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Monday, August 19, 2019

Todd Wyatt trains three winners at Piedmont Point-to-Point

UPPERVILLE, Va.--Todd Wyatt of Monkton, Md., trained the winners of three of the five races he entered at the Piedmont Point-to-Point on March 24, and his horses finished second in the other two.

Wyatt saddle Armata Stables' Rudyard K., ridden by Brett Owings, to win the second division of the George Robert Slater Memorial Maiden Timber race by 3/4 of a length.

""We've had Rudyard K. for a few years," said Wyatt. "He won over hurdles. He won an allowance race over hurdles at Saratoga. Then he had a couple of falls, and he lost his way over hurdles. We started hunting him, and this was his first start this year."

In the first division of the Maiden Timber, Biedermeier, owned by Riverdee Stable, trained by Wyatt and ridden by Mark Beecher, lost by a head to Formidable Heart, owned by Thomas A. Hulfish III, trained by Neil Morris and ridden by Darren Nagle.


IN THE THIRD race, the C. Reed Thomas, MFH Memorial Amateur and Novice Rider Timber, Wyatt's wonderful old campaigner, Blair Wyatt's Witor (Ger), ridden by Eric Poretz, led for most of the race and won easily by 2 1/2 lengths.

"He's always shown promise," said Wyatt. "He won over timber at Fair Hill and Willowdale last year. This was his first start this year."

Owings rode Peter A. Jay's Prime Prospector for Wyatt in the Foxhunter Timber to win by 3 lengths.

"We've had this horse for a few years," said Wyatt, "He won over hurdles, but this is his fourth season over timber. He's won a couple of sanctioned timber races. He won at Willowdale last year. This was his first start this year."

Wyatt's wife Blair rode Ann Jackson's Raven's Choice, trained by Wyatt, to place second by 3 lengths to Sweet Talking Guy, owned, trained and ridden by Eric Swope, in the Thomas M. Beach and Virginia A. Beach Memorial Lady Rider Timber.

Wyatt said he was going to give all five a few weeks off and wasn't sure where he'd run them back.

Morris saddled Sara E. Collette's Zanclus to win the Rokeby Challenge Bowl Open Timber by 12 lengths over Old Timer, owned by Kinross Farm, trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by McLane Hendriks.

In the Pony races, Austin Belt rode Emmy Low to win the Small, and Teddy Davies won both the Medium and Large on Count Chocula and Bailey.

King of the Road, owned by Ellerslie Farm and trained and ridden by Jeff Murphy, won the Maiden Flat, Amigo, owned by Julie Nettere and trained and ridden by Zoe Valvo, won the Open Flat, and Balistes, owned by Collette, trained by Morris and ridden by Nagle, won the Virginia Bred/Sired Flat race.


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