June 2017 Issue - page 1

Vol. 24 No. 6
Our 24th Year
June 2017
LANC., PA 17604
Doc Cebu Wins Willowdale Steeplechase, Will Vie for $100,000 Bonus
(Continued on page 25)
By Marcella Peyre-Ferry
The Willowdale Steeple-
chase races in Kennett Square,
PA, celebrated 25 years on Moth-
er’s Day, Sunday, May 14. In
recognition of hitting a milestone
anniversary, a special feature was
added for horsemen: a one-time
chance at a special $100,000
bonus to any horse winning both
the featured Willowdale Steeple-
chase race and the Pennsylvania
Hunt Cup in November.
Taking the winner’s share of
the Willowdale Steeplechase’s
$35,000 purse, and earning a
chance to try for the bonus in
the fall, was Doc Cebu, owned
by Charles Fenwick, Jr., trained
by Jack Fisher, and ridden in the
3.5 mile amateur steeplechase by
Hadden Frost.
The race had nine starters,
but Doc Cebu followed Grand
Manan under Gonzague Cot-
treau away from the field from
the start. These two separated
themselves from the rest of the
runners by as much as 20 lengths
at points. Although Grand Manan
was in front for most of the race,
Doc Cebu had enough left after
the final jump to close in and
pass Grand Manan, ultimately
winning by nine lengths in a time
of 7:36 4/5.
“We knew it was going
to be a strong gallop, so I was
sharp at the start. I didn’t want
to miss any ground. We got
over the first two, and I had
a listen behind us, it sounded
like we were a long way clear
and we were. So then I started
riding my own race as much as
I could,” Frost said. “Doc’s a
strong horse. Luckily he wasn’t
too strong, so I was able to get
a breather into him here and
there. He was sensible and
didn’t exhaust himself, so we
had enough to get home. It’s not
ideal tactics, but sometimes you
have to go to plan B.”
There were heavy rains the
day before the races, but footing
was good. Still, none of the six
sanctioned jump races on the
card had all starters complete
the course. Several non-finishers
were pulled up as non-competi-
tive, but there were also a rash of
falls and loose horses.
In the $15,000 Marshall W.
Jenney Memorial Foxhunter Chase,
only four horses finished out of the
seven starters. At the wire it was
Amelia McGuirk who rode Prime
Prospector to a win for owner Peter
Jay and trainer Todd Wyatt.
“He’s a lovely jumping
horse. When they went, they
weren’t going quite as quick as
he wanted to go. He dropped
his head and I let him gallop
around, I guess they made a lot of
mistakes behind me,” McGuirk
said, explaining that the race did
not go as they had planned. “He’s
not super quick. He’ll usually run
on down to the first, he usually
jumps up into the air and they
run by him and I fit in behind.
That’s what I tried to do, but
when he started traveling better
and jumping better he went to the
front. When he went to the front
he grabbed ahold and loved it.
When they tried to come to him,
he wanted to keep on going.”
Landhope Cup
McGuirk had another win for
Wyatt in the first division of the
$15,000 Landhope Cup Maiden
Timber on Witor, owned by Blair
The second division of the
Landhope Cup was won by Aqui-
es, owned by Irvin S. Naylor,
trained by Katherine Neilson
and ridden by Gerard Galligan.
Aquies ran in the middle of the
pack until the later stages of the
race when he turned on the speed
to win by over nine lengths in a
time of 6:27 1/5 on the three-mile
timber course.
Neilson is definitely a fan of
the horse. “We won a race on the
flat with him at Philadelphia Park,
he got claimed, I went and bought
him back,” she said. “I had to pay a
little more, he was worth it though.”
Other NSA Sanctioned
race winners were Codrington
College, owned by Hudson River
The Miss Nancy Nicholas Memorial Side Saddle race was a new feature at Willowdale this year. McCradys, (far right) ridden by Julie
Nafe, won with a driving finish down the stretch.
Photo credit: Marcella Peyre-Ferry
Local Dressage rider heads to Israel for
Maccabiah Games … pg. 4
Reading, PA man blows coach horn for
the Queen of England … pg. 5
Funding sought for PA breakout of AHC
Economic Impact study … pg. 16
… and much more!
Pastures & Fencing
Feature … pgs. 6-14
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