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Jockey Jose Ortiz won three of the four MATCH Series races at Delaware Park (2)

WILMINGTON, Del.--A stirring battle between two division rivals, a victory by a shipper from Northeast Ohio and a big day for jockey Jose Ortiz capped the return of the MATCH Series to Delaware Park as part of its Delaware Handicap Day program on July 13.

Delaware Park, a longtime host of MATCH competition, was the third of five stops for the 2019 MATCH Series, which will move to Parx Racing Sept. 2 and conclude at Monmouth Park Sept. 28.

The Dashing Beauty Stakes for 3-Year-Olds and Up, Fillies and Mares Sprint–Dirt Division began the four race series.

Bronx Beauty Match SeriesBronx Beauty  beats Ms Locust PointThe $100,000 Dashing Beauty Stakes produced the awaited rematch between the one-two finishers in the June 1 Penn Ladies Dash at Penn National between 2W Stables’ Bronx Beauty and and Jim Reichenberg and Cash is King’s Ms Locust Point, and it produced a similar result.

Ms Locust Point, with Jorge Vargas Jr. riding, took command from the start and led through fast fractions with Bronx Beauty, the slight favorite, not far behind.

The leader drifted out a bit in the stretch and Bronx Beauty switched to the inside, slowly gained on Ms Locust Point and beat her to the finish to win by a neck in 1:09.59 for six furlongs on a track rated fast. Le Weekend finished third.

 

ORTIZ, WHO was in town primarily to ride Elate in the $750,000, G2 Delaware Handicap, which she won for the second consecutive year, was on Bronx Beauty for the first time.

“It was a great match race, especially because of the way they went at it last time,” Ortiz said.

“That was a tough battle, but we knew that coming in,” said Richard Woll, who owns Bronx Beauty with his wife, Marion. “We knew she was capable of winning. These races get tougher and tougher, but that makes for good horse races. We’re proud of the horse, proud of our trainer, Anthony Margotta Jr., and who could have done better than Ortiz?

“We’re looking forward to the next MATCH stakes, and we’d be glad to see Ms Locust Point there.”

John Servis, who trains Ms Locust Point said the owners are fans of the MATCH Series and plan to race the mare at Parx, where she is stabled and has multiple victories.

Ms Locust Point and Last TruebLove, who was fifth after a bad stumble at the start, both qualified for bonus money in the Dashing Beauty.

With her second-place finish, Ms Locust Point retains the division lead with 24 points, followed by Bronx Beauty with 20.

 

CAPLA TEMPTRESS, owned by Juddmonte Farms, saved ground early in the $100,000 Just a Kiss Stakes (Filly and Mare Long—Turf Division) at 1 1/16 miles but circled most of the field entering the stretch and edged away to win by one length to give Ortiz his second win of the day. Lift Up allied from last to take second, with Quick Whitted third.

Capla Temptress Match seriesCapla Temptress The final time was 1:44.35 on a course rated firm.

Capla Temptress, who late last year won the G3 My Charmer Stakes at Gulfstream Park, is trained by Bill Mott, and his assistant, Neil Poznansky, was on hand at Delaware Park.

“She has been running in good company and came into the race training really good,” he said. “Jose did a great job getting her covered up.”

“It was very good trip,” Ortiz said. “The main thing was to cover her up early. She relaxed, was comfortable, and was handling the ground well. When I asked her she responded.”

There are now four tied at the top of the division standings, each with 10 points, after the third round: Capla Temptress, Enchanter Ghost, Secret Message and Dynatail, who was entered in the Just a Kiss but scratched.

 

THE $100,000 Hockessin Stakes for 3-Year-Olds and Up, Sprint—Dirt Division at six furlongs had the potential for a speed duel, but it didn’t materialize.

Altissimo Match sereisAltissimo Nancy Lavrich and Robert Zielinski’s 6-year-old Ohio-bred Altissimo quickly took the lead and expanded it in the lane to win by 5 ½ lengths over favored No Dozing, owned by Lael Stable, and Always Sunshine, who won the Hockessin last year, finished third. The final time was 1:09.31.

Altissimo won for the 16th time in 36 starts and cleared the $600,000 mark in earnings.

He shipped to Delaware from Thistledown Racino, where is based, but previously won a 1 1/16-mile state-bred stakes on the grass at Belterra Park near Cincinnati.

“We focused on the races in Ohio this year, but there are gaps in the schedule, so we looked for something between the Ohio stakes,” Richard Zielinski said. “This was one of them. There is one in August but then not another one until October, so it’s possible Altissimo could return.”

“He’s a very nice horse,” said Altissimo’s rider, Christian Pilares. “I’m very confident when I ride him, and Richie has trained him well.”

The division leader remains Laki, who didn’t race at Delaware Park, with 13 points. Altissimo and Midtowncharlybrown are tied each with 10.

 

ORTIZ GOT his third MATCH Series win of the afternoon with Parlor in the $100,000 Glasgow Stakes for  3-Year-Olds and Up, Sprint—Turf Division, at 7 ½ furlongs.

Parlor Match seriesParlor Owned by Anderson Stables, Parlor shipped from Churchill Downs to get his first victory since May 2018 in Kentucky.

Five-year-old Parlor, the heavy favorite, rated in fourth early, snuck up the rail in the stretch and won by a length over Abiding Star, who led for most of the way. Paret was third, and the final time was 1:31.17.

The winner is trained by Eddie Keannelly. Plans for the gelding will be firmed up after he returns to Churchill Downs.

Completed Pass, the division leader with 15 points, broke slowly and failed to mount a rally in the Glasgow but did, however, qualify for MATCH Series bonus money with his third series start.

Series bonus money totals $75,000 per division, with $45,000 for owners and $30,000 for trainers for the top three horses based on points.

Virginian Addison Reed wins gold medal in Zones 3 & 4 1.20/1.25m Jumpers (2)

MECHANICSVILLE, Va--Addison Reed, 14 of Mechanicsville, won the gold medal in Zones 3 and 4 1.20m/1.25m jumper competition on July 13 with no faults over three days.

Addison Reed on GoliathAddison Reed on GoliathRiding Goliath, the 14-year-old Reed had no faults at all over three days to capture the gold medal in the 1.20/1.25m Junior Individual section.

Tied at eight faults each, 17-year-old Madison Jones of Longwood, Fla., on Bijoux Z, and 13-year-old Natalie Pedley of Wellington, Fla., riding True Blue Mate, jumped-off for the silver and bronze medals.

Pedley captured Silver with a clean jump-off ride, with Jones rounding out the top three.

Reed was reeling.

“The last three days have been a bit of a blur," she said. "I woke up this morning and thought it was Friday! It’s gone by really fast. The week was organized really well this year, and it's been a lot of fun.”

“The courses all week have been awesome and super fun," said Reed.." Bernardo (Costa Cabral of Portugal) is an awesome course designer.”

 

REED IS trained by her mother Sulu Rose-Reed.

And Reed’s grandmother, Gail Thompson, also an accomplished equestrian, was one of the Zone 3 chefs d’equipe this week.

“It’s in the blood,” Thompson said.

From jumping-off for medals in every section, to sisters celebrating gold and silver, to earning a birthday gold, it was an amazing final day for the individuals competing in the USHJA Zones 3 & 4 Jumper Team Championships at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the top contenders in five sections rode for a position on the podium and the competition was fierce.

FEI Course Designer Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal set Championship-caliber tracks that were challenging but fair, resulting in a jump-off for medals at each height.

Christina Webb of Bahama, N.C., on FVF Sailor Man, won the 1.30/1.35m Junior gold medal with Roberto Teran, 71 of Wellington, Fla., taking silver on Arnac Du Mazes.

Two were tied for third, Judy Sutton on Win a Date, and 2018 Gold Medalist Katlynn Butler on Marvel, and with a clear jump-off, Butler of Mechanicsville, Va., won the bronze medal.

With a perfect score over three days, Mackenize McGehee of Jacksonville, Fla., on Fiona Van’t Paradijs won the Individual gold medal in the 1.20/1.25m Amateur Jumper Championship.

Three riders, who after three days each had a final score of four faults, jumped-off for the silver and bronze medals.

Mackenzie’s older sister, Ashley Ann McGehee of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on Mr. Snuffleupagus was the only clear of the three to earn silver.

Winning the bronze as the fastest four-fault ride in the jump-off was Taylor Harpman of Manakin Sabot, Va., riding Kablesse V/D Donkhoeve.

Amateur rider Diana Harris of Creedmoor, N.C., had a wonderful week riding Flair WS to not one but two gold medals.

After helping to clinch the gold in the team competition, Harris was leading as she went into her final round of the 1.10/1.15m Adult Section

Not folding under the pressure, she rode a smooth track to earn the top spot on the podium with a perfect three day score of zero faults.

She was also celebrating not just her birthday, but her husband's as well as the couple were born on the same day!

 

 

Ashley Stout, 13, died July 11 following a riding accident (2)

The following article is reprinted from U.S. Eventing Association.

Ashley Stout passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, following an accident while riding at Standing Ovation Equestrian Center (SOEC) in Halfmoon Township, Pa.

Ashley StoutAshley Stout at the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.Stout was 13 years old.

In an interview with The Centre Daily Times, SOEC owner Adam Armstrong said, “Stout was riding her horse, Avant Garde, about 9:20 a.m. when the two were involved in a rotational fall. The horse landed on top of Stout, broke [his] neck and was euthanized.”

Stout was transported by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to Port Matilda EMS.

Stout joined the USEA in 2016 and had actively been eventing for the last three years.

In 2017, she won the Junior Beginner Novice Under 14 division at the USEA American Eventing Championships riding Deo Volente. The pair finished on their dressage score of 19.8.

 

STOUT began riding Avant Garde in the spring of 2018 and the pair had zero cross-country penalties in their 15 USEA starts together.

Avant Garde was a 7-year-old Westphalian gelding by A la Carte out of Mensa who evented through the Training level with Holly Payne Caravella before Stout purchased him.

Stout and Avant Garde won the Junior/Young Rider Open Training division at the N.J. Region’s Horse Trial in June and most recently finished second in the Preliminary/Training division at the Bucks County Horse Park H.T.

Stout was recently selected to ride on the Area II Young Rider Training Three-Day team traveling to The Event at Rebecca Farm later this month.

She was also planning to groom for the Area II North American Youth Championships (NAYC) team.

The USEA Area II Young Rider program is promoting the use of the hashtag #ride4Ashley in Stout’s memory for the upcoming Championships and beyond.

Stout is survived by her parents, Susan and Craig, and family.

Friends will be received from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Koch Funeral Home (2401 S. Atherton Street, State College, Pa.).

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (867 Grays Woods Blvd, Port Matilda, Pa.) with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Area II Young Riders Program in Stout's name.

 

Michael Dickinson has Stakes winner, Motion, Sheppard, Hendriks and Houghton saddle winners (2)

NORTH EAST, Md.--Michael Dickinson saddled Augustin Stable's Pamina to win the $125,000 G3 Ontario Matron Stakes on July 13.

Pamina 2019 Ontario Matron 615x400 origPamina wins the 2019 Ontario Matron Dickinson, whose Tapeta Farm in North East has two turf and two Tapeta tracks, has trained the 4-year-old mare since she was a 2-year-old, and this is her fourth win from 10 starts and her first stakes victory.

"Two weeks ago, Pamina had a breeze that didn't go so well," said Dickinson. "That gave us a bit of a scare, and I didn't know whether to send her all the way to Canada if she wasn't right, so I gave her one more breeze."

"My exercise riders are Adam Davidson and Fiona Fox," said Dickinson. "I put them under pressure. I told them they had to decide if she was ready to go to Canada, and they said `Absolutely send her'. So they were a little nervous at the start, but they were sure she was going to do well."

Augustin Stable is owned by George Strawbridge, and Dickinson said he and his wife Julia have three horses with him.

 

"I HAVE Lift Up and Theodora B as well as Pamina," said Dickinson. "They're fantastic to train. They're all tryers. In the winter, they go back to the Strawbridges' farm where they're turned out in a 120 acre field with 10 or 12 other horses. So they run around, and they come back bigger, stronger and sounder than ever."

By Street Cry  (Ire) out of Pamona Ball, by Perfectly Pleasant, Pamina won a maiden special weigh tin 2017, in 2018 she won an allowance race and placed second in the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington, and this year she won an allowance prior to winning the Ontario Matron, and she now has career earnings of $189,271.

Dickinson said he was looking for another graded stakes for her next start.

The Strawbridges had a second winner the next day when Augustin Stable's homebred Vanenka, trained by Graham Motion, won a $92,000 Allowance Optional Claiming race at Saratoga on July 14.

By Ghostzapper put of Dynamic Cat, by Dynaformer, Varenka won the 1 1/16 mile turf race by a neck after swinging five wide into the stretch and digging in gamely for the win at the wire.

Motion also saddled another of Augustin Stable's horse, Tobago, to win a $42,000 Allowance race at Laurel on July 11.

Tobago won the 5 furlong turf race by 3/4 of a length.

 

JONATHAN SHEPPARD saddled Hudson River Farm's Another Try to win a $30,000 Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle on July 9.

Bred by Sheppard and Hudson River Farms, Another Try, by Redeemed out of Let's Canoodle, by Oh Say, won the 6 furlong race by 3 lengths.

Ricky Hendriks saddled Rosbrian Farm's Veneer of Charm (Ire) to win a $36,000, 1 1/16 mile turf race Allowance race at Delaware Park on July 13.

Veneer of Charm saved ground at the back of the pack around the first turn, advanced through the back stretch, swung three wide into the stretch, drove to the lead through the stretch and won under a mild drive.

Bernie Houghton saddled Robin H. Perry's homebred Roses for Ruby to win a $14,400 Claiming race for $10,000 claimers at Penn National on July 11.

Roses for Ruby, a pa-bred by Great Notion out of Sack of Rubies, by Unbridled Jet, won the 5 furlong turf race by a nose.

 

 

 

Young U.S. team fourth in Falsterbo Nations Cup (2)

FALSTERBO, Sweden--The U.S. Jumping Team placed fourth  at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup at the Falsterbo Horse Show on July 14.

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Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the team consisted of Eve Jobs, Wilton Porter, Chloe Reid, and Catherine Tyree.

“We had the youngest team out there by a mile," said Ridland. "We were up against some real teams with big guns. For the European teams, it’s a qualifier for the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona and no one was letting up. We aim for the podium every time ,and we could have been there. We definitely had a good day. They held themselves up very admirably, and we’re pleased with how the day turned out.”

The young team from the United States of America was led by Jobs of Los Altos Hills, Calif., who turned 21 five days ago.

Riding her own Venue d’Fees des Hazalles, a 14-year-old Belgian Sport Horse mare, Jobs put in a spectacular double-clear performance.

“She did not disappoint today,” said Ridland. “It’s confirmed pretty obviously why she’s on the Pan American team. Those were two great back-to-back rounds. I’m pretty happy about that. She was a big part of today’s team, and it was a great set up for Lima a few weeks from now.”

 

“MY HORSE jumped amazing today," said Jobs. "It always gives you confidence when you go clear, but with a Nations Cup format of two rounds of equal importance, you have to focus and try and produce another clear.”

“She is such an unbelievable animal,” said Jobs of the mare she has ridden for two years. “In a big atmosphere, she grows and rises to the occasion. Having her be so focused and on it has really helped me focus on riding the best I can. It’s given me a lot of confidence.”

Falsterbo was Jobs’ third senior Nations Cup team and the second time she and her horse recorded double-clear performances.

She will head to Lima, Peru, for the Pan American Games in three weeks.

“It’s the best preparation I could ask for going into Pan Ams,” she said. “I have some great forward momentum. Hopefully, I can keep it up.”

The team pathfinder in Falsterbo was 25-year-old Porter of Wellington, Fla.

Riding Caletto Cabana, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Porter had four faults in the first round and returned for five faults in round two.

Catherine Tyree, also 25, of Chicago, Ill., on Bokai, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding, had scores of four and eight in the two rounds of jumping.

Anchor rider Chloe Reidof Wellington, Fla., at just 22 years old, has had experience in Sweden, having ridden on the team and contributed a double clear when the U.S. last competed in Falsterbo in 2017.

Riding Luis P, a 10-year-old Deutches Sportpferd gelding, Reid had four faults in the first round but returned for a clear round in round two.

Following the first round, the team from the United States of America sat in fifth place on eight faults, just two rails away from the leading team from Sweden, that totaled zero faults in round one.

Finishing on a total of 13 faults, the team moved up to fourth place in the final standings behind the winning team from Sweden that thrilled the hometown crowd by winning on just four faults.

Switzerland finished on five faults for second, and Italy rws third with nine faults.

Jenni Autry named Managing Director of Eventing (2)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--Jenni Autry 0f Kennett Square has been appointed as Managing Director of Eventing, taking over from Joanie Morris.

Jenni AutrJenni AutryAutry will relocate to Lexington, Ky., and will take over the role formally on Aug. 10, but she will start transitioning into the role on July 15.

Autry is well known in the eventing world through her role as managing editor of Eventing Nation.

Autry will cease all journalist responsibilities with immediate effect and will also cease her freelance roles with other organizations and individuals.

“We are very excited to welcome Jenni to the eventing Managing Director role and very conscious of what a huge role she will be taking on,” said Will Connell, US Equestrian’s Director of Sport. “Jenni will thus need, and receive, a great deal of support as she establishes herself in this role."

"The process of identifying the Managing Director has included three rounds of interviews that have allowed a wide range of stakeholders to pose questions to applicants," said Connell. "Often wrongly perceived as being solely about the senior eventing team and Elite Program, the Managing Director has to lead in a wide plethora of areas, as well as develop effective working relationships with a large number of stakeholders within and outside the USEF."

 

 

"JENNI'S detailed knowledge of eventing and her success building Eventing Nation will stand her in good stead, but she will now need to look at the sport through very different lenses." said Connell. "As part of the process of helping Jenni establish herself in the role, we will closely examine roles, responsibilities, and management structures across the Programs and the Team. Jenni has all the professional and personal skills necessary to take this role on, and I look forward to working closely with her over the coming months.”

“As I close the door on my journalism career, I am excited to become the USEF Managing Director of Eventing,” Autry said. “Every day will be committed to continuing the work of implementing the Strategic Plan, ensuring the success of the Pathway Program, and creating sustainable success in U.S. Eventing for many years to come. This job reaches far beyond High Performance, and there are big shoes to fill. I am eager to hit the road to speak with key stakeholders who will play a critical role in growing the sport and ultimately getting the U.S. back on the podium.”

US Equestrian recognized the enormous contribution and commitment to eventing that Joanie Morris has given since taking on the role in 2012.

Her dedication to the well-being and success of the horses, athletes, grooms, team staff, and owners has earned her the respect of the eventing community.

US Equestrian wishes her good luck and good fortune for the future.

Morris will be handing over the reins immediately after the Pan American Games in Lima, where she will be the Eventing Team Leader.

 

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