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Linda Corvani wins the gold medal in Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships (2)

SAUGERTIES, N.Y.--Linda Corvari of Long Valley, N.J., riding Surfside, won the individual gold medal on Sept. 2, the final day of the Zones 1 and 2 Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships at HITS in Saugerties.

Linda CorvaniLinda Corvani on SurfsideAfter the three phases, an under saddle, a classic hunter derby-style course and a handy hunter course, Corvari won her second gold medal in two days.

She was also part of the winning Pink Team on Saturday in an innovative team competition.

Corvari won the individual gold with the highest overall score from the two panels of judges, John Berkos, Jimmy Lee, Brian Lenehan and Laura O’Connor.

Zone 2 adult riders swept the top finishes with Laurie Barna on Hundred Acre winning the silver medal, and Corinne Macaulay taking the bronze riding Pilgrim de Blue Mery.


THIS YEAR marked Corvari’s first appearance in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships.

“It’s something new and different, and one I have been hoping to participate in,” said Corvari, who trains with Robert Beck at Hunter’s Crossing Farm. “I encourage others to give it a try. Yesterday was so much fun being part of a team, and that camaraderie carried over to today.”

Surfside, a 9year-old Selle Luxembourgeios gelding by Beaulieu’s Quissini, is known as “Fish” around the barn and is a new mount for Corvari after she purchased the horse for her 50th birthday a year ago.

“He’s everything I love in a horse,” she said. “For me, today was all about going forward. He is so calm and can slow on a dime, so I wanted to go forward, get it done, and try to impress the judges in the handy round.”

Corvari placed first and second place in the two over fences classes and was third under saddle.

In addition to earning the gold medal, ribbons and an embroidered cooler, Corvari also won a Charles Owen Helmet, CWD halter, Parlanti Boots, an Essex Classics Riding Shirt, and FITS Riding breeches.

“The prizes are much more than I expected,” said Corvari, who owns a medical communications company where she works when she is not riding. “This is amazing and far beyond my expectations from some of the top-quality brands in our sport.”

“This horse show is my vacation," said Corvani. "I love it here, and it’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons. I will be back next year ,and I want to help bring more people to experience this championship.”

Equestriancoach.com celebrates its 10th anniversary (3)

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Bernie TraurigThis is only $100.00 more than an annual membership, and the last time Lifetime memberships will be offered.

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Snowie Hill wins the Randolph Rouse Stakes at Colonial (2)

NEW KENT, Va.--Riverdee Stable's Snowie Hill, trained by F. Hill Parker and ridden by Jack Doyle, won the $50,000, 2 1/4 mile Randolph D. Rouse Stakes at Colonial Downs on Sept. 7, the final day of racing at the newly reopened Virginia track.

Snowie Hill CoadySnowie Hill (Photo by Coady Photography)Colonial Downs has been a terrific boon for steeplechase owners and trainers, offering at least two races over fences a week during the late summer months.

Snowie Hill was bred in Ohio by Parker, who is partnered with Sean Clancy in Riverdee.

The 4-year-old mare is named for Parker's mother, Frances Snowden “Snowie” Hill Myers, and her full sister Get Ready Set Goes, the 2016 novice champion who was bred by Myers, finished seventh in the Randolph Rouse.

"I just got Snowie River this summer," said Clancy. "The Parkers and Myers are a great family. Hill sells real estate in Lexington, Ky. He's the epitome of the do-it-yourself horseman."


"I'VE HAD Riverdee for about 10 years," said Clancy, who, with his brother Joe puts out the Saratoga Special daily during the Saratoga racing season. "This is our best year by far. Snowie Hill is just a 4-year-old, but she's run some good races. The only logical next spot for her would be at Far Hills."

Sean Clancy F. Hill Parker Jack DoyleSean Clancy, F. Hill Parker and Jack Doyle (Photo by Coady Photography)Snowie Hill broke her maiden for Parker on the flat on May 27, 2018 in a 6 1/2 furlong race at Belterra Park, where she also finished third in the Vivacious Handicap before switching to hurdles in September of that year.

Clancy got a share of her after she placed sixth in the Margaret Currey Henley Hurdle Stakes at Iroquois, and the mare won the Maiden Special Weight at Colonial Downs on Aug. 17 for Riverdee.

Snowie Hill was rated inside in the Rouse behind front runner Wigwam Baby, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, who finally finished fourth.

Snowie River cut the corner into the stretch and drew away to win by 3 1/4 lengths over owner/trainer Bethany Baumgardner's Mavourneen, with KMSN Stable's Inverness, trained by Keri Brion, another two lengths back in third.

In the first steeplechase race at Colonial Downs that evening, a $30,000 Maiden hurdle, Doyle also rode the winner, Willow Oaks Stables’ Iconic Artist trained by Elizabeth Voss.

Iconic Artist race three times over fences in 2017 before being sidelined for two years.

This was the 8-year-old gelding's first start this year. and he won by  2 3/4 lengths over the favorite, Riverdee Stables’ Gostisbehere, trained by Jack Fisher, who was a neck ahead of Bon Nouvel Chasers’ Sudden Victory, trained by Julie Gomena.


Dr. Todd Addis, MFH, died July 24. (2)

ELVERSON, Pa.--Dr. H.L. Todd Addis, VMD, 85, Master of his own Warwick Village Hounds, died at home on July 24

Todd Addis MFH VMDTodd Addis MFH VMDAddis, known as "Doc," died suddenly on July 24 at his home, Fox Hill in Elverson, surrounded by family. 

Doc was born in Norristown, Pa., and he began riding horses and foxhunting at the age of 6.

His foxhunting mentors were his father, Clarkson Addis Sr., who was also a veterinarian and huntsman, and Albert Crossan.

He was a graduate of Collegeville-Trappe High school, Ursinus College, and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD, class of '59.

Doc served in the Army Veterinary Corps '59-'61, stationed at Walter Reed Annex Forest Glenn where he treated dogs, cats and monkeys.

He was a small and large animal veterinarian and gifted surgeon for 30 years in Lancaster, Berks, and Chester Counties including many Amish and Mennonite communities.

Doc was the master and huntsman of Warwick Village Hounds and an advocate for the Penn-Marydel Hound, generously extending the Penn-Marydel bloodlines to many hunts.


HE WAS A co-founder of the Friends of the Penn-Marydel Hound, co-founder of the Chester County Foxhunters Association, founding director of Green Valley and a member of the Lions Club of Elverson, Natural Land Trust, French and Pickering and the Pennsylvania Fox and Coyote Association.

He appeared on Chester County Day displaying his pack of Penn-Marydel Hounds.

After retiring from veterinary practice in 1989, Addis and his wife traveled to Maryville, Tenn., and over he next year helped establish what is now the Tennessee Valley Hunt.

Doc also enjoyed renovation projects where he displayed his artistic carpentry skills.

He also spent time writing letters, articles and two books: A Backward Glance, his memoirs and Our Penn-Marydel Hound, A Historical Anthology.

Doc's pride and joy was watching his three children hunt Penn-Marydel Hounds and his six grandchildren becoming foxhunters.

His daughter Ann Emden is Master at Warwick Village, and his daughter Beth Opitz is huntsman at Thornton Hill Hounds in Virginia.

His son Todd has a small private pack in Maryland.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Old Saint Mary's Church in Elverson, with a reception following at Fox Hill.

Addis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hampton (Happy) Addis, and children Todd, Ann and Beth, and grandchildren, Jennifer, Hampton, Bennett, Elida, Kemper and Mason.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Friends of the Penn-Marydel. C/O Deborah McKechnie, 2061 Miller Rd Chester Springs, PA 19425.

Paddy Neilson, top timber rider, died Sept. 5 (2)

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Louis “Paddy” Neilson III, arguably the finest timber race rider ever to sit on a horse, died Thursday, Sept. 5 at the age of 77.

Paddy NeilsonPaddy NeilsonHis tremendous riding ability inspired a generation of riders to take up the sport, but Paddy was so much more than just a great rider.

He’s been an owner. He’s been a trainer. He’s been a rider. He’s been race director, course chair, meet booster.

His influence on the sport extended to organizing point-to-points and a recognized hunt meet and inspiring, right up to his death, another generation of youngsters watching his ability and grace over fences as MFH and whipper-in of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds.

Beyond that, Paddy was always there with a kind and/or encouraging word for any situation.


"PADDY SAW me through a child with addiction and a divorce," said Ellie Glaccum, secretary of Cheshire Hunt. "When I had a total disc replacement last March, he called me every other day, and he's always end the call with `Atta girl, Ellie, atta girl.' He was a total inspiration. He was a wonderful man."

Paddy in carPaddy with his wife Toinette Phillips Neilson, with whom he shared 31 years of marriage.Paddy Neilson didn’t always win, but he was always a winner," said Jay Meister. "He was the Michael Jordan of our timber racing game. Paddy made our sport bigger and better while inspiring countless kids. We all wanted to grow up to be like him.

"As a little kid, I was carted around to all the Point-to-Points and Maryland races, but I was never all that interested unless my father was riding in a race. One day all of that changed at the Brandywine Point-to-Point when I was 8 or 9 years old. I was paying just enough attention to realize that there was a problem and that Mrs. Scott’s horse needed a rider - minutes passed and then in to the paddock comes this guy; Muck boots, jeans, a sport coat, caliente and borrowed tack. The horse was quickly tacked as others had been waiting a while - the rider was thrown on to the horse and off to the start they went. I was going to watch this guy - and I did. Needless to say, ‘The Guy’ won the race. And, not only that, he made it look easy! He was clearly better than the others and for me a hero was born. That hero, my hero, was Paddy Neilson.

"Years later, I was fortunate to get named on a couple of horses for Bruce and Nancy Miller at Cheshire. Paddy had been retired for several years by this time and when the entries came out, there was his name on one of the horses in one of my races. My excitement level for that race went through the roof. I was going to get to ride against my hero. To me I was getting the chance of a life time and I was going to get the opportunity to see if I was as good as Paddy Neilson. I wasn’t. Paddy was still ‘The Guy’ and a clear winner that day.

Paddy and Ivan DowlingThe late Paddy Neilson MFH (right) and Ivan Dowling walking the Maryland Hunt Cup Course at Fence 6 in 2012. Paddy was Champion Timber jockey for 10 years and won the American Grand National at 15 years of age and rode in the Hunt Cup 21 times, finishing 15 times and winning it 3 times. Ivan rode in it twice."Luckily for all of us, Paddy came out of retirement several years after that day and rode for another decade. Those of us that grew up idolizing him had the great fortune to get to compete against him and call him our friend. He may have been older, but he hadn’t lost a step. He was always a winner.

"He is already immensely missed," said Meister. "He was everything to timber racing. He was bigger than life to all of us. It's hard to say how many people are involved with racing today who wouldn't have been without Paddy.

"Paddy got me involved with the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup when i was 20, and I've been involved with it now for 38 years. Most recently he helped get the Fair Hill Point-to-Point off the ground. The first committee was paddy, Don Cochran and me.

"He was better than anyone else riding, but he was a great person, too," said Meister. "He meant a lot to a lot of people."


"I HAD THE honor to learn from and ride for Paddy," said Jake Chalfant. "We had some fun wins together, and it felt great to share a sliver of this man's outsized life. When my riding career was cut short, he visited me in the hospital. He gave me strength when I was down and made me feel like I still had value when I didn't even know who I was anymore. Paddy rallied the community behind me and put together a joint fox hunt one of the largest meetings ever assembled in my support. Every time I crossed paths with Paddy I got a huge smile and a "How are ya boy?" and then on departure a "Well done". Paddy you always left me buzzing."

Paddy flies anotherPaddy flies a fence in the hunt field"Paddy was a lovely man," said Michael Dickinson. "I was a steeplechase jockey in England. I rode for 11 years and had 1,600 rides with 378 winners.

"I thought I was all right until I hunted with Cheshire," said Dickinson. "I watched Paddy cantering across a field. He looked for a stride, and then he and his horse just flew it. If he'd been in a race, he would have gained two lengths. I said to myself, `Michael, you can't even ride.'"


BORN IN Glen Cove, N.Y., in 1942, Paddy was the son of the late Louis Neilson Jr. and Katherine Pell Neilson.

His grandfather Louis Neilson helped establish Long Island’s Rockaway Hunt Club in the 1870s with William Voss, another link to the modern jump racing game as great-grandfather of Hall of Fame trainer Tom Voss.

“Neilson and Voss … matched their peers at (New York’s Meadow Brook Hunt Club nearby) in sporting challenges,” wrote Peter Winants in his “Steeplechasing: A Complete History.” “Cockfighting, pigeon shooting, prizefighting, hunting. And, of course, steeplechasing.”

A graduate of Gilman School, Princeton University and the Wharton Business School, Paddy was a man of many talents and interests.

Known best for his prowess in the horse world, he began riding at age six, rode his first race at 14 and won Maryland’s Grand National at 15.

Hunt Cup1975 Maryland Hunt Cup
At Fence 13, left to right: Fort Devon (R.Penn-Smith "Buzz" Hannum, up)--2nd; Eastmac (Bruce Miller, up)--3rd; #4--Royal Arcane (Paddy Neilson, up); Hammurabi II (Turney Mcknight, up). Douglas Lees photo
And, that was just the beginning.

Paddy was a corporate bond broker for Alex.Brown & Sons in Philadelphia for years while foxhunting, galloping race horses and riding races on the side.

He retired from racing for nine years, but was drawn back in for one ride, and stayed in after the stock market crash in 1987.

He left his desk to devote himself to training horses full time at his Rockaway Farm in Chatham with his wifeof 31 years, Toinette.

He was renowned for winning races in four decades, including riding the daunting Maryland Hunt Cup race 21 times and winning it three times in three decades.

For 10 years he was the leading amateur steeplechase jockey in North America.

A passionate foxhunter, Paddy hunted with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds since childhood and devotedly served as full-time honorary Whipper-in for the last 13 years, jumping his last fence in the line of duty just a couple of weeks before his death.

Members of the Hunt community could always count on Paddy’s big smile, great sense of humor, deep knowledge, incredible riding skill and encouragement.

He could always wow the Field by trotting up to a formidable four-foot-plus four-railer and popping over with enormous style and grace.

Sanna Paddy NeilsonSanna Neilson with her father PaddyHe served as Master of Foxhounds, alongside his daughter Sanna, and chaired Cheshire’s most successful Point-to-Point Races earlier this year.

Paddy was proud to have chaired the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races for 17 years, and later the Plumsted Races for 11.

Over the course of those 11 years, the Plumsted Races benefited the nearby Chatham Acres senior citizens home, giving a huge boost to its program.

Additionally, Paddy was a founding board member of the American Steeplechase Injured Jockeys’ Fund and on the original committee that began the Winterthur Point-to-Point.

Not only a horseman, Paddy was very civic minded.

During the Viet Nam era, he was a member of the First City Troop in Philadelphia, a division of the National Guard.


HE HAS BEEN actively involved locally with London Grove Township as chairman of the Open Space Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee.

There was no one better with whom to have a lively political chat.

He was a huge fan of Philadelphia’s sports teams and all sports in general, most particularly the ones his children and grandchildren played.

Paddy also had a great love for North Atlantic salmon fishing with old friends.

He loved the band Coldplay, was a Civil War buff, a big reader of non-fiction and collector of knowledge.

He had many lifelong friends, as well as friends of all ages, befriending strangers and learning their stories where ever he went.

No one will forget his enormous smile and contagious laugh, especially when laughing at himself.

Always on display was Paddy’s pride in and great love for his wife Toinette and his daughters Kathy, Sanna, Liza, Daphne and Emily and grandchildren Skylar, Parker, Nina, Natalie, Max, Pell, Perry, Izzie, Burr, Nell and Beasie.

A few of Paddy's chidren and grandchildren have inherited his love of racing and his talent for it.

Sanna is MFH of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhunds, won the Maryland Hunt Cup twice and is a successful trainer.

Kathy, also a successfu trainer, is currently among the top NSA trainers in both Money Won and Races Won.

Grandchildren Skylar and Parker are among the group of outstanding young steeplechase riders, with Skylar riding at her mother Kathy's farm and Parker riding exercise for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

“We’ve got a great group of kids coming up through the ranks” of pony racing and young-adult divisions, Neilson said, noting with pride that granddaughter Skylar won her first race in open company at Cheshire. “These things run in cycles, and right now there’s a big bunch of kids that ride really well that are steeped in the game. I think we might see someone other than an Irishman on the (leaderboard) for a change.”

His daughters Liza and Daphne live out of Pennsylvania, and Emily is Director of Ahletics at Upland School.

He is also survived by his brother Cook Neilson and sisters Madeline Rockwell and Carol Neilson.

A Celebration of Paddy’s Life will be held Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 PM on the kennel lawn of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds at 1549 West Doe Run Road Coatesville, PA. 19320.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paddy’s memory to:

Fair Hill Foundation (P.O. Box 1324 Elkton, MD 21922)
The Cheshire Land Preservation Fund (P.O. Box 983 Unionville, PA 19375)
Atlantic Salmon Federation (P.O. Box 807 Calais, ME 04619-0807)."

Five Va-breds win Stakes at Colonial, Dickinson wins a Stakes for Augustin and Ledecka wins at Presque Isle (2)

NEW KENT, Va.--Five Va-breds won their first stakes at Colonial Downs' closing day, Sept. 7, while Michael Dickinson saddled Augustin Stable's Lift Up to win a $100,000 Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 8, and Pa-bred Ledecka won her first stakes the following day at Presque Isle.

ferdinandaFerdinanda (Photo by Coady Photography)Ferdinanda and Holly Hundy won filly turf races while Boldor and K D's Cat Bird won gelding and colt turf races and Embolden won the 2-year-old race, all for Va-breds at Colonial Downs.

Dickinson was at Woodbine on Sept. 8 to saddle George Strawbridge's homebred Lift Up win the $100,000 Belle Mahone Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mare 3-years-old and up  on the all-weather track.

"George and Julia weren't there, but George was over the moon when he heard that Lift Up had won," said Dickinson. "It was exciting."

"I have three fillies for George, and my goal is for each of them to win a graded stakes before the end of the year," said Dickinson. "Pamina has won a graded stakes, and both Theodora B and Lift Up have placed in graded stakes. They are three lovely fillies."


"I'VE HAD Lift Up since she was a 2-year-old," Dickinson said. "She's won seven races."

"All three are due to run at the end of this month, at Delaware, Laurel and Monmouth, but we haven't decide yet which one is going where," said Dickinson.

Unhurried early on in the black type Belle Mahone Stakes, Lift Up closed three to five wide through the far turn, rallied late and was up to win by a neck under a drive.

Lift Up now has seven wins, including two black type stakes and a listed stakes, five seconds. including a second in the G2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine on June 29, and one third from 17 starts and $330,985 in career earnings.

Dickinson had two other winners in early September, John E. Teas, Jr.'s Bayberry, who won by 3/4 lengths in a $28,900 Allowance Optional Claiming turf race for fillies and mares at 5 furlongs at Penn National on Sept. 4, and Stephen E. Post's Rumors of Violence. who won by a nose in a $27,000 Claiming turf race at 1 mile at Parx on Sept. 8.


BARCLAY TAGG saddled Ann M Backer's Ferdinanda to win the $100,000 Brookmeade Stakes for Va-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Ferdinanda settled off the pace, angled four wide into the stretch and drew off to win by 6 lengths to be impressive in her first stakes win.

EMBLODENEmbolden (Photo by Coady Photography)Embolden, owned by Dare to Dream Stale LC and trained by Michael Stidham, won the $100,000 Jamestown Stakes for Va-bred 2-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs, leading all the way to win by  3 3/4 lengths.

Holly Hundy, owned by Holly and David Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, won the $100,000  Camptown Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf for Va-bred fillies and mares.

Holly Hundy pressed the pace under confident handling and drew off to win by 3 3/4 under a mild drive.

K D's Cat Bird, owned by Alex Kazdan and trained by Hubert Gaffney, won the first of two turf races for colts and geldings.

K D's Cat Bird settled off the pace and split horses in midstretch to drive clear and win by 1 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Bert Allen Stakes at  1 1/8 miles.

Boldor, owned by Ed Orr and Susie Orr and trained by Steve Asmussen, won the $100,000 Punch Line Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Coming three wide into the stretch, Boldor drew  off under a drive to win by 3 lengths.


LEDECKA, owned by LNJ Foxwoods and trained by Arnaud Delacour, won the $100,000 Malvern Rose Stakes for Pa-bred 3-year-old fillies at 1 mile on Presque Isle's all-weather track on Sept. 9.

LedeckaLedecka (Photo by Coady Phoography)Bred by Blackstone Farm LLC, Ledecka, by Tiznow out of a Langfuhr mare, ran third early in the race, came through on the inside into the stretch, angled out for racing room and edged up late to win by 1/2 length.

This was Ledecka's first stakes win, and she now has two wins and two seconds from five starts and $111,600 in career earnings.

Mr. Ritz, owned by Earle I. Mack LLC and trained by Josie Carroll, won the second stakes at Presque Isle on Sept. 9, the $200,000 Presque Isle Mile Stakes at 1 1/16 mlles.

Up close throughout the race, Mr. Ritz went to the lead in the stretch and won by 1 1/4 lengths.

The 4-year-old colt now has five wins, including two listed stakes wins and a win in the G3 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine in August, two seconds and one third from 10 starts and $374,690 in career earnings.


 GRAHAM MOTION had two maiden Soecial Weight winners.

Carl F. Pascarella's A K's Song won a $30,000 two-year-old filly race at Presque isle on Sept. 4.

A K's Song broke a step slow, came through inside into the stretch and drove clear to win by 1 1/2lengths.

West Point Thoroughbred and Albert Frassetto's Kid Mercury won a 1 mile turf race for 2-year-olds at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 8.

Kid Mercury ran third four wide, moved uu entering the stretch and won by 1 length.

Michale Matz had a winner for Emory A. Hamilton on Sept. 7 at Colonial Downs.

Monhegan won a $50,000 Maiden Special Weight for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up a 1 1/4 miles, driving clear in mid-stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Baffert responds to The N.Y. Times' article concerning Justify's failing a drug test prior to the Derby that contained many misleading accusations (2)

A front page article in the New York Times by Joe Drape on Thursday, Sept. 12, entitled "Justify Failed Drug Test Before Triple Crown Run" contained many misleading representations or omissions of fact, innuenda and distortions.

Justify Baffert Bob BELMONT18 SKA4486 PRINT Sarah AndrewJustify and Bob Baffert On Page 1, it said "Justify had failed a drug test weeks before the first race in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby. That meant Justify should not have run in the Derby if the sport's rules were followed."

In fact, it takes weeks and sometimes months to get test results back, and the California Racing Board only got the results back four days before the Derby, and when Baffert was notified, he requested that the second sample be tested, which is standard operation procedure.

The results of the second test were not received until after Justify had won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, both win clean test results.

So the sport's rules were followed.


JUSTIFY tested positive for scopolamine, which can be found in jimson weed, a weed which only grows in the deserts of places like California.

In fact, 11 horses tested positive within a short period of time which presumably made the California Board decide that the scopolamine had been present in a load of hay delivered to the track.

Beffert responded to the Times' accusation in the story below written by Bill Finley in the Thoroughbred Daily News.

And Baffert's lawyer wrote a letter to the N.Y. Times. It will be very interesting to see if the Times prints it.


By Bill Finley

In his first public comments since a New York Times story broke that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy) tested positive for the prohibited substance Scopolamine following the colt’s win in the GI Santa Anita Derby, trainer Bob Baffert issued a statement Thursday morning which denied that the drug was intentionally given to the horse.

“I unequivocally reject any implication that Scopolamine was ever intentionally administered to Justify, or any of my horses,” Baffert wrote in the statement. “Test results indicating trace amounts of the drug were undoubtedly the result of environmental contamination caused by the presence of jimsonweed in feed, a naturally growing substance in areas where hay and straw are produced in California. In addition, I had no input into, or influence on, the decisions made by the California Horse Racing Board.

“Following the Santa Anita Derby, Justify raced in three different jurisdictions during his Triple Crown run – Kentucky, Maryland and New York. He passed all drug tests in those jurisdictions. I call on the relevant testing agencies in those jurisdictions to immediately release information related to Justify’s test results.

“Justify is the one of the finest horses I’ve had the privilege of training and by any standard is one of the greatest of all time. I am proud to stand by his record, and my own.”

Had the California Horse Racing Board disqualified Justify from his win in the Santa Anita Derby he would not have had enough points to make the field for the GI Kentucky Derby.
Baffert’s attorney, W. Craig Roberston III, also released a letter he sent to the author of the story, Joe Drape. He called the article “long on sensationalism, short on facts and a great disservice to Mr. Baffert, Justify, and the entire horse industry.”

No one has disputed that Justify tested positive for Scopolamine in a race that was run 28 days before the Kentucky Derby. The lingering question is whether or not the California Horse Board erred in not adjudicating the matter in a more timely manner. Had the Scopolamine positive been made official prior to the Kentucky Derby, Justify would have been disqualified from the Santa Anita Derby and therefore would not have qualified for the Kentucky Derby.

Proper procedures must be taken between the time a horse fails a drug tests and the findings are made public. In an earlier interview with the Thoroughbred Daily News, the CHRB’s equine medical director Rick Arthur said that it can take as many as 60 to 90 days to resolve a drug positive case.

In a statement released Thursday by Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery, Flanery said Churchill had not been informed of the Scopolamine positive.

“Until media reports surfaced Wednesday night, neither Churchill Downs nor the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had knowledge of any potential positive tests that may have emanated from California in advance of the 2018 Kentucky Derby,” he said. “We do know that all pre- and post-race tests for 2018 Kentucky Derby participants came back clean, including Justify. In advance of our race each year, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission conducts pre-race out-of-competition testing for every Kentucky Derby starter and all starters’ results were clean. After the race, the top finishers are tested for a myriad of banned substances and the results for all were clean.”

Scopolamine, though illegal, is generally not considered a performance-enhancing drug. Rather it is found in jimsonweed, which grows wildly, and has been known to inadvertently get mixed into a horse’s feed.

In a statement, the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium explained, “Scopolamine (also known as hyoscine) is conventionally used in human medicine for the prevention of motion sickness. It is available by prescription in tablet and transdermal patch formulations. It has also had limited use in conjunction with general anesthesia in reducing airway secretions. It is associated with side effects of dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea and dry mouth. Scopolamine has limited historical use in equine veterinary medicine to relieve intestinal spasms in the treatment of gas colic. However, gastrointestinal side effects, potential toxicity and the development of safer, more effective medications have rendered its use as a therapeutic medication obsolete.”

“…there was never any intentional administration of Scopolamine to Justify and any insinuation in your article otherwise is not only defamatory, but is also defies logic and common sense,” Robertson wrote to Drape. “No trainer would ever intentionally administer Scopolamine to a horse. It has a depressant effect and would do anything but enhance the performance of a horse. There is zero scientific evidence to suggest that Scopolamine has any performance-enhancing properties.

“… Scopolamine is a known environmental contaminant. It is contained within jimsonweed, which is a naturally growing substance in areas where hay and straw are produced in California. There is a long history of environmental contamination cases involving Scopolamine in the state of California. In the past, the CHRB has even issued official advisories concerning contaminated feed to horsemen. There is no doubt that, with regard to Justify, the alleged positive was the result of environmental contamination from hay or straw.”

WinStar chief Elliott Walden, who raced the colt in partnership, also backed his trainer.

“It’s a year and a half later, so I don’t remember the exact date, but we were notified about it in mid-April,” Walden said. “I understood it was a contaminant, a known contaminant in California. We turned it over to an attorney, Craig Robertson, he communicated with them that he was handling it for us, and we never heard about it again.

“Bob Baffert’s reputation speaks for itself,” Walden continued. “He’s a great ambassador for the sport, and it’s a shame it has come to this.”

Through Justify’s Triple Crown campaign, the CHRB never disclosed the Scopolamine positive. It did not take any action until August when it voted to dismiss the case against Justify and ease rules on Scopolamine. Currently, any trainer who has a horse test positive for the drug may be subject to a fine or suspension, but the horse will not be disqualified.

Mario and Lucy Deslauriers finish first and second in the $300,000 Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic (2)


BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y.--Canada’s Olympic and World Cup veteran, Mario Deslauriers, riding Bardolina, won the $300,000 Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic on Sept. 1, but what made this win even more special was that his daughter, Lucy, finished second.

Mario DeslauriersMario Deslauriers (Photo by Shawn McMillan)The Deslauriers family had extra celebrating to do after this particular Hampton Classic.

Lisa Deslauriers, who is Mario's wife and the mother of Lucy, a past Grand Prix and USET competitor, is Chairman of the Board of the Hampton Classic.

Mario’s daughter, Lucy, who just returned from being part of the U.S. bronze-medal winning team at the Pan American Games, had a stellar week at the Classic.

She followed a win on Friday in the $75,000 Grand Prix Qualifier with her second-place finish in Sunday’s marquee event.


BUT IN THAT Friday class, one of the sport's most popular riders suffered a devastating accident when his horse fell over the second fence of a combination.

Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington fell and suffered a spinal cord injury in his neck.

The equestrian community has rallied around the Babington family and started a fundraising effort to help with Kevin’s medical expenses.

Anyone interested in supporting this effort can make a donation on Facebook at Sissy's Medical Fundraiser for Kevin Babington https://www.facebook.com/donate/508000833102520/2806644266031223/ or at https://www.gofundme.com/f/for-kevin-babington-and-family.

"Kevin is one of the most beloved riders on our horse show circuit, and we are all pulling for him. We remain hopeful of a complete recovery,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s Executive Director "I do want to commend the first responders on the scene. They reacted quickly and handled the situation professionally."


FOR THE Grand Prix, course designer Michel Vaillancourt built a challenging course at the maximum height of 1.60m, including a triple combination which took the competitors nearly the entire length of the packed VIP tent.

The tough course was a true test of ability, resulting in just three of 39 combinations progressing to a jump-off round.

The start order for the class was determined by the final placings in Friday’s $75,000 Grand Prix Qualifier, which meant the better you did Friday, the later in the order you went on Sunday.

Lucy Deslauriers had the luxury of being the final rider to go in the jump-off while Devin Ryan, team gold medalist from the 2018 World Equestrian Games, on his WEG mount Eddie Blue went first, sandwiching Mario Deslauriers in the middle.

Lucy DeslauriersLucy Deslauriers (Photo by Shawn McMillan)The jump-off course consisted of eight efforts, in a series of S-curves across the ring from side to side, and a long gallop down to the last fence headed toward the in-gate.

Ryan misjudged the striding to the second fence and Eddie Blue had it down, but he was able to hold it to just the four faults, crossing the timers in 42.66 seconds.

Next to go, Mario Deslauriers executed a masterful pivot turn with Bardolina from the third fence in front of the VIP tents, to cross in front of the open water, then across the field to the Hermès oxer at fence four to finish clean in 42.82 seconds.

Last to go, Lucy, 20, also took the inside turn with long-time partner Hester, and with his effortless galloping stride they easily had the best time, finishing in 39.60, but she pulled the top rail on the final fence, to finish second on a score of four faults.

“I got a little excited,” said Deslauriers. “If I had it to do over again, I would have pulled a little harder to the last fence.”

“Lucy won on Friday so today was my turn," said Mario. "Seriously, she and Hester make a great pair, and I know they are very quick. I did what I had to do to put a little pressure on her.”


IRELAND'S Shane Sweetnam won the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the Classic's leading open jumper rider for the third time in the seven years the Classic has presented the award.

Sweetnam received a Longines watch and a check for $30,000.

Sweetnam also received a Longines watch for winning Saturday’s $72,000 Cup, and since he won four Longines watches at the Hampton Classic in 2018, he was asked who were the lucky recipients of all of his watches?

His answer (very smartly) was: “My mother is next in line!”
Shane Sweetnam winner of the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge (c) Shawn McMillen

The Hampton Classic is a celebrity hot-spot, and among those in attendance at this year’s Classic were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco, Howard Buffett, Jessica Capshaw, Billy Joel, Gabby Karan de Felice, Donna Karan, Brooke Shields, and pro football Hall of Famer and television star Michael Strahan.

The Grand Prix field has been newly-renovated and rebuilt after the $1 million dollar investment from the Hampton Classic.

“Allen Rheinheimer and the committee did an incredible job,” said Vaillancourt. “The foundation is solid, and the grass needs maybe one or two years to mature perfectly, but it’s really on the right track. The horses jumped incredibly well all week. In a year or two, this venue will have some of the top footing in the world as far as grass is concerned.”

“It felt like jumping on a tumbling mat," said Olympic silver medalist Peter Leone. "There was life and spring to it, it was just so exciting to ride on a field like that!”

 “It was perfect," said two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward. "Absolutely spot on. Not a single blade of grass was out of place.”


THE OPEN Jumper division began with the $30,000 Jumper Challenge, and team gold medalist from WEG 2018, Adrienne Sternlicht, won on Fantast with Molly Ashe-Cawley second with Berdien, and third went to Geoffrey Hesslink with HH Casey Jones.

Tuesday morning’s two $10,000 1.40m Open Jumper competitions saw 65 horses vying for prize money.

Ward of Brewster, NY, finished on top in section A with a new mount Silberrose, so new that this was their first time in the competition ring together.

Ward had to settle for second in section B with Up Des Chaines, behind his 2018 WEG gold medal teammate Sternlicht, again riding Fantast.

Continuing her winning streak, Sternlicht took the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper 1.40m class on Wednesday morning, again with Fantast.

Ireland’s Richie Moloney repeated his 2018 second place finish in this class, this time riding Merqusio, and Molly Ashe-Cawley finished third with Berdien.

Due to inclement weather Wednesday afternoon, the start of the FEI division was postponed to Thursday morning.

Brianne Goutal-Marteau won the $10,000 Power & Speed with Zernike K while Sweetnam finished second with Kirschwasser SCF, and third went to Hardin Towell with Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve Z.

Goutal-Marteau raved about how the footing held up so well following Wednesday’s rain.

“I jumped on Sunday in the first big class and the ground felt amazing – we turned and burned and were able to go very fast. Yesterday I watched a video on the Hampton Classic’s Instagram account of the amount of water the new drainage system was pulling off this field, after inches of rain, and today you would barely know it. You hear it a tiny bit as you’re on course that it’s a little wet, but you can still go fast, you can turn and nobody’s slipping. After more than 50 horses in this class there’s barely a mark on the field.”

In Thursday’s $40,000 FEI Speed Stake, Brazil’s Luiz de Azevedo rode Collin to victory, a horse he had rescued from slaughter five years ago, with Catherine Tyree finishing second and third with her pair of greys, BEC Lorenzo and Catungee, with times of 66.39 and 66.76 seconds respectively.

Victoria Birdsall took the top spot in Friday’s $10,000 7 & Under class on Maestro Van Het Binnenveld 35.419 seconds.

With Friday’s win and consistent results in Tuesday and Wednesday’s classes, Birdsall and Maestro Van Het Binnenveld were Champions in the 7 & Under Jumper division, and Reserve went to Goutal-Marteu and Goodwill V/D Coefering.

Lucy Deslauriers rode Hester to win Friday’s $75,000 Grand Prix-Qualifier CSI4* with Andy Kocher was second with Carollo and Canada’s Amy Millar third with Truman.

Sweetnam made it a three-peat in the $72,000 Cup on Saturday.

Sweetnam, who won the class in 2017 and 2018, won this year with Kirschwasser SCF in a time of 39.16 seconds with Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo just three one-hundredths off the lead in 39.19 seconds, and Sternlicht finished just behind on Toulago in 39.25 seconds.

The $10,000 Equitation Championship was won by Ava Ellis of Annapolis, Md., after two phases of testing, and second went to the 2018 winner, Mimi Gochman of New York, N.Y.

Scott Stewart of Fleminton, N.J., rode Everwonder to the Grand Hunter Championship, and Stewart was named Leading Hunter Rider, receiving the Charlie Weaver Memorial Trophy.


A fundraiser for Kevin Babington, who suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries (2)

Kevin Babington was catastrophically injured in a fall at the Hampton Classic on Friday, Aug, 30 and remains unable to move in a hospital.

Kevin BabingtonKevin Babington with his two daughtersKathy Gilbert is among a group of people who have started a fundraiser for the Babingtons, as Kevin is a professional horseman without the means to pay for the huge medical bills this injury is incurring.

"This fundraiser is for our dear friends Kevin and Dianna (Flaherty) Babington and their teen aged daughters Gweneth and Marielle," said Gilbert. "Kevin, an accomplished Olympic equestrian, was competing at The Hamptons Classic on Friday and was thrown from a horse suffering catastrophic spinal cord injuries and is now unable to move. As you can imagine, the medical bills and family needs are already enormous. Kevin had no disability insurance and the family has no financial ability to even meet their immediate needs such as needing to stay near the hospital to be close to Kevin, and paying basic monthly bills as Kevin was the sole breadwinner.

Got to GoFundMe.com, and put in Help Kevin Babington Heal to donate.

"EARLIER the same day that he was injured, Kevin and Dianna had made sure that their Wellington Florida barn was opened up to accept all horses who were in need of shelter from Hurricane Dorian. These are kind people who selflessly did for others and now need our help. Kevin is a humble man of humble means, who rides for a living and has spent his entire life helping other people and animals.

"Even if you don’t know Dianna or Kevin, in honor of their giving spirit to people and animals that they didn’t know, keep them in your prayers, send them positive energy and please consider making a financial contribution to show them your love and help them pay the staggering medical costs as they navigate a long and uncertain road."

This campaign has been started by Kathy Gilbert and Kid Kelly, and we are working in coordination with Sissy Wickes' campaign on Facebook.

Funds donated through GoFundMe will be placed in a Special Needs Trust for the benefit of Kevin Babington, and an irrevocable Trust for the benefit of Gweneth and Marielle which will be overseen by Dianna Babington as Trustee.

"Kevin's injury is to C3 and C4 which is extremely serious," said Gilbert. "He remains unable to move his limbs. While the prognosis is not promising, it is too early to tell anything for sure and the family still asks for your positive energy and prayers for a miracle.

"Today we worked hard to get Kevin off of the ventilator for periods of the day," said Diana Babington on Saturday, Sept. 7. "I promise you he is fighting like hell. He sustained hours of unassisted breathing before needing assistance again. His spirit was evident at times he was less sedated. Elizabeth Sponseller is with Marielle Babington tonight assisting him. He has at least one of us with him at all times. Please keep praying for recovery.

Kevin is out of surgery and is now in recovery," said Diana on Sept. 3. "The surgery went well. The vertebrae were fused and his neck is stabilized. He is out of the collar and breathing on his own! He is in significant pain but this was a necessary step. After a few days the family will see where he’s at. Hopefully, PT then rehab."

Also on Sept. 3, Diana said, "Today I sit in this hospital living the darkest hour of my life. Kevin is enduring a five hour surgery to stabilize the bones in his neck. He has suffered a complete injury to his cervical spine and today is to prevent him from living in a cervical collar.

"My hope for him is focused on quality of life and that there will be clinical trials to help him move forward. Much of these avenues are not covered by insurance and will be dependent on private funding. I am sharing this because I want people to understand that the fundraising is essential. It can mean the difference in equipment available to him, therapies, vehicles, honestly I don’t even know. I am navigating in the dark focusing on breathing and literally existing as we navigate hour by hour the information we are receiving.

"What has occurred is probably the worst thing that could have happened to him. If you know him you know he is talented but humble, kind, private, and giving among all things. He was the friend that tried to donate a kidney when one was needed. He is the trainer that didn’t charge the kid he knew couldn’t afford the lesson. He is a vegetarian because he found slaughter impossible to support and is so empathetic to living things he couldn’t eat them. He literally helped me give shots of antibiotics to a fish with swim bladder ( not joking) when our daughters fish was upside down.

"He stops to take turtles off the road. Stops to assist when a horse trailer has a flat. He ran from two rings away to help save a horse’s leg that was caught in a roll-top after a spill. So many of you have more stories to retell of how he helped you than I even know. Above all things he is a great father and life partner and as he lays here he is panicking about the three of us instead of himself.

"I am so thankful for all the support we have received there are no words. The cold reality is we are desperately trying to raise money for medical and rehabilitation which I have been told can be staggering. It will be a long, challenging, journey ahead. I want to thank everyone for every prayer, kind word and thought and every dollar that has been donated so far.

"I remain hopeful that as the body heals his condition will improve. Please keep praying that as time passes we will receive a miracle. I am getting messages with stories of people walking and moving after worse injuries. Hope is all I have left and I am hanging onto it with everything I have."

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