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Friday, September 22, 2023

Leslie Young wins two more at Radnor, now leads by 11 in Races Won

MALVERN, Pa.--Leslie Young saddled another pair of winners at the Radnor Hunt Raceson Saturday, May 20 and stretched her lead in Trainer, Races Won to 21, 11 more than Jack Fisher, who has 10 wins, and 14 more than Ricky Hendriks, who has seven wins.

Total Joy 4 Mark Watts race through stretch early in 1stTotal Joy under Mark Watts passed Gold Charm in the stretch (Photo by Tod Marks)Young has been winning races two at a time in steeplechase meets this spring.

She won two races at Foxfield, two at the Queen's Cup, two at Willowdale and now two at Radnor.

Noble Stables' Total Joy, ridden by Mark Watts, won the $25,000 Maiden Hurdle by a neck over Gold Charm, trained by Cyrll Murphy.

"I bought Total Joy at Tattersall last year," said Young, "He's really well bred and was relatively inexpensive. We put together a syndicate of six people, Gayle Clark, Skip and Vicky Crawford, Dr.and Mrs. Devon and Mrs. Brown."

"The jockey was way over weight, so he did really well," said Young.

Total Joy was scheduled to only carry 146 pounds, second lightest in the field, but actually had too carry 156 pounds, making him the high weight in the eight horse field. 

"We might run him this summer" said Young."He's a lovely type that's very versatile. He might want longer distances. I think he could be a timber horse."


BOUDINOT FARMS' Elusive Exclusive, ridden by Freddy Procter, won the $20,000 Allowance Timber by a neck over Cracker Factory, trained by Mark Beecher.

Great Road, ridden by Eric Poretz, was leading on the second circuit when Poretz apparently thought the race was over and pulled out to the finish line left of the timber fence.

Realizing his mistake, Poretz went back, jumped the fence and actually eventually finished third in the three horse race, albeit greatly distanced.

"We've been saving Elusive Exclusive for this race," said Young. "He's owned by Carol Atterbury, and this is her home track."

Jack Fisher saddled Riverdee Stable's Awakened, ridden by Jamie Bargary, to win the featured $30,000 Allowance Hurdle by 4 3/4 lengths over Who's Counting, trained and ridden by Sean McDermott.

Awakened ran second through much of the race and moved into the lead about two fences from home.

Janet Elliot saddled Gregory Hawkins' Webb, ridden by Mell Boucher, to win the $20,000 Maiden Hurdle, second division, by 3/4 length over Look North, trained by Fisher.

Joe Davies saddled Donal Reuwer Jr.'s Brown Delivers, ridden by Bargary, to win the $10,000 Maiden Starter Hurdle by 2 1/4 lengths over Westerland (GB), trained by Kathy Neilson.

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