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Racing Revival Article In Richmond Magazine

Racing Revival

With Colonial Downs set to reopen in New Kent, Virginia officials hope off-site gambling will boost the equine industry


November 28, 2018

Greyvitos To Enter Return Race; May Target Grade I Malibu

The following appeared in Horse Racing Nation’s website this week. Greyvitos is a 3 year old Virginia-bred colt who has won $319,345 from six career starts. He was bred by Audley Farm Equine and is by Malibu Moon out of Snow Top Mountain by Najran.

Graded stakes winner Greyvitos could head postward again as soon as Sunday at Del Mar, trainer Adam Kitchingman said, after the 3-year-old Malibu Moon’s break from the races dating back to May.

Kitchingman is eyeing a 6 ½-furlong allowance optional claiming event on Del Mar’s closing day for Greyvitos, who got back on the work tab in October.

“It just depends if the race goes or not,” Kitchingman said. “If it goes, we’ll be in it. If it doesn’t go, we won’t.”

Greyvitos broke his maiden by winning the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (Gr. 3) at Del Mar November 11th, 2017. Photo by Benoit Photography.

Greyvitos broke his maiden a year ago when off at 19-1 over the same track in the Bob Hope Stakes (G3). He then placed himself on the Kentucky Derby trail with a victory in the Remington Springboard Mile. 

Triple B Farms’ Greyvitos has overcome a number of obstacles during his career. The Virginia-bred overcame colic before sent to Kitchingman, escaped the Lilac Fire safely at San Luis Rey Downs in December, and recovered from surgery to remove knee chips following the Springboard Mile.

Greyvitos made his 3-year-old debut in the Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, fading to fourth after setting the pace. Greyvitos then met a sloppy track for the first time in the Pat Day Mile (G2) on the Kentucky Derby undercard, when he broke wide from post No. 14. He finished 13th after sitting off the pace.

Greyvitos first returned to the work tab Oct. 12 at San Luis Rey. His last three works have been at Del Mar, including a six-furlong move in 1:13.80 Nov. 18 and a half-mile in 47.80 Nov. 25.

Kitchingman is waiting to see how Greyvitos returns before making any future race decisions, but he does have one spot in mind should the colt exit his next race in good order.

“If it goes well, we’re probably going to aim for the Malibu,” the trainer said, “but we’ll just take one step at a time first.”

The Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes is part of Santa Anita’s opening day card Dec. 26. Others pointing toward the seven-furlong feature include Axelrod, a multiple Grade 3 winner and the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) runner-up; Copper Bullet, last year’s Saratoga Special (G2) winner who returned this month to win an allowance at Churchill Downs; Grade 1-placed Seven Trumpets; and multiple graded stakes winner Kanthaka, who also last raced in May.

Former VTA Board Member and Prominent Horsemen Bruce Smart Passes Away at 95

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bruce Smart, a former VTA Board member and prominent horseman, who passed away over the holiday weekend. One of Mr. Smart’s greatest horse achievements was that he bought Grade I winner Flower Alley as a weanling  and later sold him to Eugene Melnyk for $165,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Flower Alley went on to win multiple graded stakes including the Grade 1, Travers at Saratoga.  After he retired to stud, Flower Alley sired Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another.  

Stephen Bruce Smart, Jr., a longtime business executive, government official, dedicated conservationist, prolific writer, and successful owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, died on Thanksgiving Day at his home in Middleburg. He was 95.

A New York native who moved to Upperville in 1987,  Smart worked for Continental Group (formerly Continental Can Company) for more than 30 years, rising through various sales and management positions to become chairman and chief executive officer.

In 1985, he was appointed Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade by President Ronald Reagan, a position he held until 1988.

A lifelong outdoorsman and conservationist, he was vice chairman of the Nature Conservancy and went on to become a senior fellow and board member of the World Resources Institute and a member of the board of directors of the League of Conservation Voters.

In 1987, he and his wife, Edith (Merrill) Smart, moved to Upperville, where he owned and managed Trappe Hill Farm, a 530-acre horse and cattle farm. He bred a number of thoroughbred horses with many going on to solid careers at the race track and in steeplechase competitions.

He wrote extensively on business, ethics and the environment. His 1992 book, “Beyond Compliance: A New Industry View of the Environment,” pointed the way for companies to adapt to climate change. Smart also wrote a trilogy of books about the Virginia Hunt Country he called “A Community of the Horse.”

A reviewer in The Chronicle of The Horse wrote of the trilogy’s first volume: “Other equestrian-rich communities should be so lucky as to have someone with the interest and ability to record what makes them special communities to those of us who own and ride horses.”

Smart’s lifelong passion for competition, incubated on schoolboy hockey teams and further developed by sailboat racing, found another outlet in steeplechase racing.

At Trappe Hill, he began a thoroughbred breeding operation that produced on average of about five yearlings a year. Wayne VanSant, who managed the horse operation at the farm, said Smart “was always fascinated by the thoroughbred market because you could easily quantify your success.”

“You bred them, raised them and sold them, and Trappe Hill always produced good, professional, workmanlike race horses,” VanSant said. “You could buy one of our yearlings and always have a great shot at making your money back on them, if not more. We provided good horses that always held up.”

Smart and his wife, a fine horsewoman herself and former master of the Fairfax Hunt, were regulars  on the local steeplechase racing scene. They bred and raced a number of quality horses and were frequently in the winner’s circle at many venues over a number of years.

“His biggest joy was to have a homebred we raised win a race, and particularly over fences,” VanSant said. “He was in the barn a lot and intensely interested in what we did from day one to make them into good yearlings and productive for their owners.”

In Virginia, Smart served as a member of Loudoun County’s Zoning Ordinance Working Group and the county’s Tax Equity Committee. He was chairman and trustee emeritus of Middleburg Academy (formerly Notre Dame Academy), senior warden of Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville and a member of the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.

Smart helped found the Middleburg Forum, a lecture series that began 24 years ago and brought in prominent guest speakers on a wide variety of local, national and international topics.

He also contributed regular columns, usually on environmental, conservation or preservation issues, to several local publications, including The Fauquier Times.

Smart attended Milton Academy. He’s a graduate of Harvard College and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT. His academic career was interrupted during World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army medical department. He returned to service during the Korean War as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Smart was born in New York City on Feb. 7, 1923, to Beatrice (Cobb) Smart and Stephen Bruce Smart, the former president and chairman of Fruit of the Loom, Inc. His family soon moved to Bedford, N.Y, where he grew up.

Besides Edith, his wife of 69 years, Smart is survived by his sister, Katharine Place; his four children, Edith Moore of Scottsdale, Arizona; William Smart of Bainbridge Island, Washington; Charlotte Rogan of Westport, Connecticut; and Priscilla Schwarzenbach of Marblehead, Massachusetts. He has 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9108 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow the service at Buchanan Hall, 8459 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville.

Colonial Downs plans June 2019 opening for new gambling facility in South Richmond

BY GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch

There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city that’s often overlooked.

“We are excited about one of the largest economic development deals to take place in the Ninth District in years,” said City Councilman Michael Jones.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney , right, 9th District Councilman Michael Jones, center, and John Marshall, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Colonial Downs, left, prepare to feed carrots to retired racehorse Brownie Girl, with rider Dana Harris up, following an announcement Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 that Rosie’s Gaming Emporium will open in the old K-Mart space on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond, VA.

There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best There was no dirt to shovel in the asphalt expanse of the old Kmart parking lot, so representatives from Colonial Downs and the city of Richmond did the next best thing.

They unfurled a “Coming Soon” banner outside the former big-box store off Midlothian Turnpike on Wednesday to herald the expected June 2019 opening of the first Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, a horse betting facility officials called a major boost to a part of the city that’s often overlooked.

“We are excited about one of the largest economic development deals to take place in the Ninth District in years,” said City Councilman Michael Jones.

The South Richmond project – part of a multi-pronged push to reopen the Colonial Downs race track in New Kent County and establish a handful of off-track betting centers elsewhere in Virginia – is expected to bring 150 to 200 jobs with an average salary of more than $40,000.

The facility will feature a restaurant and bar, a simulcast betting facility that will live stream thoroughbred races from other states and 700 historical horse racing terminals, the newly legalized slots-like gambling machines powered by an archive of horse races.

“It will not be long before Rosie’s hosts Richmond’s biggest Kentucky Derby party, Richmond’s biggest Preakness party and Richmond’s biggest Virginia Derby party,” said John Marshall, senior vice president and general manager for Colonial Downs.

The $41 million project is projected to generate $15.5 million in tax revenue each year, with $3 million to $4 million going to the city of Richmond, according to Colonial Downs.

Jones challenged Mayor Levar Stoney to a race on Brownie Girl and Judge, two horses that stood next to the crowd of about 75 people at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. The mayor declined, but the two men fed carrots to the event’s equine stars.

Stoney thanked several New Kent officials who were in the audience, saying “nothing big” in the Richmond region happens without cooperation.

“I can’t wait to come down here and look at the change that will occur in this parking lot,” Stoney said. “It will be truly revolutionary.”

Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing purchased Colonial Downs in April from the track’s original owner, Jacobs Entertainment. Jacobs shuttered the track in 2014 and surrendered its license, a major setback for the Virginia racing industry.

The sale of the track earlier this year was made possible by legislation that legalized historical horse racing machines, which will bring in new gambling revenues to support live racing.

Unlike other businesses that come to town offering job-creating projects, Jones said, the new Colonial Downs owners didn’t ask for tax breaks or other subsidies they could “squeeze out of the city and Richmond taxpayers.” Instead, Jones said, the company has pledged to give $500,000 to nearby Miles Jones Elementary School over five years.

Neighbors had some concerns that a gambling facility might bring crime, Jones said, but Colonial Downs representatives held community meetings to ease those fears and promise a well-lit facility with security cameras pointing in all directions.

“They did it the right way,” Jones said.

Colonial Downs is pursuing similar off-track betting facilities in Hampton, Chesapeake and the town of Vinton in Roanoke County.

Horseshoe Hills Farm’s Stephanie Nixon Appointed To The Virginia Racing Commission

Stephanie Nixon, long time Board member of both the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Racing Commission effective November 2nd. She will replace the vacant Commissioner’s seat previously held by Dr. Charles Steger, who passed away on May 6th.

Nixon owns Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland where she has broke, owned, bred and raised horses for all of her adult life. At the age of one, her father purchased a cabin in Ashland from a doctor friend and moved the family from the City of Richmond a bit farther north. After relocating, he soon caught the racing bug from another friend — Howard Gentry, who at the time was Farm Manager of the The Meadow Farm in Caroline County. That bug, or passion, was passed on to his daughter.

New VRC Commissioner Stephanie Nixon is pictured with her husband Jarrod.

“When I was growing up and one of our horses won, I wanted to hear the race call,” said Nixon. “Since this was before ADW companies or even OTBs, the only option was to call a 900 number where you could hear the race replay at the cost of a dollar per minute. Well, I didn’t want to hear the race call just once,” she added. “I wanted to hear it over and over. Whenever the phone bill came and there was an extra $15 or $20 charge, my father would call me out on it.”

In her adult life, Nixon has had success in all facets of racing. As a trainer, her horses have made 391 starts, have won 38 times and have bankrolled $670,144. She was the trainer of Action Andy when he won the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Colonial Downs in 2011. She’s had multiple winners at the New Kent track with horses like Baton On Fire, Bella Principessa and Saintly Love but if she had to pick one, her favorite would probably be Boltin’ Out.

The Outflanker gelding was bred by John Tucker and owned by his wife Ann, and won five races at Colonial Downs between 2012 and 2013 including the Punch Line Stakes. “Training Boltin’ Out for great people like the Tucker’s and getting those wins in Virginia was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done in the business,” said Nixon.

When asked what the best part has been from her various equine experiences, she did not hesitate. “There’s nothing like seeing a horse you train cross the finish line first. That’s quite a rush. But breaking horses for clients like the Mobberley family in Maryland is just as satisfying. Those business relationships grow into lifetime friendships.”

Away from the track and barn, Nixon has spent the better part of two decades on the Boards of both the VTA and HBPA representing thoroughbred owners and trainers. She was involved in contract negotiations with the former Colonial Downs owner and has helped forge new relationships with the current ownership group.

While serving as a Commissioner, Nixon will no longer be able to own or train horses that race at Colonial Downs. “This is something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a long time,” she said. “With my background, I think I can be of benefit to the industry here, especially in these exciting times. It’s great to see a company putting energy and financial resources into Virginia racing. The possibilities now are endless. I didn’t think we’d ever be in this position.”

Penny Chenery’s Final Resting Place Is Virginia

(Doswell, VA)  – The children of Penny Chenery – Sarah Tweedy Manning, Kate Chenery Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy and John Tweedy – have announced that their mother’s ashes were interred in Virginia on October 20.  A memorial service was held at St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland, followed by a private graveside service at the Chenery family plot in Woodland Cemetery. Penny’s ashes were buried next to the graves of her father Christopher T. Chenery and her mother Helen Bates Chenery.

Beloved by legions of fans as Secretariat’s owner, Penny passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of 95, the same date as her father’s birthday.  Christopher Chenery founded Meadow Stable in 1936 and established the Thoroughbred bloodlines that would eventually produce the legendary Secretariat.

In his heartfelt eulogy, John Tweedy spoke movingly of his mother’s deep love for the land and horses. Here is an excerpt:

“One of the Thoroughbred trade magazines published a photo spread about the Meadow farm in Doswell.  Mom had it laminated and framed, and she hung it on the wall of the office she created out of the sunroom of our Colorado home.  I recall the title of the article distinctly.  It was ‘Of Home, and Land, and Horses.’

And that’s what her soul needed.  She needed horses, not for ambition or sport, but for the connection to the living world of animals that she had grown up with.  The spirit of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ that her father had loved.  The noble goodness you see looking into the deep of a horse’s eye.

Virginia was the family’s real home.  It is, of course, where the Chenery family is from for generations back.  It’s where Chris Chenery returned once he became rich up north, to restore the Meadow to its former grandeur and raise it to the first rank of the horse world.

We decided it was important to bring her home, to be with her father, to this ground, as her final resting place.”

Kate Tweedy noted that her family has a deep appreciation for their ties to Virginia and what Penny meant to her fans.

“We are very committed to keeping Penny’s legacy alive, along with that of Secretariat and his birthplace, The Meadow,” Ms. Tweedy said.

Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s Accountable Captures Second Straight Old Dominion Turf Championship

Accountable wore down front running favorite Jump Ship at the head of the stretch, then went on to a 1 1/4 length triumph in the $35,000 Old Dominion Turf Championship October 27th at Great Meadow. The 4-year-old Cosa Vera gelding captured the same 1 1/4 mile fall Championship race a year ago in dramatic come from behind fashion.

Accountable drives for the finish in the October 27th Old Dominion Turf Championship. Photo courtesy of Douglas Lees.

Overlooked by the betting public at 9-1, Accountable settled in behind track record holder Willisville initially and pressed the pace from second through first three fractions. Approaching the mile marker, Accountable stuck a head in front of the frontrunner and from that point on, never looked back. Willisville faded while Complete St. rallied into second at the top of the stretch and Jump Ship came on strong from sixth. Neither could catch Accountable though, who crossed in 2:31.40 over a soft turf course and rewarded his backers with a $21.20 win payout. Jump Ship took second and the resulting 4-1 exacta returned a handsome $97.10.

The winner was ridden by Ross Geraghty, who won the “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Hurdle Handicap earlier in the day with Optimus Prime. Accountable is out of the Seeking Daylight mare, Seeking Allie, and is owned/bred by Lady Olivia at Northcliff, LLC, based in Rixeyville, Virginia.

Rider Ross Geraghty guided Accountable to his second victory at Great Meadow. Photo by Douglas Lees.

Accountable’s three best performances from 13 career starts have come at Great Meadow. In his 2017 Old Dominion Championship victory, he sat last at the half and eighth at the three-quarter mark in a nine horse contest. Rider Michael Mitchell led a comeback charge up top and guided Accountable to his first lifetime score. At this past spring’s Gold Cup race card, Mitchell directed the Carla Morgan trainee to a solid third place finish in a similar allowance race.

Runner-Up Jump Ship was bred by Althea Richards. The remaining finishers in order were Talk Less (Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III), Complete St. (Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud LLC), Officer’s Oath (Daybreak Stables), Envious Bid (Belinda Whitson) and Willisville (Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone).

The Old Dominion Turf Championship trophy was presented to owner/breeder, Lady Olivia at Northcliff. Photo courtesy of Douglas Lees.

The Old Dominion Turf Championship closed out the 81st International Gold Cup card which featured a combination of eight steeplechase and flat races. A steady rain blanketed the area Friday night and continued until just before the races began on Saturday.

Well Matched Field For Montpelier’s Noel Laing This Saturday In Virginia

A well-matched field of nine will line up for Saturday’s $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap, the featured race of the 84th annual Montpelier Hunt Races in Virginia.

The race meet on the grounds of James and Dolley Madison’s historic home will kick off with a 12:30 p.m. post time.

Ricky Hendriks, currently leading the battle for the training title, will saddle Rosbrian Farm’s Detroit Blues and Clarcam, owned by Rosbrian and Meadow Run Farm, for the 2 1/2-mile trip around Montpelier’s natural brush course.

Winner of a Foxbrook Champion Hurdle division at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20, Detroit Blues will be ridden by Ross Geraghty, while Willie McCarthy was named aboard  Clarcam, who was pulled up in Far Hills’ Grand National (Gr. 1). He was trained by leading Irish horseman Gordon Elliott for North America’s richest steeplechase race and will carry the 154-pound highweight in the Noel Laing.

Two other Noel Laing competitors took part in the Grand National. Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose finished third for the second straight year for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Jack Doyle was named aboard the 2017 Grade 1 winner.

Gillian Johnston’s Days of Heaven, trained by Jack Fisher, finished sixth in the Grand National and will be ridden by Kieran Norris.

Jack Fisher also entered Edith Dixon’s Schoodic, who finished third in last Saturday’s David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) at the International Gold Cup. McCarthy has a double call.

Leslie Young will saddle last year’s Noel Laing winner, Michael A. Smith’s Mercoeur, and Irv Naylor’s Indian Hawk, seventh in Detroit Blues’ division of the Foxbrook. Barry Foley rides Mercoeur, and Eric Poretz will be aboard Indian Hawk.

Naylor also will be represented by Cyril Murphy-trained Osmoz, third in a Far Hills ratings handicap. Graham Watters will ride. The second finisher in the Far Hills handicap, Apple Equipment’s Winner Massagot, will have Thomas Garner in the saddle for trainer Richard Valentine.

The 84th annual Montpelier Hunt Meet is Saturday November 3rd.

Here is the field for the $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap. The horses’ handicap weights are in parentheses at the end of their profiles.

All the Way Jose. 2010 b. g., Senor Swinger—Maternity Leave, by Northern Baby. Owner: Buttonwood Farm. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Breeder: Jonathan Sheppard (Pa.) 2018 record: 5-0-0-1, $ 61,000. 2017 record: 7-2-1-3, $179,300. Finished third in 2018 Grand National Gr. 1) for second straight year, after fifth in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) and sixth in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) at Saratoga. Began 2018 with fourth in Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2) at Middleburg Spring, then fell in Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1). Won 2017 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1). Finished third in Grand National (Gr. 1), beaten two noses. (150)

Days of Heaven (Fr). 2010 dk. b. g., Saint des Saintes—Daramour, by Anabaa Blue (GB). Owner: Gillian Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Guilhaine le Borgne. 2018 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $13,500. 2016 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $14,000. Finished sixth in 2018 Grand National (Gr. 1). In U.S. debut, finished fifth in the 2016 Grand National (Gr. 1) for prominent American owner. Reeled off three straight handicap wins over steeplechase fences last year in England for trainer Nicky Henderson. (150)

Mercoeur (Fr). 2011 gr. or ro. g., Archange d’Or (Ire)—Erivia, by Kendor. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Ambrose Dupont (Fr). 2018 record: 4-0-0-2, $18,750. 2017 record: 4-2-1-0, $54,550. 2016 record: 4-1-0-2, $19,500. Finished fourth in 2018 Far Hills ratings handicap. Finished third in 2018 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 2) and then was fourth in David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2). Also third in National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) on soft ground at Radnor. Won Montpelier’s 2017 Noel Laing after fourth in Far Hills’ 2017 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle. (140)

Clarcam (Fr). 2019 b. g., Califet (Fr)—Rose Beryl, by Lost World. Owner: Rosbrian Farm and Meadow Run Farm. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. Breeder: Jean Michel & Dominique LeBreton. 2018 NSA record: 3-0-0-0, $5,250. Distanced in 2018 Grand National (Gr. 1) for trainer Gordon Elliott. Lost all chance in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) when he stumbled at the third from last fence and his jockey lost an iron. Set pace in Belmont’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) and faded to finish sixth. In final overseas start, won €250,000 Galway Plate Steeplechase by six lengths at 33-to-1 odds. (154)

Winner Massagot (Fr). 2011 ch. g., Muhaymin—Winnor (Fr), by Lesotho. Owner: Apple Equipment. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeders: Christian Ballet and Jean Luc Terrieres (Fr). 2018 NSA record: 1-0-1-0, $9,000. In U.S. debut, finished second in 2018 Far Hills ratings handicap. Won lower-level handicap at England’s Fontwell Park before export. (140)

Osmoz. 2012 dk. b. or br. g., Birdstone—Wichitoz, by Affirmed. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Graham Watters. Breeder: Wertheimer et Frere (Ky.) 2018 record: 3-1-0-1, $14,000. 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $24,400. Won 2018 Fair Hill allowance hurdle by 23 lengths and then was third in Far Hills ratings handicap. Finished seventh in 2018 Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle. Opened 2017 with win in Middleburg Spring ratings handicap, then finished fifth in Iroquois ratings handicap and Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle. Made two starts on the flat in California for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, with a fourth as his best showing. (140).

Detroit Blues (GB). 2010 ch. g., Tobougg (Ire)—Blue Missy, by Swain (Ire). Owner: Rosbrian Farm. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: R. W. Huggins (GB). 2018 record: 2-1-0-1, 82,500. 2016 NSA record: 1-1-0-0, $39,000. Won division of 2018 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle. Came back to the races after missing the 2017 season with third in Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes. Won first U.S. jumps start, a 2016 Saratoga allowance hurdle. (144)

Schoodic. 2010 b. g., Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy. Owner: Edith R. Dixon. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. Breeder: Edith R. Dixon (Ky.) 2018 record: 5-0-1-2, $35,800. 2017 record: 5-1-0-0, $50,750. Finished fifth in Belmont Park’s 2018 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) and then distant third in International Gold Cup’s David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2). Just missed when second by a neck in 2018 Iroquois Steeplechase ratings handicap. Opened 2018 campaign with closing third in Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1), then was ninth in Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2). Won 2017 David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) at Virginia Gold Cup, then was a dull fifth in Radnor’s National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3), a race he won in 2016. (144)

Indian Hawk (Ire). 2012 b. g., Westerner—Yorkshire Girl, by Anshan. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Leslie F. Young. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: Patrick Fennessy (Ire). 2018 NSA record: 2-0-0-0, $0. In U.S. debut, finished seventh in Belmont Park’s 2018 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes and then was seventh in Foxbrook Champion Hurdle division. Concluded his career in England with 10-length victory in a steeplechase allowance at Wincanton in May. In previous start, was second as odds-on favorite in a steeplechase allowance at Towcester. (144)