December 2016 Issue - page 1

Vol. 23 No. 12
Our 23rd Year
December 2016
(Continued on page 25)
Holiday Gift Guide issue!
By Marcella Peyre-Ferry
Irvin S. Naylor made two
trips to the winner’s circle as the
owner of Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
winner Ebanour, and Maiden
Timber winner Henry San.
The 82nd running of the PA
Hunt Cup was held Sun., Nov. 6
in Unionville, PA. A beautiful,
brisk sunny day and good footing
made for competitive racing over
The featured $35,000 PA
Hunt Cup drew a field of six
starters with Ebanour and Super
Saturday both running under
Naylor’s colors. Super Saturday,
trained by Katherine Neilson and
ridden by Gerard Galligan, ran
with pace setter Grinding Speed
for much of the race. Darren
Nagle kept Ebanour in striking
distance to make his big move as
they headed into the final fences.
“It went very slow. I was
trying to keep him in behind and
keep him settled. I kind of wish
there was a bit more pace in the
race to get him into a rhythm,”
Nagle said. “He was very good,
he’s there when you need him.
He was very clever at the last,
he’s a very good jumper.”
Ebanour, trained by Cyril
Murphy, won the Virginia Gold
Cup this spring with jockey Gus
Dahl, but Dahl was injured in
a fall from the horse during the
Genesee Hunt Cup on Oct. 8.
That put Darren Nagle in the
irons for his first race on the
horse. “Thanks to Cyril for giv-
ing me the opportunity, and I’m
very sorry a good friend of mine
lost out,” Nagle said. “I feel a bit
bad for him. He’s a good young
rider – he’ll be back next year.”
The PA Hunt Cup had not
been in the original plans for
Ebanour. “When he lost Gus, he
rapped his stifles pretty hard, he
was sore. He didn’t recover suf-
Irv Naylor Wins Two on Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Day
LANC., PA 17604
Ebanour (right), trained by Cyril Murphy, won the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup for owner Irv Naylor. It was Darren Nagle’s first
race with the horse, who won the Virginia Hunt Cup with regular rider Gus Dahl. Nagle was called on when Dahl was injured in a fall
from the horse at the Genesee meet in October.
Photo by Marcella Peyre-Ferry
ficiently to go to the Gold Cup (in
The Plains, VA in October). When
that happened, this became out
next port of call,” Murphy said.
“Through the spring he looked
like he was running at the top of
the division and he’s a very close
second after today.”
Ebanour seemed to prove
that Genesee was just a glitch
in the road. “He was very good.
He’s there when you need him.
He was picking up very well up
the straight,” Nagle commented
on his way to the trophy presen-
tation. “He’s a very good elegant
horse. Cyril had him 100% ready
for today. It makes it easy for
a jockey when you ride a nice
horse that’s well trained, jumps
well and does everything right.”
Maiden Timber
The same owner, trainer,
rider combination also produced
the winner of the $15,000 Lewis
C Ledyard Maiden Timber Race.
Henry San won in a time of
6:27:3/5 for the 3-mile course
over timber, running on top for
almost the entire race.
“I think he’s a nice horse
with a lot of ability. It’s where we
go with him and where he lets us
take him,” Murphy said of Henry
San. “He's not natural. When
things are good, he looks good.
When he gets in tight, he’s a very
big horse. Having to make that
adjustment is not easy for him.”
The remaining timber race
on the card, the $20,000 Ar-
thur O. Choate, Jr. Memorial
Allowance Timber Race, was
won by Canyon Road, owned by
Gordansdale Farm, trained by
Christopher Kolb and ridden by
Jeff Murphy.
“At the second last I nearly
fell actually. Somehow I found
my leg and came through to win
the race. He’s a stakes horse now
for sure,” Murphy said. “Except
for nearly missing the second
last, everything was good. I was
never in trouble. He’s jumping
Holiday Gift Guide … pgs.
12-21, 29
18 horses rescued after surviving
horrific wreck that killed 12 … pg. 10
Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty bill fails
to pass … pg. 23
Chester County foxhunting history on
display … pg. 22
…and much more!
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