Loudoun, Strawberry Hill rock Virginia's 'Daily-Double' weekend

Loudoun, Strawberry Hill rock Virginia's 'Daily-Double' weekend

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Date Added: 4/17/2009

By Betsy Burke Parker
The Hoof Beat

NEW KENT COUNTY, VIRGINIA – The first of three steeplechasing double-headers in Virginia was last weekend. Kicking off the action was Saturday's Strawberry Hill Races held at Colonial Downs just east of Richmond.
In the day's featured allowance hurdle, Irv Naylor's strong Maryland stable was represented by winner Tax Ruling. Irish professional Mark Watts steered the Kentucky-bred son of Dynaformer (also sire of three-time steeplechase champion McDynamo) to the lead in the early going, racing with Baby League much of the way. Tax Ruling outfinished Baby League from the last and held off Zozimus, who closed with a rush.
"I'm thrilled," Watts said of his first "big" American winner since coming to this country late last season. "The horse went great, and the course rode great." Watts works for Maryland flat trainer Graham Motion at Fair Hill, galloping in the mornings and schooling for several Pennsylvania 'chase trainers in the afternoons. "I like your American hurdles," Watts said of the standardized "national fences" all U.S. hurdle races are run over.
In the day's opener, a maiden claiming hurdle, Most Bossest (Padge Whelan up, in his first win of two on the day) went to the front at the first fence, opened a comfortable lead and held off Eagle Beagle, who rallied belatedly.
In the conditioned claimer, Kinross Farm's Humdinger (Liam McVicar up) was never worse than third while racing close to the pace, took the lead at the head of the stretch and proved best. Silent Vow was disqualified from third place when jockey Padge Whelan failed to weigh in after the race.
In the maiden special, Left Unsaid (Whelan) was rated well off the early pace, moved to within easy striking distance the second time around, jumped the last fence with Class Deputy and won going away.
At Sunday's Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point held at historic Oatlands just south of Leesburg, Bequeathed (Patrick Worrall up) won his second featured Eustis Cup, Virginia's first four-mile open timber. Worrall allowed Nick Carter on Antonio Star, and Jake Chaflin on Rosbrian to control the early pace before moving to lead two fences from home. He won handily.
Junior field masters chase star Orpington (Mary Motion up) won by 12 lengths in his third win on the '09 season. The former hurdler came from the strong stable of steeplechase owner Gill Johnston.

Results
Strawberry Hill
Maiden claiming hurdle. Purse: $10,000. 2 miles. Time: 4:20 4/5.
1 Most Bossest $15,000 156 Padge Whelan Todd J. Wyatt Stables, Inc. Todd J. Wyatt $6,000
2 Eagle Beagle $12,500 152 Paddy Young Barracuda Stable Ricky Hendriks $1,800
3 Harry's Crown $12,500 152 Carl Rafter Aylor Racing Stable William Aylor, Jr. $1,000
4 Society Milliner (Ire) $10,000 *143 Liam McVicar Randleston Farm Jimmy Day $500
5 Sand Box Rules $10,000 148 Xavier Aizpuru Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris $400
PU Cozy Lane $10,000 148 Robert Walsh W. Gary Baker Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
PU Sabotage $10,000 *143 Roddy MacKenzie Katherine N. McKenna Katherine N. McKenna
PU Delawarelovedoctor $10,000 148 Mark Watts Omni Stables Rosella M. Hunter
Second Race $15,000. The Malvern Hill Conditioned Claiming Hurdle. 2 1/4 miles.
1 Humdinger $15,000 *139 Liam McVicar Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris $9,000
2 Swimming River $15,000 144 Robert Walsh Joseph K. Kornfeind Paul A. Rowland $2,700
3 Change Course $15,000 144 Paddy Young Dale K. Thiel Ricky Hendriks $1,500
4 Fantorini $15,000 140 Xavier Aizpuru Harold A. Via, Jr. Jack Fisher $750
5 Junood $15,000 148 Bernard Dalton Dave Washer Dave Washer $600
DQ Silent Vow $20,000 146 Padge Whelan Laura Thiel Shull Janet E. Elliot
Winning Margin: 1 1/4 Winning Time: 4:27 3/5 Turf: good
Humdinger, b. g. 2003, by Broad Brush - Indy Pick, by A. P. Indy. Bred by Phipps Stable (Ky)
Third Race $15,000. The Colonial Chase Maiden Hurdle. About 2 1/4 miles over National Fences
1 Left Unsaid 142 Padge Whelan The Fields Stable Thomas H. Voss $9,000
2 Class Deputy 154 Richard Boucher Mede Cahaba Stable Lilith Boucher $2,700
3 Global Genius (Ire) *149 Liam McVicar Whitewood Stable, Inc. Richard L. Valentine $1,500
4 Better Be Ready 154 Carl Rafter Clorevia Farm Edward L. Graham $750
5 Blue Rider 154 Robert Walsh Whitewood Stable, Inc. Richard L. Valentine $600
6 Cahill's Touch 154 Paddy Young North Wales, LLC Doug Fout $450
7 Italian Wedding 142 Danielle Hodsdon Jonathan E. Sheppard Jonathan E. Sheppard
8 Whistling Deputy 154 Xavier Aizpuru Mrs. Henry F. Stern Jack Fisher
PU Mister Twine 154 Bernard Dalton Willow Oaks Stables LLC Todd J. Wyatt
Winning Margin: 3 1/2 Winning Time: 4:31 4/5 Turf: good
Left Unsaid, b. g. 2005, by Dynaformer - Hello Soso (Ire), by Alzao. Bred by Mrs. Jerome Amerman & Robert J. Frankel (Ky)
Fourth Race $25,000. The Strawberry Hill Classic Allowance Hurdle. About 2 1/4 miles over National Fences
1 Tax Ruling 148 Mark Watts Irvin S. Naylor Desmond Fogarty $15,000
2 Zozimus *147 Liam McVicar Dale K. Thiel Britt Graham $4,500
3 Baby League 144 Danielle Hodsdon William L. Pape Jonathan E. Sheppard $2,500
4 Ouninpohja (Ire) 144 Padge Whelan Horses First Racing Ltd Thomas H. Voss $1,250
5 Rainbows For Luck 152 Robert Walsh Gregory S. Bentley Paul A. Rowland $1,000
6 Sir Elton (NZ) 144 Paddy Young Cary W. Jackson Doug Fout $750
PU Seeking No More 152 Xavier Aizpuru Arcadia Stable Jack Fisher
PU Class Real Rock 142 Richard Boucher Mede Cahaba Stable Lilith Boucher
Winning Margin: neck Winning Time: 4:24 2/5 Turf: good
Tax Ruling, dk.b./br. g. 2003, by Dynaformer - Fantastic Find, by Mr. Prospector. Bred by Phipps Stable (Ky)
Fifth Race State Fair of Virginia Turf Cup Training Flat. About 1 1/4 miles on the Turf
1 C R's Deputy 155 Paddy Young Barracuda Stable Ricky Hendriks
2 Freeboard 155 Xavier Aizpuru Mrs. Henry F. Stern Jack Fisher
3 I Know Its Not 155 Carl Rafter Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr. Jack Fisher
4 Swagger Stick 155 Padge Whelan Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr. Jack Fisher
5 Class Century 145 Richard Boucher Mede Cahaba Stable Lilith Boucher
6 In Denial 155 Danielle Hodsdon Jonathan E. Sheppard Jonathan E. Sheppard
7 Vine Hill 155 Robert Walsh Whitewood Stable, Inc. Richard L. Valentine
Winning Margin: 2 1/4 Winning Time: 2:16 1/5 Turf: good
C R's Deputy, b. g. 2004, by Deputy Commander - Splendid Victoty, by Atticus. Bred by Tracy Farmer (Ky)

Results
Loudoun
Laura Lee Shreve Newman memorial. Junior Field Masters Chase. Large ponies. About 1 1/2 miles
1 Minuet Madeleine Lohr Madeleine Lohr Madeleine Lohr
2 Ridgetop Moya Isabella Eyles Marynell Eyles Isabella Eyles
3 Ace Of Spades Scott Wolfendale Bill Wolfendale Scott Wolfendale
4 Circe Teresa Croce Frank & Jeanette McClendon Teresa Croce
Winning Margin: 15 Winning Time: 4:47 Turf: good
Horses.
1 Orpington Mary Motion Mary Motion Julie Gomena
2 Smokey Tate Shaw Thistledown Farm Tate Shaw
3 Appalachian Alex Bazdar Linden Ryan Julie Gomena
4 Izzy's Clus Kid Scarlett Lovett Scarlett Lovett Scarlett Lovett
Winning Margin: 1 Winning Time: 4:41 1/5 Turf: good
Orpington, b. g. 2001, by Cozzene - Tina Fleet, by Afleet. Bred by Lambholm Farm (Fla)
Second Race The Mr. Stripper Maiden Hurdle. About 2 1/4 miles over National Fences
1 Wolfe Tone *150 Darren Nagle Irvin S. Naylor Desmond Fogarty
2 Wild Ball 152 Roddy MacKenzie Randolph D. Rouse Randolph D. Rouse
3 I Hear Banjos 155 Christopher Read Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris
4 What a Warrior *150 Jacob Roberts Thomas A. Hulfish, III Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
LR Eamonn 160 Carl Rafter Hound's Cry Farm Thomas J. Kirlin
OC Duck Hunt 160 Liam McVicar Matthew Klein Jimmy Day
OC Realmenwearpink 155 Mark Watts Sarah O'Brien Sarah O'Brien
Winning Margin: 5 1/2 Winning Time: 4:40 2/5 Turf: good
Wolfe Tone, b. g. 2004, by Partner's Hero - Likashot (GB), by Celtic Cone (GB). Bred by Claude Schoch (Va)
Second Race - Division 2 The Mr. Stripper Maiden Hurdle. About 2 1/4 miles over National Fences
1 General Skye 155 William Dowling Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris
2 Nikkinikkinikki *145 William Santoro H. Turney McKnight Thomas H. Voss
3 What A Prize (NZ) *150 Ben Garner Cary W. Jackson Doug Fout
4 Henry's Hero 160 Liam McVicar Daybreak Stables Jimmy Day
5 Panchax 152 Nick Carter Sara E. Collette Barbara McWade
6 Tracy Arm 160 James Slater Clorevia Farm F. Bruce Miller
7 Talang 147 Jeff Murphy Edward Mulligan Edward Mulligan
Winning Margin: 2 Winning Time: 4:39 4/5 Turf: good
General Skye, dk.b./br. g. 2005, by General Royal - Signorito Cielo, by Conquistador Cielo. Bred by Mr. John F. Baring (Va)
Third Race Open Hurdle
1 Dynantonia 170 Colvin Ryan Colvin G. Ryan Julie Gomena
2 When The Saints 160 Christopher Read Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris
3 Diamond Fever 150 Liam McVicar Randleston Farm Jimmy Day
4 Easy Escapade *150 Jacob Roberts David Benson David Benson
5 Cumulus Nimbus 160 Nick Carter Donna T. Rogers Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
Winning Margin: 1 3/4 Winning Time: 4:39 4/5 Turf: good
Dynantonia, b. g. 2002, by Dynaformer - Saragossa Straight, by Bertrando. Bred by Woodside Farms & Liberty Road Stable (Ky)
Fourth Race Silas D. Phillips, Jr. Memorial Novice Timber. About 3 miles over Timber
1 Hey Doctor 168 Christopher Read Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris
2 Algezir 165 Jeff Murphy William G. Wofford William G. Wofford
3 Rocking Ship (Ire) *155 Claire MacMahon Rosbrian Farm Tara Elmore
4 Inca Magic 165 James Slater Landslide Farm Cyril Murphy
5 Blue Ash 165 Carl Rafter Whitewood Stable, Inc. Richard L. Valentine
6 Big Breeze *155 Jacob Roberts Donna T. Rogers Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
7 Volle Nolle *155 Suzanne Stettinius Northwoods Stable Regina Welsh
F Skip The Ceremony *155 Jake Chalfin Gum Tree Stables LLC Larry Ensor
LR Delta Park *155 Fritz Boniface Arcadia Stable Jack Fisher
LR Tap Tap 165 Chip Miller H. Turney McKnight Alexandra S. White
This was Kinross Farm's and trainer Neil Morris' second win on the card.
Winning Margin: 1 Winning Time: 7:03 4/5 Turf: good
Hey Doctor, ch. g. 2003, by Regal Classic - Petra, by Northern Baby. Bred by Mrs. Mark Hardin (Va)
Fifth Race TriSept Challenge Owner Rider Timber. About 3 miles over Timber
Order Horse Wgt Rider Owner Trainer Purse
LR Cool Fellow 183 Allen Shreve, III B. deStanley & A.K. Shreve, III Beth deStanley
LR East Coker 170 Larry Ensor Gum Tree Stables LLC Larry Ensor
Sixth Race The Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery Flat
1 Maximize 160 Bruce Daley Gordon C. Keys Bay Cockburn
2 Perkedinthesand 152 William Dowling Mrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr. Jack Fisher
3 Meshwaar 160 Colvin Ryan Doris J. Brooks William Aylor, Jr.
4 Chivite (Ire) 160 Becky Dang Calvin Houghland F. Bruce Miller
5 Ricky's Four 160 Jeff Murphy Yadkin Farm & East Belmont Farm Donald Yovanovich
6 Excentrikbydesign 160 Darren Nagle Irvin S. Naylor Desmond Fogarty
7 Judith's Fancy 160 Fritz Boniface Arcadia Stable Jack Fisher
8 Scott's Gold 160 Russell Haynes Anne O. Haynes Regina Welsh
Winning Margin: 2 1/2 Winning Time: 3:30 4/5 Turf: good
Maximize, b. g. 2002, by Mighty - Bridle Beast, by Mt. Livermore. Bred by Ginger Parker & Charles A. Baldree Jr. (Fl)
Sixth Race - Division 2 The Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery Flat
1 Tricky Me 155 William Dowling Harold A. Via, Jr. Jack Fisher
2 Gigger 160 Christopher Read Kinross Farm Neil R. Morris
3 Mon Villez (Fr) 160 Brittany Trimble Calvin Houghland F. Bruce Miller
4 Motcombe Street 160 Nick Carter Warren Owens A. Timothy White
5 Major Malibu 160 Jack Fisher Mrs. Henry F. Stern Jack Fisher
PU Cat Walkin 160 Carl Rafter Donald Yovanovich Donald Yovanovich
PU Hot For You 160 Steve Currey Steve Currey Steve Currey
Winning Margin: 4 1/2 Winning Time: 3:30 Turf: good
Tricky Me, b. g. 2005, by Unbridled's Song - Mystic Lady, by Thunder Gulch. Bred by Lee Lewis (Ky)
Seventh Race The William Corcoran Eustis Cup Open Timber. About 4 miles over Timber
1 Bequeathed 170 Patrick Worrall Scanden Stable Dawn P. Williams
2 Rosbrian (Ire) *160 Jake Chalfin Rosbrian Farm Casey J. Randall
3 Antonio Star 170 Nick Carter John S. Pettibone Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
Winning Margin: 2 1/2 Winning Time: 9:40 2/5 Turf: good
Bequeathed, dk.b./br. g. 1999, by Deputed Testamony - Romanissimo, by Double Zeus. Bred by Jonathan E. Sheppard (Pa)
Eighth Race The Leonard Weyl Memorial Lady Rider Timber. About 3 miles over Timber
1 Dr. Ramsey 150 Diana Gillam Mary Fleming Finlay Mrs. D. M. Smithwick
2 Glacial Sting 140 Claire MacMahon Rosbrian Farm Tara Elmore
Winning Margin: 2 Winning Time: 7:10 4/5 Turf: good
Dr. Ramsey, dk.b./br. g. 1994, by Northern Baby - Insipid, by Sham. Bred by Arthur B. Hancock, III (Ky)
Ninth Race $2,000. Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Virginia Bred/Sired Flat. About 1 1/4 miles on the Turf
1 Treasure Map 160 William Dowling Riverdee Stable Jack Fisher $1,200
2 Roseville Run 160 Liam McVicar Eric J. Myer Stephen Pollard $400
3 Mark the Shark 150 Jack Fisher Kingfisher Farm Jack Fisher $220
4 Rosemont Runner 160 Bruce Daley Mary Fleming Finlay Mrs. D. M. Smithwick $100
5 First Effort 150 Roddy MacKenzie Rehilian Racing Stable David Bourke $80
6 Let Georgie Do It 160 Jacob Roberts William K. Dove, II William K. Dove, II
7 Goldie 142 John Delaney Randolph D. Rouse Randolph D. Rouse
8 Xoxoxo 142 Nick Carter Warren Owens William Aylor, Jr.
Winning Margin: neck Winning Time: 2:48 3/5 Turf: good
Treasure Map, dk.b./br. g. 2004, by Theatrical (Ire) - Rum Charger (Ire), by Spectrum (Ire). Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone (Va)

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