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To celebrate its 85th anniversary running, the Fair Hill Spring Races will offer a two-day doubleheader, with a twilight racing program on Friday and its traditional pari-mutuel program of Saturday featuring the $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial and the $40,000 Valentine Memorial.

First post time for the Friday program is 4 p.m., and admission is free. The six-race Saturday program kicks off at 1 p.m. Pari-mutuel wagering will be offered only on Saturday.

Friday’s card will feature two timber races, highlighted by a bulging field for a $25,000 race for novices, or horses new to timber racing. Heading a field of 13 for the three-mile race is Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic, a graded stakes winner over hurdles who already has won his two timber starts.

The nine-year-old Tiznow gelding won the John Rush Streett timber maiden at My Lady’s Manor on April 13 and then dominated the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial by 16¾ lengths on May 11. Leading trainer Jack Fisher, the owner’s son, tapped top jockey Michael Mitchell to ride.

Fisher also will saddle Hyggelig Haven’s Political Theatre, winner of the other maiden division, named in memory of Racing Hall of Fame trainer Tom Voss. Hadden Frost has the mount.

Trainer Leslie Young will send out Fat Chance Farm’s Flaming Sword for his second sanctioned career start. In his initial U.S. race, the five-year-old Irish-bred won a Grand National timber allowance by 6¾ lengths. Aaron Sinnott will ride.

Nancy A. Reed’s homebred Awesome Adrian was awesome in winning a Willowdale Steeplechase maiden timber race by 17¼ lengths on May 12 after finishing third to Schoodic in the John Rush Streett division. Eddie Keating will ride for trainer Kathy Neilson.

Hurdle horses take the stage on Saturday, and The Fields Stable will have the horses to beat in the Iris Coggins Memorial for fillies and mares.

Dawn Wall pulled a 17.80-to-1 upset when she won last year’s Coggins Memorial as a maiden. Now six, the Maryland-bred Not For Love mare will be making her first start over fences since last year’s race. Trainer Elizabeth Voss named Sean McDermott to ride.

Voss also will saddle the likely race favorite, Sarah Joyce, a multiple stakes winner who most recently finished third, beaten two lengths, in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley Stakes, a race that the Irish-bred had won in the previous two years. Jack Doyle will ride the seven-year-old.

Also in the field is Joseph F. Fowler’s Down Royal, who finished second in the Henley. Trainer Kate Dalton named husband Bernie Dalton to ride. Owner-trainer Bethany Baumgardner will ride her Mavourneen, who finished fourth in the Henley.

Details of the 2¼-mile Coggins Memorial field are below.

Belisarius, who ran an atypically dull race in the Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) on May 11, will be looking to make amends in the Valentine Memorial Handicap, also at 2¼ miles.

Owned by Preakness Stakes (Gr. 1)-winning owner Gary Barber with Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable, Belisarius won a division of the Far Hills Races’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle last October and was second in the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2) on April 20.

Before his ninth-place finish in the Nashville race, Belisarius had never been worse than third over fences. Bernie Dalton again will ride for his wife.

Also looking to get back on track is Mark W. Buyck Jr.’s Grade 1 winner Show Court, who was pulled up in the Temple Gwathmey. Winner of last summer’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) at Saratoga Race Course, Show Court is trained by Arch Kingsley Jr. and will be ridden by Barry Foley.

Here is the field for the Iris Coggins Memorial in post-position order. The horses’ National Steeplechase Association ratings are in parentheses at the end of their profiles.

Furiosa. 2014 dk. b. or br. m., Mizzen Mast—Katara, by Pulpit. Owner: Clarke Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeder: Clarke Ohrstrom (Ky.) 2019 record: 3-0-0-1, $2,600. Finished ninth in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Finished third in maiden hurdle at 2019 Foxfield Spring meet after sixth in similar race at The Cup Runneth Over meet.

Down Royal. 2014 gr. or ro. m., Alphabet Soup—Miss Crown, by High Yield. Owner: Joseph F. Fowler. Trainer: Kate Dalton. Jockey: Bernie Dalton. Breeders: Bernard and Kate Dalton (N.Y.) 2019 record: 1-0-1-0, $9,000. 2018 record: 3-0-1-2, $13,400. 2017 NSA record: 3-1-1-0, $24,000. Finished second in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Began 2018 with second in Carolina Cup allowance hurdle, then was third in similar races at Middleburg Spring and Iroquois. Awarded second place in Far Hills’ 2017 Gladstone Stakes after sustaining interference from first finisher, then won a Charleston allowance hurdle. (111)

Bullet Star. 2014 dk. b. or br. m., Bullet Train (GB)—Ptarmigan, by Unbridled Jet. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Magalen O. Bryant (Ky.). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,500. 2018 record: 3-1-0-0, $14,000. 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,200. Led early in 2019 Daniel Van Clief Memorial and finished third. Finished fifth in Fair Hill’s 2018 Iris Coggins Memorial. Began 2018 with maiden victory at Georgia Steeplechase, then was pulled up in Margaret Currey Henley at the Iroquois Steeplechase. Finished fifth in career debut on flat at 2017 International Gold Cup. Her dam was champion steeplechase female in 2010. (105)

Amnicalola. 2013 b. m., Arch—Copelan’s Angel, by Copelan. Owner: Gil Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Breeder: Christiana Stables LLC (Ky.). 2019 record: 2-1-0-0, $12,000. 2017 NSA record: 4-0-2-0, $9,700. Returned after missing 2018 season to win a maiden hurdle at The Cup Runneth Over meet, then was pulled up in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Finished fourth in Margaret Currey Henley Stakes at 2017 Iroquois after seconds in maiden hurdles for fillies and mares at the Atlanta Steeplechase and Carolina Cup. (106)

Sarah Joyce (Ire). 2012 b. m., The Carbon Unit—The Real Thing, by Traditionally. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Thistle Bloodstock (Ire). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $5,000. 2018 record: 2-1-0-1, $34,000. 2017 record: 5-2-0-1, $57,250. Finished third in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Scored game victory in 2018 Margaret Currey Henley after third in Life’s Illusion Stakes at Carolina Cup. Impressive winner of 2017 Margaret Currey Henley, then fourth as even-money favorite in Fair Hill’s Irish Coggins Memorial. Finished third in Saratoga’s 2017 Mrs. Ogden Phipps and was sixth in Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes. Won 2017 debut in Queen’s Cup ratings handicap. (116)

Mavorneen. 2010 ch. m., Langfuhr—Rowdy, by Malibu Moon. Owner-trainer: Bethany Baumgardner. Jockey: Bethany Baumgardner. 2019 record: 2-0-1-0, $7,000. 2018 record: 3-2-0-0, $27,000. Ran solid race to be second in 2019 Daniel Van Clief Memorial at Foxfield Spring, then was fourth in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Closed 2018 season with back-to-back wins in Foxfield Fall maiden hurdle and Montpelier allowance hurdle. (111)

Go As You Please. 2015 b. f., Paddy O’Prado—Well Fashioned, by Cozzene. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Graham Watters. Breeder: Magalen O. Bryant (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,000. 2018 record: 1-0-1-0, $5,400. Opened 2019 with fourth in Foxfield Spring maiden hurdle, then was 10th in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. In only other career start, finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup maiden hurdle for fillies and mares.

Dawn Wall. 2013 b. m., Not For Love—Guelph, by Sky Classic. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Mimi Voss (Md.). 2018 record: 2-1-0-0, $30,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0-1, $3,600. Won Fair Hill’s Iris Coggins Memorial in final 2018 jumps start. Finished eighth in Virginia Gold Cup open maiden hurdle. Began career with sixth in Foxfield Fall maiden hurdle for females. Foal of two-time female champion Guelph, who also was the novice champion in 2005.

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The Monday Report for May 20, featuring Pured It’s victory in the Radnor Hunt Cup and Michael Mitchell’s three-win day, is now available here.

The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MR5-20-19w.pdf

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Pured It, coming back on six days’ rest, set all the pace in Saturday’s $35,000 Radnor Hunt Cup and gamely held off a determined challenge from Le Chevalier to win by a neck. Two’s Company finished third, 7 ¼ lengths behind Le Chevalier, and Lemony Bay was fourth.

Owned by Sycamore Run Farm and Move-Up Stables, Pured It had finished third in the Willowdale Steeplechase on the previous Sunday after following a slow pace in very wet edition of the race over mixed obstacles.

Trainer Kathy Neilson and jockey Eddie Keating adopted a different approach for the 3¼-mile Radnor Hunt Cup, the signature race of the 89th annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa. The Radnor Hunt Cup was climatically the polar opposite of Willowdale, with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s.

Pured It, regarded as one of the longshots in a field of seven timber specialists, jumped out to an early, uncontested lead over Lemony Bay and Two’s Company, both owned by Bruton Street-US, while Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier was in his usual position at the back of the field.

They changed positions very little until Kieran Norris asked Virginia Gold Cup runner-up Le Chevalier for a bit of run on the last trip down the backstretch. The 10-year-old responded readily and was in striking range nearing the final fence.

Le Chevalier bid for the lead on the outside after the last, but Pured It was up to the challenge. Keating kept the 10-year-old Purim gelding moving forward, and they held off Le Chevalier to secure the victory.

Two’s Company, the 2016 timber champion, ran evenly to best Lemony Bay by 3 ¼ lengths.

Pured It, who had been disqualified from an allowance victory at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup last November, ran the Radnor Hunt Cup’s distance in 7:13 1/5 on turf rated as good.

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Two stakes winners owned by the The Fields Stable, Dawn Wall and Sarah Joyce, are among a crowded list of 16 nominees to the $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial, the hurdle feature of the 85th annual Fair Hill Spring Races.

The anniversary edition of the popular Northern Maryland meet will be a two-day affair on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25. Two timber races and two training flat races will be on the Friday twilight program, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

The Saturday card will feature six hurdle races, including the Coggins Memorial and the $40,000 Valentine Memorial Handicap, and a training flat race. First post time for that session will be 1 p.m., and pari-mutuel wagering will be available.

Dawn Wall went into last year’s Coggins Memorial as a maiden and emerged as a half-length stakes winner at generous odds of 17.80-to-1. Ridden by Jack Doyle, she made a big move on Fair Hill’s final turn, led at the final fence, and held on well for the victory.

The Fields Stable of Dede and Laddie Merck has had a long association with the Voss family and particularly with Dawn Wall, who was bred in Maryland by Mimi Voss and is trained by Elizabeth Voss.

The Fields Stable also nominated Sara Joyce, a multiple stakes winner who finished third, beaten two lengths, in her attempt to win a third straight Margaret Currey Henley Stakes at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 11. The Irish-bred seven-year-old mare also is trained by Elizabeth Voss.

The Henley produced several nominees to the 2¼-mile Coggins Memorial, including owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s winner Wigwam Baby, who prevailed by 1¼ lengths over Joseph Fowler’s Down Royal, a Coggins nominee from the stable of trainer Kate Dalton.

Owner-trainer-jockey Bethany Baumgardner nominated Mavourneen, who finished fourth in the Henley after a second-place finish in Foxfield Spring’s Daniel Van Clief Memorial, a ratings handicap against male opponents.

Also nominated out of the Henley were KMSN Stable’s Inverness, seventh; Clarke Ohrstrom’s Furiosa, ninth; Beverly Steinman’s Go As You Please, 10th; and Gil Johnston’s Amnicalola, who was pulled up.

Owner-trainer F. Hill Parker’s 2016 champion Get Ready Set Goes was nominated for a comeback effort in what would be her first start of the year. The Ohio-bred most recently finished fourth to Sarah Joyce in last year’s Henley.

Here are the 16 nominees to the $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial.

Amnicalola. 2013 b. f., Arch—Copelan’s Angel, by Copelan. Owner: Gil Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: Christiana Stables LLC (Ky.). 2019 record: 2-1-0-0, $12,000. 2017 NSA record: 4-0-2-0, $9,700. Returned after missing 2018 season to win a maiden hurdle at The Cup Runneth Over meet, then was pulled up in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Finished fourth in Margaret Currey Henley Stakes at 2017 Iroquois after seconds in maiden hurdles for fillies and mares at the Atlanta Steeplechase and Carolina Cup.

Blackhaw’s Sis. 2013 b. m., Military—Morning Ride, by Lear Fan. Owner: Eve Ledyard. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Breeder: Joel Zanzow (Minn.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. Finished seventh and eighth, respectively in 2019 maiden hurdles at the Aiken Spring Races and The Cup Runneth Over meet. Completed flat career at Canterbury Downs in races for fillies and mares.

Bullet Star. 2014 dk. b. or br. m., Bullet Train (GB)—Ptarmigan, by Unbridled Jet. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Breeder: Magalen O. Bryant (Ky.). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,500. 2018 record: 3-1-0-0, $14,000. 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,200. Led early in 2019 Daniel Van Clief Memorial and finished third. Finished fifth in Fair Hill’s 2018 Iris Coggins Memorial. Began 2018 with maiden victory at Georgia Steeplechase, then was pulled up in Margaret Currey Henley at the Iroquois Steeplechase. Finished fifth in career debut on flat at 2017 International Gold Cup. Her dam was champion steeplechase female in 2010. (102)

Dawn Wall. 2013 b. m., Not For Love—Guelph, by Sky Classic. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Breeder: Mimi Voss (Md.). 2018 record: 2-1-0-0, $30,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0-1, $3,600. Won Fair Hill’s Iris Coggins Memorial in final 2018 jumps start. Finished eighth in Virginia Gold Cup open maiden hurdle. Began career with sixth in Foxfield Fall maiden hurdle for females. Foal of two-time female champion Guelph, who also was the novice champion in 2005.

Down Royal. 2014 gr. or ro. f., Alphabet Soup—Miss Crown, by High Yield. Owner: Joseph F. Fowler. Trainer: Kate Dalton. Breeders: Bernard and Kate Dalton (N.Y.) 2019 record: 1-0-1-0, $9,000. 2018 record: 3-0-1-2, $13,400. 2017 NSA record: 3-1-1-0, $24,000. Finished second in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Began 2018 with second in Carolina Cup allowance hurdle, then was third in similar races at Middleburg Spring and Iroquois. Awarded second place in Far Hills’ 2017 Gladstone Stakes after sustaining interference from first finisher, then won a Charleston allowance hurdle. (111)

Furiosa. 2014 dk. b. or br. m., Mizzen Mast—Katara, by Pulpit. Owner: Clarke Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Breeder: Clarke Ohrstrom (Ky.) 2019 record: 3-0-0-1, $2,600. Finished ninth in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Finished third in maiden hurdle at 2019 Foxfield Spring meet after sixth in similar race at The Cup Runneth Over meet.

Get Ready Set Goes. 2012 ch. f., Run Away and Hide—Ready to Goes, by Lord Avie. Owner-trainer: F. Hill Parker. Breeder: Frances Hill Myers (Ohio). 2018 record: 2-0-0-0, $2,500. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $4,500. Champion, novice and female, 2016. Finished seventh in Carolina Cup’s 2018 Life’s Illusion Stakes, then was fourth in in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Reigned as 2016 female champion after winning Saratoga’s Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes and Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes, and also seized novice title by earnings. (112)

Go As You Please. 2015 b. f., Paddy O’Prado—Well Fashioned, by Cozzene. Owner: Beverly R. Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Breeder: Magalen O. Bryant (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,000. 2018 record: 1-0-1-0, $5,400. Opened 2019 with fourth in Foxfield Spring maiden hurdle, then was 10th in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. In only other career start, finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup maiden hurdle for fillies and mares.

Inverness. 2014 dk. b. or br. f., Giant’s Causeway—Fareena, by Point Given. Owner: KMSN Stable. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Breeder: Spirit Lake Enterprises (Pa.). 2019 record: 2-0-0-1, $2,000. 2018 NSA record: 4-0-1-2, $17,500. Finished third in 2019 The Cup Runneth Over maiden hurdle for fillies and mares, then was seventh in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Finished second in 2018 Margaret Currey Henley in second start over fences. Maiden winner on flat at Penn National.

Mavorneen. 2019 ch. m., Langfuhr—Rowdy, by Malibu Moon. Owner-trainer: Bethany Baumgardner. 2019 record: 2-0-1-0, $7,000. 2018 record: 3-2-0-0, $27,000. Ran solid race to be second in 2019 Daniel Van Clief Memorial at Foxfield Spring, then was fourth in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley. Closed 2018 season with back-to-back wins in Foxfield Fall maiden hurdle and Montpelier allowance hurdle. (111)

Pamzine. 2012 gr. or ro. m., Dunkirk—Minkie, by Red Ransom. Owners: John C. and Marlou Gregory and Why Not Racing. Trainer: Lilith Boucher. Breeder: Michael J. Moran (Pa.) 2019 NSA record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2018 record: No starts. In her first start over fences, won a Carolina Cup maiden claiming hurdle.

Sarah Joyce (Ire). 2012 b. m., The Carbon Unit—The Real Thing, by Traditionally. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Breeder: Thistle Bloodstock (Ire). 2019 record: 11-0-0-1, $5,000. 2018 record: 2-1-0-1, $34,000. 2017 record: 5-2-0-1, $57,250. Finished third in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley. Scored game victory in 2018 Margaret Currey Henley after third in Life’s Illusion Stakes at Carolina Cup. Impressive winner of 2017 Margaret Currey Henley, then fourth as even-money favorite in Fair Hill’s Irish Coggins Memorial. Finished third in Saratoga’s 2017 Mrs. Ogden Phipps and was sixth in Far Hills’ Peapack Stakes. Won 2017 debut in Queen’s Cup ratings handicap. (116)

Sweeter Surprise. 2012 dk. b. or br. m., Fairbanks—Tanwi Spring, by Mt. Livermore. Owner-trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Breeder: Jonathan Sheppard (Pa.) 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $800. In first start over fences, finished fifth in 2019 maiden hurdle for fillies and mares at Foxfield Spring meet.

That’s That. 2015 b. f., The Factor—Fantastic Promise, by Fantastic Light. Owner: Debra E. Kachel. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Breeders: Ashleigh Stud Farm and White Diamond LLC (Ky.) 2019 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. In first start over fences, finished second in 2019 Foxfield Spring maiden hurdle for fillies and mares.

Twentytwentycrest. 2014 dk. b. or br. m., Court Vision—Clear Lake, by Megas Vukefalos. Owner: Langcrest Farm. Trainer: Leslie Young. Breeder: Hill ’N’ Dale Farm (Ont.) 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $600. In first start over fences, finished sixth in 2019 maiden hurdle for fillies and mares at Foxfield Spring.

Wigwam Baby. 2011 b. m., Langfuhr—Tepee Tot, by Waquoit. Owner: Jonathan Sheppard. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Breeders: Bill Pape and Jonathan Sheppard (Pa.) 2019 record: 2-1-0-0, $30,750. 2018 record: 5-0-1-0, $4,800. 2017 NSA record: 4-0-1-1, $22,250. Won Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Margaret Currey Henley after sixth in The Cup Runneth Over ratings handicap. Finished second in 2018 Montpelier handicap. Finished sixth in Life’s Illusion Stakes at 2018 Carolina Cup, then fell in Margaret Currey Henley Stakes and was seventh in Fair Hill’s Iris Coggins Memorial. Finished second in Saratoga’s 2017 Mrs. Ogden Phipps. (103)

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Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier, a solid second in the Virginia Gold Cup on May 4, will line up against a quality field of timber specialists in Saturday’s $35,000 Radnor Hunt Cup, the featured race of the 89th annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa.

The popular race meet drew full or oversubscribed fields for half of its six races. First post time at W. Burling Cocks Memorial Race Course is 1:30 p.m.

Also on the program is the $35,000 National Hunt Cup, an allowance hurdle, and the $30,000 Thompson Memorial, a ratings handicap for horses ranked at 120 or lower.

Trained by Julie Gomena, Le Chevalier went off as the Virginia Gold Cup’s 2.70-1 favorite after finishing second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup and again finished behind winner Andi’amu. The 10-year-old Broken Vow gelding had won Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup last October. Kieran Norris will ride.

His principal competitor in the 3 1/4-mile Radnor Hunt Cup will be Two’s Company, the 2016 timber champion owned by Bruton Street-US and trained by Jack Fisher. The 10-year-old Irish-bred finished third in the Middleburg Hunt Cup, 15 lengths behind Le Chevalier, on April 20. Sean McDermott will ride Two’s Company, winner of last fall’s New Jersey Hunt Cup.

Bruton Street-US and Fisher also will send out Lemony Bay, who finished second in the Willowdale Steeplechase last Sunday. Hadden Frost will be in the saddle.

Sycamore Run Farm’s and Move Up Stable’s Pured It also will be coming back on six days’ rest from a third-place finish in the Willowdale Steeplechase. Eddie Keating will ride.

Neilson also will saddle Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday, who finished third in the Virginia Gold Cup. Gerard Galligan has a return call on the 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup winner, who finished fifth this year.

Armata Stables’ Wildcatter, winner of the 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup by disqualification, went off course in the Grand National on April 20 in his only 2019 start. Trainer Elizabeth Voss named Jack Doyle to ride.

Completing the field is S. Rebecca Shepherd’s Curve of Stones, who most recently finished fourth in the Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon Stakes. Barry Foley will ride for trainer David Bourke.

Here is the field for the $35,000 Radnor Hunt Cup in post-position order.

Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-1, $11,200. 2018 record: 6-1-2-1, $51,800. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. Finished third in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after fifth in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.

Curve of Stones 2011 gr. or ro. g., Arch—Exceptionally, by El Prado (Ire). Owner: Sarah Rebecca Shepherd. Trainer: David M. Bourke. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Audley Farm (Va.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $2,800. 2018 record: 3-0-0-0, $2,100. 2017 record: 8-0-0-1, $18,100. Made change to steeplethons in 2019 and finished fifth at Middleburg Spring and fourth at the Virginia Gold Cup. Finished sixth in 2018 Far Hills ratings handicap. Began 2018 with fifth in Shawan Downs rating handicap and was eighth in Virginia Fall ratings handicap. Finished third in 2017 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2).

Two’s Company (Ire). 2009 b. g., Soviet Star—Gaye Lady, by Pistolet Bleu (Ire). Owner: Bruton Street-U.S. Trainer Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeders: M. W. and Mrs. M. Doran (Ire). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. 2018 record: 4-1-0-2, $39,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2016 record: 6-4-2-0, $103,200. Timber champion 2016. Finished third in 2019 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 New Jersey Hunt Cup after third in Mason Houghland Memorial and National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Capped 2016 championship season with wins in Middleburg Hunt Cup, Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs and Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup.

Le Chevalier. 2009 g. or ro. g., Broken Vow—Orellana, by With Approval. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Haras du Mezeray (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-2-0, $23,400. 2018 record: 4-1-2-1, $54,900. 2017 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. Finished good second in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after second in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, then was third in International Gold Cup. Finished second in Virginia Gold Cup and Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won the 2016 New Jersey Hunt Cup.

 Wildcatter. 2008 dk. b. or br. g., Tale of the Cat—Cita My Dear, by Kris S. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Ramona S. Bass (Ky.) 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2018 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2017 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,000. Went off course in 2019 Grand National. Pulled up in 2018 My Lady’s Manor and refused fence late in Maryland Hunt Cup. Finished third in the 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup after falling in Grand National. Finished second and placed first in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup.

Lemony Bay (GB). 2009 b. g., Overbury—Lemon’s Mill, by Roberto. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Hadden Frost. Breeder: G. R. Waters (GB). 2019 record: 2-0-1-1, $11,300. 2018 record: No starts. 2017 record: 2-1-1-0, $36,000. Finished second in 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase after third in My Lady’s Manor, his first start in almost 23 months. Won 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was game second in Virginia Gold Cup. Closed 2016 season with victory in Steeplechase at Callaway timber allowance race.

Pured It. 2009 b. g., Purim—Judiths Humor, by Hennessy. Owner: Sycamore Run Farm and Move Up Stable. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey; Eddie Keating. Breeder: Ashleigh Stud, Frank Ramos, and Jackie Ramos (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,500. 2018 record: 6-0-2-1, $16,050. Finished third in 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase after losing jockey in Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial timber allowance.

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The Monday Report for May 13 is now available here.

The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MR5-13-19w.pdf

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Kinross Farm’s Just Wait and See controlled the pace throughout Sunday’s $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase and drew away after the last fence to win by six lengths on a rain-soaked course in Kennett Square, Pa.

Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay, who shadowed Just Wait and See for much of the Willowdale Steeplechase’s 3½ miles, finished second after briefly drawing close to the leader before the last fence. Sycamore Run Farm’s and Move Up Stable’s Pured It finished third, another 1 ¼ lengths farther back. Blair Wyatt’s Witor was fourth in a field of seven.

Trained by Richard Valentine, Just Wait and See ran the Willowdale Steeplechase distance in 8:13 4/5 on soft turf that had been soaked by heavy overnight rain that continued through the afternoon.

Jockey Mark Beecher broke Just Wait and See on top at the start and never relinquished the lead. For much of the race, they led by 2 ½ or three lengths as Lemony Bay, ridden by Hadden Frost and Pured It under Eddie Keating alternated in the second spot.

As the field completed the final run up to the Willowdale Steeplechase’s long run across its ridge, Just Wait and See was going easily and opened a wider lead as the field headed down to the last fence. Frost asked Lemony Bay to run approaching the final fence, but Wait and See had a ready answer as he knocked down a rail on the last fence.

Beecher rode Just Wait and See vigorously to the final fence, and they pulled away from their tiring opponents to the finish line.

A 10-year-old Irish-bred, Just Wait and See was coming off three straight third-place finishes in Virginia steeplethons over mixed obstacles, a combination similar to Willowdale’s course of timber and natural brush fences.

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Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer landed over the last fence of Saturday’s $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) in stride with Surprising Soul and slowly pulled away to a gritty one-length victory in the National Steeplechase Association’s richest spring race.

Bruton Street-US’s Moscato finished fast-closing third in a field of six, a head behind Surprising Soul, and Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose finished fourth, 13 ½ lengths farther back. The Irish-bred provided his trainer, Jack Fisher, with a fourth win on the Iroquois card at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park on a warm and occasionally rainy afternoon.

Ridden by Sean McDermott, Scorpiancer ran the Calvin Houghland’s three miles in 5:43 4/5 on turf rated as good.

Scorpiancer had closed out his 2017 Eclipse Award-winning season with a 16-length victory in the Iroquois classic, had missed the 2018 season, and was pulled up in his comeback race, Middleburg Spring’s Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2), which was won impressively by Moscato on April 20.

The unasked and unanswered question was whether the 10-year-old Scorpiancer had lost too many steps to be competitive again at the top level. Although he had the highest NSA rating among the six starters, Moscato would have been considered the favorite among Fisher’s four starters.

The Temple Gwathmey effort and three weeks made a big difference in his conditioning, and Scorpiancer’s staying power carried him to the finish line in a valiant effort. The victory was by no means easy, unlike two years earlier, and it took all of McDermott’s considerable skills to get him to the line in front of Wendy Hendriks’ dead-game Surprising Soul.

Bruton Street’s Jaleo, third in the Temple Gwathmey, went out first at the start, but All the Way Jose wanted the lead more, took over after the first few fences, and opened a six-length lead as the field passed under the wire for the first time.

Surprising Soul shadowed the leader while Scorpiancer and Moscato brought up the rear for the first circuit of the course. McDermott tipped his mount to the outside and closed the gap slightly as the field jumped the backstretch fences for the last time.

Approaching the final two fences, Scorpiancer moved forward on the outside as Moscato joined the race and All the Way Jose tired slightly and surrendered the lead to Surprising Soul two fences out.

Ross Geraghty powered Surprising Soul toward the final two hurdles, and Scorpiancer pulled abreast as they jumped the last. Scorpiancer responded to McDermott’s entreaties and edged away to the finish and his second Calvin Houghland Iroquois victory.

City Dreamer takes Marcellus Frost

Fisher’s hot season continued in the big-purse races when Riverdee Stable’s City Dreamer made a huge run through Iroquois’ stretch to nail Help From Heaven on the money and win the $100,000 Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle by a neck.

New arrivals in America, Hudson River Farms’ Winston C and Irv Naylor’s Chief Justice finished third and fourth, respectively, in a field of nine novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences.

Carrington Holdings’ Boss Man went to the lead immediately after the start and led The Fields Stable’s Barnacle Bill for the first two miles of the 2 ¼-mile Marcellus Frost. City Dreamer, ridden by Sean McDermott, was in midfield and somewhat rank into the first run down Percy Warner’s backstretch.

The running began in earnest on the final turn, with Nashville resident Virginia Lazenby’s Help From Heaven making progress under Ross Geragthy and Winston C making his move on the outside.

Barnacle Bill moved to the front two fences up, but Help From Heaven took the lead over the last. McDermott went to work on City Dreamer after the last, and they closed relentlessly on the far outside to grab the second win of the day for Fisher.

Winston C, ridden by Thomas Garner, finished a half-length farther back in third, and Chief Justice was another half-length back in fourth with Davy Russell riding for trainer leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.

City Dreamer, who had finished fourth in the Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase two weeks earlier in Charlotte, ran the Marcellus Frost distance in 4:23 flat on turf rated as good.

Fisher’s first win on an occasionally stormy afternoon came a race earlier in the $35,000 Bright Hour ratings handicap when Bruton Street-US’s Lord Justice made a powerful move two out under Michael Mitchell, led by two lengths at the last, and won by 4 ½ lengths.

Rosbrian Farm’s Stooshie, trained by Elliott and ridden by three-time champion Irish jockey Russell, finished second, three lengths ahead of Tantivy Racing’s Motivational, who had cut the early pace. Lord Justice ran the race’s three miles in 5:50 3/5.

Fisher picked up his third win of the afternoon when his mother Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic easily won the $25,000 Mason Houghland Iroquois over timber. Ballybristol Farm’s Mercoeur finished second, and Hudson River Farms’ Codrington College was third. Hadden Frost rode the winner.

Elliott picked up his first Iroquois victory with Markham in a $40,000 maiden hurdle. Always well placed under Russell, Markham took the lead at the second-to-last fence and drew clear in the stretch to a 4½-length victory.

Bruton Street’s Snap Decision made a sharp late move to finish second, and Riverdee Stable’s Archanova was third, another 1 ½-length farther back, in a field of 10. Owned by Rosbrian Farm and Half Married Syndicate, Markham ran the 2¼-mile distance in 4:20 3/5.

Wigwam Baby wins Margaret Currey Henley

Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Wigwam Baby, always full of run under Aaron Sinnott, seized the lead five fences from the finish in the $50,000 Margaret Currey Henley for fillies and mares and easily turned back a challenge from Joseph Fowler Jr.’s Down Royal to win by 1¼ lengths.

The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce, seeking to win the Henley for a third straight year, went to the lead at the break and held on well for third, three-quarters of a length behind Down Royal. Owner-trainer-jockey Bethany Baumgardner’s Mavourneen finished fourth in a field of 11.

Bred by Sheppard and Bill Pape, Wigwam Baby had previously finished sixth in a ratings handicap at The Cup Runneth Over meet in Camden, S.C., on April 6. The eight-year-old Langfuhr mare ran the 2 1/4-mile distance in 4:23 4/5.

The Henley was the second victory of the afternoon for Sheppard, who was represented at Iroquois by assistant trainer Keri Brion. In the afternoon’s first race, KMSN Stable’s Sportswear won a $50,000 allowance hurdle by a half-length with a strong late run under Gerard Galligan.

One of the first horses by undefeated Frankel to race over fences in the United States, Sportswear remained unbeaten over fences following an initial victory in a Middleburg Spring maiden hurdle on April 20.

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by Craig Braddick

Dixon Stroud is the founder of the Willowdale Steeplechase taking place this Sunday (May 12) in Kennett Square, Pa.

An accomplished horseman, Dixon won the 1984 Maryland Hunt Cup on Bewley’s Hill and on the same horse took part in the 1987 Grand National at Aintree. Then, as now, a top-four finish in the Maryland Hunt Cup would get you entry into the Grand National.

Bewley’s Hill was brought down at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit but thankfully both horse and rider were ok, though Dixon broke his nose!

Dixon kindly agreed to a few questions as we look forward to the Willowdale Steeplechase.

 Please tell us about the origins of the Willowdale Steeplechase.

Dixon Stroud: In the early 1990s, I spoke with Bill Pape, who was head of the NSA, as I realized there were lots of riders in the area but there wasn’t a steeplechase here. You had Winterthur, Radnor, and Fair Hill. So, I asked him about the property we have now, and they were positive about it. They asked: “Do you have a lot of local color?” I did not know that meant money to pay for the races. I answered “yes” and only learned what that really meant the next year! The NSA was behind me all the way, and I convinced family and friends it was a good idea. I was excited about it and did some homework and the first race was in 1993.

 What have been some of your successful marketing ideas for this year’s race? 

DS: Lisa Hatcher and Leslie White have worked really hard on this year’s race, and you can now buy tickets online for the event. We have been working hard to get corporate sponsorships, and Lisa has been very persistent in landing some of those. We were always on Facebook but have got better at doing that and are now using all the social media tools more effectively.

The Willowdale Steeplechase is on Mother’s Day – so what family activities do you have going on? 

DS: We have something called “Kid’s Alley” where the kids can make and ride the stick ponies. Our beneficiaries–the Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services Inc. and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center–all cater to the children and promote Willowdale as well.  All of our sponsors promote Willowdale and take part in entertaining the children. People love the Jack Russell races; it is a very big draw for people.

Tell us a fascinating fact about the Willowdale Steeplechase people may not know about.  

DS: You can see the whole course from one or two vantage points. I put in some wider fences, a combination of timber and brush, an open ditch, a water jump. They just don’t jump the artificial hurdles, so it is very exciting to watch! The track used to be the other way around too. We turned it into the current layout in the 1990s. The first year here I rode and had a maiden horse. You know, the stewards are in control and said I couldn’t jump the water jump on a maiden. I was a little frustrated, and I may have gone swimming too. You never know!

If people want to plan a last-minute trip to Willowdale this Sunday, how can they get tickets? 

DS: They can go online and buy them at www.willowdalesteeplechase.org. If people are interested in becoming involved with corporate sponsorship, we would love to have them, and through our website they can contact Lisa Hatcher, who would be delighted to meet with them!

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Leading Irish jumps trainer Gordon Elliott knows how to win in America, and he will have three contenders in three races at Saturday’s Iroquois Steeplechase at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park.

Last year, the County Meath-based horseman shipped Jury Duty into Far Hills, N.J., for a victory in the $450,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America’s richest steeplechase race.

A year earlier, he imported Zanjabeel to win Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle. For new owners, Zanjabeel won last year’s Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) and was voted the year’s Eclipse Award as North America’s champion steeplechase horse.

Elliott’s leading prospect for Saturday is novice Chief Justice, who has been acquired by leading American owner Irv Naylor. The four-year-old will compete in the Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle, the afternoon’s third race.

The English-bred gelding reeled off four wins over hurdles last year, finished in midpack in the Cheltenham Festival’s Boodles Fred Winter Hurdle Handicap in March, and won his getaway race on the Grand National program at Aintree on April 6.

Three-time champion jockey Davy Russell, who has been aboard Chief Justice for many of his starts, will be in the saddle on Saturday.

Russell also has the mount on Elliott-trained Markham, who will be horse to beat in the fifth race, the George Sloan and John Sloan Jr. Hurdle for maidens over fences.

Now owned by Maryland-based Rosbrian Farm and Half Married Syndicate, the Kentucky-bred six-year-old has three victories on the flat and placings in three hurdle races since last September.

Irish riding sensation Jack Kennedy will be aboard Rosbrian’s Stooshie in the Bright Hour, a three-mile ratings handicap for horses with National Steeplechase Association ratings of 125 or lower. The six-year-old Irish-bred most recently was fifth in an April 11 steeplechase at Limerick for trainer Elliott.

Kennedy, now 20, also is no stranger to American winner’s circles. He rode Zanjabeel to victories in the 2017 Foxbrook and last fall’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) at Belmont Park.

The richest race meet on the National Steeplechase Association’s spring calendar, the Iroquois Steeplechase has become a target for overseas-based owners and trainers. In 2016, Willie Mullins shipped in two leading contenders for the Calvin Houghland Iroquois, but they could not get past Naylor’s Rawnaq, who was voted the year’s Eclipse champion.

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