also on Nov. 4, at the Montpelier Steeplechase in Montpelier Station, Va., Disobedience, trained by Hendriks, owned by Debra E. Kachel and ridden by Michael Mitchell, won the $15,000 Battleship Maiden Claiming Hurdle by 6 lengths.
JONATHAN SHEPPARD currently stands third in both Races Won, with 11 wins from 83 starts, and Money Won, with $462,400.
At Far Hills, Sheppard saddled Hudson River Farms' Snuggling, ridden by Gerard Galligan, to win the $60,000 Gladstone 3-year-old Hurdle Stakes, but, after a claim of foul, Snuggling was disqualified to place third behind Menacing Dennis, trained by Julie Gomena, who is 10th in Money Won with $169,400, owned by Bonnie Rye Stables and ridden by Mark Watts.
In Aiken, the Sheppard-trained Expecting, owned by Rosbrian Farm and ridden by Geraghty, won the $20,000 Filly & Mare Maiden Hurdle by 3/4 lengths.
ELIZABETH H. VOSS is second on the Money Won list with $514,950 and fifth in Races Won, with nine wins from 57 starts.
At Far Hills, she saddled Richard A. Kinsley's Lyonell, ridden by Jack Doyle, to win the $50,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle by 5 1/2 lengths.
At the Gold Cup, the Voss-trained Barnacle Bill (Ire), owned by The Fields Stable and ridden by Jack Doyle, won the $40,000 Maiden Hurdle by 7 1/4 lengths.
NEIL MORRIS is fourth in Races Won, with 10 wins from 35 starts, and seventh in Money Won, with $217,750.
At Aiken, he trained Cognashene, owned by Pathfinder Racing and ridden by Bernard Dalton, to win the $20,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup Ratings Handicap by 1/2 length.
At Montpelier, Morris saddled Thomas A. Hulfish's Swellegant, ridden by Mitchell, to win the $25,000 Constitution Maiden Hurdle by 4 1/2 lengths, and Pathfinder Racing's Holiday Mousse, ridden by Barry Foley, to win the $15,000 Battleship Maiden Claiming, also by 4 1/2 lengths.
LESLIE F. YOUNG is sixth in Races Won, with eight wins from 51 starts, and fifth in Money Won, with $320,350.
At Far Hills, Lady Blanco, owned by Amy Taylor Rowe and ridden by Paul Townsend, won the $75,000 Peapack Filly and Mare Hurdle Stakes for Young by 6 lengths.
At Montpelier, Rowe's Lady Blanco won again, this time ridden by Darren Nagle in the $25,000 Montpelier Cup Filly and Mare Allowance Hurdle by 1 length, and Mercoeur, owned by Michael A. Smith and ridden by Nagle, won the $35,000 Noel Lang Hurdle Handicap by 2 lengths.
RICHARD L. VALENTINE, seventh is Races Won, with seven wins from 61 starts, and eighth in Money Won, with $206,400, trains Augustin Stables' Life Said, ridden to victory by Shane Crimin in the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle by 3/4 length at Aiken.
Other winners were Welcome Here Farm's Where's The Beef, trained by Ivan Dowling and ridden by Mark Beecher, in the $50,000 New Jersey Hunt Cup Timber Stakes at Far Hills.
At Aiken, White Cape, owned by Wendy Douglass, trained by Desmond Fogerty and ridden by Dalton, won the $25,000 Maiden Hurdle by 2 1/2 lengths, and at Montpelier, Todd Wyatt saddled Bruton Street-US' Bishop's Castle, ridden by Mitchell, to win the $20,000 Madison Plate Ratings Handicap Hurdle by 6 1/4 lengths.