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Monday, September 25, 2023

Arch Kingsley saddled Thundra to win at Rappahannock Point-to-Point

BOSTON, Va.--Father and daughter Arch and Taylor Kingsley teamed up to win the $1,000 Maiden Flat race with Thundra, a mare they had gotten as an unbroken 5-year-old, at the Rappahannock Hunt Point-to-Point on Saturday, March, the first of the spring point-to-point and sanctioned race meets.

Arch KingsleyArch Kingsley"Thundra was bred by a dear friend of mine, Raleigh Minor," said Arch. "She had a broodmare band and a stallion named Fierce Wind. I think only three people have one of his get."

"Raleigh got pancreatic cancer and had to get rid of her mares and the stallion," he said. "She only kept Thundra and one other. She was sick for three years, but then the cancer got her, and she died."

"We got Thundra as an unbroken 5-year-old," said Kingsley. "We were really just doing the family a favor. I figured the mare might make a hunter. Anyway, we just started riding her like we do with all the others, and then we started schooling her. She schools great. That race was her first ever. We'll probably run her in the Va-bred race at Warrenton and them maybe in the maiden at Old Dominion."

Ken Loves Kitten, trained by David Bourke was second, and Paul's Tricky Tale, trained by Donald Yovanovich, was third.


KINGSLEY also had an entry, Real Factor, in the $1,500 Maiden Timber won by Black and Blue Stable's Barrister, trained by Forrest Kelly and ridden by Colin Smith.

"Real Factor lost his rider when another horse fell in a sink hole," said Kingsley. "A sink hole opened up over an old culvert after a couple of horses had run over it. The one horse fell and my horse ran into him. We all had walked the course, and none of us had seen it. They took that part of the race course out after that."

Adjutant, trained by Kathy Neilson, was second and Bet the Pot, trained by Neil Morris, was third.

Kelly also saddled the winner of the $2,500 Open Timber, Black and Blue Stable's Fletched, ridden by Elizabeth Scully

Mo's in the house, trained by Sam Cockburn, was second and City of Grace, trained by Casey Pinkard, was third.

Ricky Hendriks saddled Daniel Denefroio and T& C Stables' Fightinirishtabit to win the $1,000 Open flat over Ahnak, trained by Cockburn, and Shootin' the Breeze, trained by Neilson.

Cami Kern on Mallory won the Small Pony race, Yomar Ortiz Jr. on Blueberry won the Medium Pony and James Wyatt on Mini won the Large Pony race.



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