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Sunshine Numbers romps in Carolina Cup INSIDE: Country Cousin wins at Aiken • Tizsilk stays perfect at Stoneybrook


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Before & After Class Century showed both sides of the Thoroughbred at the Carolina Cup – acting up on the way out of the paddock (right) and rolling home in the $25,000 maiden hurdle for jockey Xavier Aizpuru, trainer Todd McKenna and owner Nina Gardner.

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“That horse ran at a point-to-point, went foxhunting, broke the trainer’s leg, came down here and won – what am I doing wrong?” Trainer Tom Voss, about Class Century (who defeated Voss’ Artic Cry in the Camden maiden)

Timber horse Music To My Ears walked into the Springdale Race Course paddock looking like Trigger, Silver or some other cowboy’s horse. The timber veteran ran and jumped like anything but, however, winning the $20,000 allowance by a nose over Wazee Moto. Richard Valentine went deep into the trainer’s closet and pulled out a hackamore bridle as a way to help Music To My Ears’ mouth. “He’s always been very sensitive about his mouth, but I hadn’t really thought of this until we were in Aiken this winter,” said Valentine. “He was miserable down here, training like a Tod Marks pig and just not fun to be around.” Event rider Dornin North, who was galloping for Valentine at Aiken, suggested the hackamore and happened to have one. Music To My Ears has not had a bit in his mouth since January, and is all the better for it. “I noticed a change right away,” said Valentine. “He works better, he’s happier, he’s a different horse. I still wasn’t sure we should run him in it though and was very nervous about it.” The move caught the attention of the stewards, who asked to be notified next time, but the hackamore isn’t all that unique in jump racing. Trainer Rusty Carrier utilized one on timber stakes winner Jamaica Bay and won the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in 1994. The bridle works without a bit in the horse’s mouth, instead using pressure points on the horse’s face and chin for control. “I don’t like to touch him in the mouth anyway so it’s not that different for me,” said Walsh. “He would jump very hollow and his head would come up as soon as you touched him before. With this, he’s not panicking and worrying about it so much. I schooled him with it (a week before Camden) and he’d jumped the best I’d ever schooled him.” – Joe Clancy

“He’s the most intimidating horse I’ve ever sat on.” Trainer Todd McKenna, about Class Century “I knew last year I was somewhere close but the uncertainty was fine. I don’t want to know, I just want you to come up to me one day and say ‘Well done, you’ve just gotten to a hundred.’ ” Jockey Xavier Aizpuru, who reached 99 American victories with a win aboard Class Century at Camden “I like to rock and roll, but I’m older and I prefer a little slower beat.” Jockey Jody Petty, about blazing away on the front end aboard Sunshine Numbers in the Carolina Cup “The most, the best. They’ve been my biggest supporters, they’re great friends, a constant in the development of my business here. It feels very right to win it for them of all people.” Trainer Arch Kingsley, about winning the Carolina Cup for clients Sue and George Sensor Kingsley: “Any one of us could have ridden him the way he ran out there today.” ST: “Even cameraman Richard Bortz (who’s 6-foot-4 easy)?” Kingsley: “It wouldn’t have been pretty, but he would have gotten it done.”

Take A Number 1234: Hip Number of Pensy at the Keeneland January sale. 2: Winners bred by Mede Cahaba Stable and Stud in the season’s first two weeks. Class Mark and Class Century got the job done for Mignon C. Smith’s breeding program.

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Paddy Young, an Irish steeplechase jockey, has never been to McCarthy’s Irish Pub in Lexington, Ky. And Roger O’Byrne, the owner of McCarthy’s, has never seen his horse Tizsilk run. The way things are going, both of those things should change soon. Young would be a hero at McCarthy’s and O’Byrne would love Tizsilk. The 6-year-old improved to 2-for-2 in his fledgling steeplechase career by running away with the $20,000 allowance hurdle feature at Stoneybrook in Raeford, N.C. April 9. Tizsilk assumed command early and made it stand up while winning by 4 3/4 lengths over Chestermite (Xavier Aizpuru) and Twister Crossing (James Slater). “It’s turned out great, he’s my first horse in America and we’ve had a bit of luck,” said O’Byrne, who came on board at the suggestion of his friend (and Voss’ son-in-law Garrett Murray). “I haven’t seen him yet and I might have to keep it that way. He might get beat if I go see him.” O’Byrne, brother to Irish bloodstock agent Demi, was only half joking as any

Saturday, April 9 superstitious racehorse owner would understand. Tizsilk won six races on the flat with trainer Cody Autrey and caught Murray’s eye as a jump prospect last summer at Delaware Park. The Kentucky-bred responded with a debut maiden win at Montpelier last fall and further confirmed the opinion by repeating the effort against more seasoned foes at Stoneybrook. Tizsilk responded to an odd challenge late. “Going to the second-last, Air Maggy jumped into the back of him and it was as if someone stood behind him and chased him,” said Young. “He took off with me going to the last and won very nicely. After Montpelier, I didn’t know what improvement there would be, but he’s made a huge improvement over the winter. He still doesn’t know how good he is.” • The feature win capped a triple for Young, the two-time defending jockey champion (whose four wins put him at

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Tizsilk (3) battles Chestermite in the allowance hurdle feature at Stoneybrook. least two ahead of the pack). He started Now 6, he made his jump debut at the hat trick with a maiden hurdle score the Virginia Gold Cup last year and finaboard Hickory Tree Stable’s Slaney ished sixth after pressing the pace. He Rock. The Irish import made his early left that race with some minor soundlead stand up, and outran Class Indian ness issues and went to the sidelines to (Richard Boucher) by 3 3/4 lengths with await a 2011 campaign. Leslie Young Witham (Danielle Hodsdon) third. and owner Jim Treptow’s daughter Slaney Rock came to the Youngs Cheris were classmates at Oldfields via a meandering road that included School, and the connection helped fosan Irish flat win with trainer Jim Bol- ter the patient approach. ger in 2007, two American starts (one “We were worried we’d break him win) with Graham Motion in 2008 and down if we kept going with him, so we six tries in 2009 (including a flat win sent him home,” said Paddy Young. at Great meadow) with trainer Simon See stoneybrook page 8 Hobson.

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Stoneybrook – Continued from page 6

“He came back this year and everything has been going really well for him. He’s the reason I didn’t go to Aiken. I wanted to go to Piedmont (Point-to-Point, March 26) and give him a nice race to get ready.”

Slaney Rock finished third on the flat at Piedmont and showed up prepared at Stoneybrook, racing up close early and skipping clear late. Slaney Rock makes his connections smile with an attitude that dwarfs his stature. “He’s a little tiny horse, but he’s a punk,” said Young. “He makes you like him though. He’s got little man’s syndrome, tough. He’s a star.” • Trillium Stable’s Mischief broke through for Voss and Young in the maiden claimer to end an eight-race losing streak over jumps. The 7-yearold rated early and seized control in the stretch to defeat Bag Of Hammers (Slater) by 11 3/4 lengths with Hot Rize (Gus Dahl) third. “I couldn’t have had a more perfect trip on a horse,” Young said. “He settled behind the leaders and stayed there until a little gap opened at the third-last. He winged it and cruised away. It was a great confidence booster for the horse.” Mischief finished second three times over hurdles, once in 2009 and twice in 2010, while tangling with the likes of Tricky Me, Nationbuilder, One Giant Step, Complete Zen, and Country Cousin among others.

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Veteran Eamonn pulls away in the conditioned claimer.

• Owner/trainer Teddy Mulligan may have discovered the secret to a nervous horse. Spoil him rotten. Eamonn used to barely eat. He used to need regular ulcer medication. Now he just soaks up attention. “I gave him the stall next to the feed room in our new barn and I tell anybody who works for me to give him a pat on the nose and a carrot every time they walk by,” Mulligan said. “We’ve

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Slaney Rock shows the way in Stoneybrook’s maiden hurdle. been spoiling him and he’s much better “Liam described him as an improvfor it. He’s happy. The horse has never ing 9-year-old, which makes us laugh eaten up after a race but this year he ran but he is,” said Mulligan. “He’s a cool at Blue Ridge and Warrenton (point-to- dude and he’s on top of his game right points) and ate up both days.” now.” At Stoneybrook, Eamonn blitzed five Mulligan turned Stoneybrook into a rivals in the $10,000 conditioned claim- long weekend with company from Jake er. Liam McVicar rode the winner, who Dunning, Jordan Shull (who pocketed thumped Class Classic (Boucher) by 4 $100 from Eamonn’s best turned out 3/4 lengths with Aiken winner Golden award) and pair of intrepid motorcycle Slammer (Bernie Dalton) third. riding friends. Mulligan found Eamonn at Colonial “They live in Berryville and have Downs in 2009 and was rewarded with Ducati bikes,” said Mulligan. “I told a debut win that September. them Old Dominion (point-to-point) Third twice in 2010, the son of Awad was right around the corner but they could be sitting on a big year in the rode seven hours to Stoneybrook. We claiming ranks. all had a great time.”

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CAMDEN, S.C. – The beast of a horse could train for hours, exhaust the arms of the strongest exercise riders, try the patience of any trainer, all while toiling in mid-level claimers. His nickname? Godzilla. Three years later Sunshine Numbers destroyed one of the country’s most historic steeplechase stakes, running off with the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course April 2. Owned by area residents Sue and George Sensor and trained locally by Arch Kingsley, the winner rolled to an immediate lead, added to it, and blazed home by 27 1/4 lengths. Veteran Swagger Stick finished second with 2010 race winner Spy In The Sky third. The race ended early, though jockey Jody Petty did not plan on such a bold statement. “The plan was never officially drop his head and go, we were going to see what happened,” he said. “Going to the first fence, I was only a length in front and I felt like he was going to be nice and settled. Before I knew it, he was getting stronger and stronger and we pinged the next fence and I looked back

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He all but sprinted over the final three fences and won in hand. “I was feeling really good about the way things were going but until you jump that last you’re still a long way from home,” said Kingsley. “I was just looking at every fence the way everybody else was. How are we going? How are we going to jump this one? I kept checking back on the field. I knew if we could hold it together with any kind of reasonable sustenance from the middle of the backside we were going to be good. We had an insurmountable lead. We just had to keep it together.” Sunshine Numbers tests Kingsley daily and the trainer manages the best he can, utilizing Springdale’s many options to mix a blend of fitness and power with control and sanity. “He can still, on any given day, take off with you and there’s nothing you can do,” Kingsley said. “It’s not a matter of strength, it’s just a matter of steering and keeping him out of holes and keep him from running into trees. He lets me know what he wants, I try to steer him in the direction of what I want and in the end we both get what we want.” Right now, that’s success. Sunshine Numbers has won three in a row and five of his last seven. The son of Polish Numbers and multiple steeplechase winner Saturday Sunshine started his jump career with a maiden claiming win at Stoneybrook in 2008 and has bounced up to stakes tries and down to claiming runs since. He’s won the last two Hobkirk Hill starter allowance races over the brush course at Camden’s fall meet. Before steeplechasing, he won his career debut against fellow New Yorkbreds at Finger Lakes in 2004 and labored through 19 more flat starts in New York, West Virginia and Maryland. Trainer Ferris Allen claimed Sunshine Numbers in 2006 and won two claimers with him the next year before calling Kingsley about the project, er, prospect. “Half the riders would refuse to ride him, but he would be very hard to handle on the racetrack; I wouldn’t know

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Todd McKenna. The Virginia-bred dropped back to last in the nine-horse field early, then charged through the final quarter-mile to win by a length over Fog Island and Tifone. The race was full of drama. Three fences from home, Nickypalmer fell and took Sol A Pino with him. At the last, Worried Man dove through the inside wing while challenging for the lead. Class Century saved his thrills for pre-race, stopping halfway up the chute to the race course, tossing Aizpuru, delaying the race and causing general havoc for horsemen, race organizers and schedules. “He threw me off, then he stood there. He wasn’t frozen. He was just standing there,” said Aizpuru. “The guys were all trying to get him moving and then throw me up on him but I said ‘no, throw me up now and let’s see if we can be nice to him, kid him along and maybe he’ll go on.’ Well, that didn’t work. I just came off the once, but there were three close calls. We managed to get him out on the track and once the field came out, he went, the pony guys stayed with me and were great. If he wanted to jog, we jogged, if he wanted to walk, we walked. Once we joined the field to walk in (to the start) he was never not going to go.” McKenna was relieved but had a longer story than Aizpuru. After watching Class Century finish second for Lilith Boucher at Camden last spring, McKenna bought the horse for Gard-

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ner. Class Century finished second at Great Meadow and Radnor, refused to start at Fair Hill and was second again at Philadelphia Park in June. The 2011 campaign started March 19 at Warrenton Point-to-Point but the goal was Camden. Early in the week, the horse seemed too sharp and McKenna and his brother Trevor opted for a day of foxhunting four days before the race. “I wanted to see if that might calm his nerves, and he acted like he did to-

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• The horse’s name is Music To My Ears but jockey Robbie Walsh was hearing hoofbeats as the finish line approached for the $20,000 allowance timber. Just before the last fence, Anna Stable’s Music To My Ears wrested control from Gorgeous Charger and Gather No Moss and looked home free until Wazee Moto unleashed his kick to the wire. They flashed across as one, leaving most people guessing. Young, aboard Wazee Moto, shrugged his shoulders to say he didn’t know. Walsh shook his head no and dismounted. Others simply speculated about the angle, momentum, how much fun English bookmakers would have taking wagers on the photo. The very unofficial television production put Wazee Moto on the big screen as the winner and he entered the winner’s circle for photos (and somewhere the steeplechase gods rattled their chains). The official results board listed no numbers, then flashed 4-3-7 with the win going to Music To My Ears by a nose. “I could see Paddy, I could hear Paddy, I knew he was coming,” said Walsh. “My lad was waiting a bit. I didn’t want to be in front so soon in the first place but he was jumping well so I ended up there. I was lucky to win, but he did it well, he did everything right and deserved one.” Trained by Richard Valentine, the Irish-bred won for the first time since 2008 after a host of solid efforts in everything from stakes to amateur races with owner George Hundt aboard. • Merriefield Farm newcomer Pensy (Danielle Hodsdon) took the finale, a $15,000 filly/mare maiden hurdle, for trainer Jazz Napravnik. Bred by George Strawbridge in Canada, the 5-yearold advanced to a striking position coming to the last fence, then kicked on to catch Opera Heroine and Well Fashioned in the stretch. The daughter of Johar scored by 2 lengths, and rewarded Napravnik’s judg-

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ment. In an effort to expand and upgrade her stable, she combed through the Keeneland January sale catalogue in search of prospects. She started with 40 and whittled her list. “Just for kicks I e-mailed (owner) Charlie Noell about a few horses, not really expecting much,” said Napravnik. “Halfway through the sale, he e-mailed me and said he liked two and asked me which one I liked. It was between her and this other filly someone else had pointed out. I liked Pensy better.” They spent $20,000 on the two-time flat winner with $136,000 in career earnings. Napravnik spent much of the winter teaching Pensy to jump in the indoor arena and sent her to Camden with assistant Krissy Miller. “We do a lot of gymnastics in the indoor, I get them

about as big as a roll (the front part of a hurdle) in there, otherwise I run out of room,” said Napravnik. “She never saw as much as a cross rail until the last week in January, but the first thing I noticed was even if she got in close, she could snap up and get over it quickly.” Hodsdon saw the same thing, and was impressed with the mare’s acceleration late. “She’s so quick going short, that when we were schooling I stopped asking her to go long,” the jockey said. “I just let her go short. She’s quick enough. At the second last I thought she might be getting a little tired but we came around that turn to the last and she was just all business. We landed from the last and I never even touched her. She saw the targets and ran right on.”

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Southern Relation Winter work pays off for Country Cousin BY sean clancy Julie Gomena discovered Aiken when she was an event rider and knows the plan: escape the Virginia winter, utilize the southern circuit and the South Carolina weather to get a head start on the season. She does it the same way for steeplechasing. For the second year in a row, Gomena stabled at Mike and Iris Freeman’s Chime Bell Farm, skirted the harsh Virginia winter and started strong. This year, she won the Budweiser Imperial Cup at the Aiken Steeplechase March 26 with Oakwood Stable’s Country Cousin. The 8-year-old son of Lear Fan relaxed in the back of the five-horse field before creeping into the race with a circuit to go. Country Cousin engaged Noel Laing winner Decoy Daddy and the duo ran past Mixed Up, Torino Luge and Red Letter Day, creating a two-horse race. Country Cousin (Carl Rafter) flew the last and drew off from the Irish-bred to win by 1

3/4 lengths. Former champion Mixed Up finished 35 lengths back in third. Run over turf that had changed from firm to yielding because of afternoon rain, the Imperial Cup signaled Country Cousin’s emergence as a true open stakes contender in a wide open division. Winner of the National Hunt Cup Novice at Radnor last spring, Country Cousin made his open stakes debut at Aiken. “I can’t figure him out, he likes the soft going, the firm going, he likes terrain, I haven’t run him on a flat track like Aiken since he ran at Colonial Downs, I keep trying to find the best niche for him and he keeps fooling me,” Gomena said. “I was planning on going to Tryon but he’s no longer eligible. The options are getting narrow, which is nice, the Temple Gwathmey

might be a little too far, the Marcellus Frost would be perfect.” Bred by Virginian Bill Backer, Country Cousin won twice on the flat before Gomena purchased him from Speedy Smithwick and David Ross in the winter of 2007-08. Over jumps, Country Cousin needed seven tries to break his maiden. He obviously learned something, he’s won four of his last six, including two stakes. Rafter has ridden him in three of those wins. “I thought about bouncing out, but everybody wanted to be handy so I decided to sit third or fourth but wound up fifth after getting shuffled back a little,” Rafter said. “Mixed Up was struggling to keep up so I

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popped and crept past him, I was luckily enough to be on a handy little horse, he did exactly what he did at Radnor, sneak up the inside, he’s a smashing little horse to do maneuvers like that. He’s got a couple of big jumps but you can’t throw him at everything, we met the last pretty long, when I saw his front feet come up I knew he had won.” Last year, Gomena used her foray to Aiken to kick off a stellar spring season when five of her first six starters won races, including two by Country Cousin. Gomena and trainer Richard Valentine took a couple of their hurdles to Aiken this year so they could do some basic schooling and traveled to Camden for the real thing. “I came here as an event rider, 10 years ago, I was one of the first event riders down here and really enjoyed it. With all the snow last year, I told my owners I’ve got to go south or the horses aren’t running,” Gomena said. “I knew Richard had enjoyed Aiken so we decided to come on down, we really enjoyed it last year and had a nice spring so here we are again. I know and appreciate the (Middleburg) training center but I’ve gone around the track many a time. I like terrain and that’s what I’m used to, when the ground thaws, I’m happy with Virginia but Aiken makes it very easy.” •  Before Aiken’s allowance race, jockey Danielle Hodsdon talked conserSee Aiken page 21

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vatively about Jonathan Sheppard’s One Giant Step. She sounded more like a mother sending her first child off to school. With just two races in his entire career, the 5-year-old lacked seasoning, probably wouldn’t like the tight oval at Aiken, would improve from the experience . . . One Giant Step skipped a grade. The homebred galloped to the first in front, then

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settled behind Junood, hooked up with 3-year-old champion Demonstrative with a circuit to go, flew his fences down the backside and accelerated for the win. Robbie Walsh aboard Demonstrative claimed foul on the winner for interference at the last but it was disallowed. Junood wound up third. “Jonathan said no pressure, we’re just looking to get some seasoning and he stepped up, he jumped much more confidently than he did in the fall, I was thrilled with him. I think he could be the real deal,” Hodsdon said. “We picked it up the whole way and it worked out because I got to ask him for a couple of bigger spots and to kick on around the final turn. I had

to tap him on the shoulder because he was waiting on Demonstrative to come back up, like, ‘Is he coming up? Is he coming up?’ He did it pretty nicely.” A half-brother to the talented but fragile Three Carat, One Giant Step made his debut at Virginia Fall in October, finishing third. On the season’s biggest day at Far Hills, he had a mountain to climb leaving the backside in the maiden and kicked past the field to win comfortably over next-out winner Good Request. Sheppard has always liked the horse, back when he was just another baby at assistant Amy Lippincott’s barn on Sheppard’s Pennsylvania farm. “One day Jonathan came over to Jim (Bergen’s) barn and said, ‘I want you to look at these young horses that I’ve brought from Amy’s, most importantly I want you to look at Three Carat’s little brother, his name is One Giant Step and I think he’s really special,” Hodsdon said. “He drug me out of the barn to look at this one horse who was going along with this group of babies, he looked like a plain bay horse. He said, ‘I really like this one, look at this one.’ ” Sheppard never pressed One Giant Step to be a flat horse and concentrated on building a perfect jumper. Hodsdon has watched the son of Mojave Moon develop in the morning and afternoon. “He came along like most of the other ones, he popped logs, a little of this, a little of that,” Hodsdon said. “He went to Presque Isle for a little education but Jonathan was real careful with him. He looks like a plain bay, but for some reason, he always thought this one was more special than that. He shocked me at Far Hills, he was chipping in the whole way and I said, ‘Come on let’s run up this hill,’ and suddenly he said OK. The horse has no clue of what he’s got.” • Ricky Hendriks watched his mentor, Hall of Fame trainer Burley Cocks, prep horses for Aiken every year from his Camden base. Cocks was money in the bank at Aiken. Hendriks isn’t too far off either. Based in Pennsylvania all winter, the trainer pointed three horses to Aiken. Despite a harrowing winSee aiken page 22

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ter, he managed to prepare Class Mark, Dispute This and Dance Faster for the season opener. The threesome jogged the roads, shipped to Fair Hill Training Center for breezes and headed south on a mission. “We were pointing for down there, trying to go there before (Jack) Fisher and (Tom) Voss got cranked up,” Hendriks said. “It was brutal this winter. Brutal. They had hunter shoes on until the Tuesday before they shipped.” Two out of three got the money at Aiken. Owned by Debra Kachel, Class Mark hit the board in maiden claimers at Colonial and Montpelier last fall and stepped up to open maiden company at Aiken. The 5-year-old son of Not For Love tracked Lake Placid before drawing off to an 8-length score over Primero Peru. Lake Placid faded to third. Brian Crowley deputized for 2010 champion Paddy Young who opted to go to Piedmont Point-to-Point instead of Aiken. “Thanks to Paddy and Naum Santiago, we kept plugging away this winter. I kept texting Paddy, ‘Are you sure you can’t go?’ ” Hendriks said. “We had Dance Faster for the maiden claimer so we entered him and it was a small field so we said what the hell, let’s send him down there too.” Christ Is King Stable’s Dispute This provided the second half of the road trip double for Hendriks. The homebred son of Domestic Dispute rated in

the back of the four-horse field in the conditioned claimer, rallied to the fore on the final turn and staved off Class Tie by a nose. Silence wound up third. Teresa and David Beste bred Dispute This in Delaware and after three unsuccessful starts on the flat, their trainer Mark Shuman asked Hendriks if he thought the horse might make a jumper. Hendriks asked for two weeks to find out. Two weeks has turned into two wins. Dispute This learned to jump in Hendriks’ corral last summer and won his debut at Virginia Fall in October. He was beaten a neck in his next start at Morven Park and then unseated Young at Montpelier to finish the year. He’s now 2-for-4 over jumps. The Bestes own a farm in Warwick, Md. and a farm just across the state line in Middletown, Del. They own about 30 horses: flat horses, broodmares, Warmblood pleasure horses and their one jumper. “We started because he was our homebred horse that we raised and we didn’t want to retire him, my husband had a real strong bond with him,” Teresa Beste said. “Because of his conformation, I had several people say he would make a good jumper. He seems happy, put on weight so he can do this for a while. He’s a really cool horse and he seems to have aptitude for it, so we’re happy for him. He just needed to find his niche and he seems to like the jumping.” •  Owner/trainer Dave Washer continued his proficiency in the sport with a win in the maiden claimer by Golden Slammer. The 6-year-old son of Grand

Dispute This (left) catches Silence late in the conditioned claimer. Slam crushed seven rivals in his jump debut. Golden Slammer (Bernie Dalton) rated in the back early, surged to the front after the second-last and won by 15 lengths over Reveillon and Sergeant Karakorum. Claimed for $16,000 from trainer Michael Pino and owner David Ross (of Country Cousin fame) last April, the winner won for a $5,000 tag at Turfway in December. He won six races on the flat, including three times on the turf. “I had very little to do with the horse, I schooled him once, young David Dunne who’s been riding for Janet had done most of the schooling on him,”

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Injured jockey Torres improves Injured steeplechase jockey Jorge Torres remains at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. with injuries sustained at the Colonial Cup meet last fall but could be in line for significant recovery with therapy, according to friend Rae Fernandez. “He’s gained weight and looks so much better,” said Fernandez, who saw Torres in mid-April. “He’s coherent, he looks at you, he follows you around the room with his eyes. It’s encouraging.” Torres suffered a head injury in the fall with the Fernandez-trained Class Moon in the 3-year-old hurdle stakes and has battled an extended case of pneumonia. Fernandez said hospital staff told him Torres has a “very good chance” of significant recovery, though the therapy process could last six months or more. In addition to the head injury, Torres (who is breathing on his own) sustained a broken hip and broken bones in his back. Fernandez and steeplechase horsemen in Camden held a Run for Jorge 5K at Springdale Race Course Sunday, April 10 and raised more than $1,400 to help offset medical expenses. The race attracted 35 runners, a strong field of 15 dogs and featured strong per-

formances by the equine crowd. Brian Hana won the race in 19:57 with jockey David Dunne checked in second overall at 20:53. Former Carolina Cup marketing director Wendy Kingsley placed second in the women’s race. Sponsors of the race included SafTFence, Kennedy Insurance, Kirkwood Stable, Palmetto Equine, The Tack Room, Camden Equine, Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center and Springdale Race Course. In addition to the 5K, horsemen have been raising funds through jockey photo/ autograph sessions at the Carolina Cup and Stoneybrook meets. At Camden, the sessions raised more than $1,000 for the Jorge Torres Assistance Fund with the bulk of the work done by trainer Lilith Boucher and her daughters Mary and Mel. The Stoneybrook session raised $500 for the general injured jockeys fund. Boucher thanked race directors Jeff Teter and Toby Edwards for helping make the sessions possible and hopes to continue the efforts at future meets. “It’s been a big hit with the public, it’s amazing how thrilled they are to meet a jockey and to get to talk to See news page 26

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Trainer Jack Fisher gave injured jockey Jack Chalfin a choice – pick a horse and earn 10 percent of the horse’s earnings in 2011. Fisher provided Chalfin with a list of horses he owns or co-owns and told him to pick. Chalfin, who suffered a severe spinal chord injury in a point-to-point fall in September, chose Peace Fire. The 4-yearold maiden hit the board in several starts Tod Marks last year and looked like the prime con- Peace Fire now races, in part at least, for tender among a group that included Cam- Jake Chalfin. den runner-up Opera Heroine and new maidens Brave Prospect, Grand Pride and Cannon’s Call. “I just thought it was a fun way to give Jake a rooting interest and hopefully provide Jake with some money,” Fisher said. “I hope other owners and trainers will do the same thing. I know Paul Wooden with Across The Sky is going to do the same thing for Paul Rowland.” Rowland, a former trainer, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010. As for Chalfin, he’s excited to have a rooting interest in 2011. “Jack’s idea was a surprise and very much appreciated,” said Chalfin who elicited advice on which horse to choose from friends, bloodstock agents and Kingfisher insiders. “It’s a total wild card and a fun concept and will keep me in the game. I’ll be watching the races, that’s for sure.” After six months of hospital care and outpatient therapy, Chalfin returned to his Pennsylvania home in March and has returned to work at Laurel Valley Soils. Chasin For Chalfin, a beneficiary trust established for Chalfin, will host its second benefit April 23, after the Grand National races. “I’m getting stronger. I still have no use of my legs,” Chalfin said. “My injury is incomplete so there’s still a chance. With my upper body, I get out of it what I put into it. With some other things, it doesn’t work that way. But I’ve recovered more than I should have.” See chasinforchalfin.com for more information.

Mr. Hot Stuff tops Arundel disperal sale at $70,000 The Estate of Arthur Arundel dispersed three horses Monday, April 4 at trainer Jack Fisher’s farm in Butler, Md. Mr. Hot Stuff, a full-brother to Travers winner Colonel John, drew the highest bid of $70,000. Fisher secured the 5-year-old for owner Gill Johnston. Third in the Grade III Sham Stakes and a runner in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, the son of Tiznow should make his hurdle debut this spring. Last year’s champion owner, Irv Naylor, bought two horses from the sale. Naylor purchased 4-year-old maiden Union Army for $37,500, outgunning Fisher. The son of Dixie Union made four starts over hurdles last fall, finishing third at Far Hills and fourth at Camden. On his way to winning against older maidens at the International Gold Cup, he ducked inside a beacon and went off course. Trainer Tom Foley did the bidding on behalf of Naylor. Naylor also bought two-time winner of the International Gold Cup Seeyouattheevent for $30,000. Fisher was the underbidder on the 10-year-old veteran who will most likely miss the spring season. “The three horses all sold well, it’s an end of an era and that’s always tough,” Fisher said. “I liked all three horses and am glad to keep Mr. Hot Stuff, he should go to Atlanta.” Foxhunter prospects Monte Bianco and Fifty Five failed to sell. A longtime steeplechase supporter, Arundel died in February. He presided over the Virginia and International Gold Cup steeplechase races held each spring and fall at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains. Arundel purchased the property in 1982 and transformed it into the new home for the spring Virginia Gold Cup and adding the fall International Gold Cup meet. Arundel campaigned a strong steeplechase stable over the years. Sugar Bee won the Virginia Gold Cup and Maryland Hunt Cup over timber and the NSA timber championship in 1985. – Sean Clancy NOTES: Retired amateur jockey Charlie Fenwick Jr. finished ninth in the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Aintree Legends charity race on the English Grand National card at Aintree April 9. The race brought back Grand National legends (Fenwick posted a historic American win aboard Ben Nevis in 1980) for a flat race to raise money for cancer research via former jockey Bob Champion’s foundation. The race featured former jockeys Marcus Armytage, Hywel Davies, Tony Dobbin, Charlie Swan, Peter Scudamore, Graham Thorner, Carl Llewellyn and others.

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OBITUARY

Racing journalist Ann Barker

NSA Standings TOP 10 THROUGH APRIL 15 Jockeys (Races Won)

Sts Paddy Young . .......................... 8 Danielle Hodsdon.................... 10 Brian Crowley............................ 8 Robbie Walsh............................ 5 Carl Rafter................................. 7 Xavier Aizpuru........................... 5 Bernie Dalton............................ 7 Liam McVicar............................ 3 Jody Petty................................. 2 Richard Boucher....................... 6

1st 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0

2nd 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3

3rd 1 4 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0

Trainers (Races Won)

Sts Tom Voss.................................. 6 Ricky Hendriks.......................... 5 Leslie Young............................. 4 Richard Valentine...................... 3 Jonathan Sheppard................. 12 Dave Washer............................. 3 Todd McKenna.......................... 2 Teddy Mulligan.......................... 2 Jazz Napravnik.......................... 1 Julie Gomena............................ 4

1st 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2nd 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

3rd 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0

Owners (Money Won)

Sts Sue Sensor............................... 1 Oakwood Stable........................ 1 Irv Naylor.................................. 7 Coppertree Farm....................... 1 Jonathan Sheppard................... 3 Nina Gardner............................. 1 Roger O’Byrne........................... 1 Anna Stable............................... 1 Dave Washer............................. 3 Debra Kachel............................. 4

1st 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2nd 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3rd 9 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0

Horses (Money Won)

Sts Sunshine Numbers................... 1 Country Cousin......................... 1 Good Request........................... 1 One Giant Step.......................... 1 Class Century............................ 1 Tizsilk........................................ 1 Music To My Ears (Ire).............. 1 Pensy........................................ 1 Slaney Rock (Ire)...................... 1 Class Mark................................ 2

1st 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2nd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Earnings $55,350 37,450 16,500 19,500 30,350 18,600 14,800 6,400 30,600 6,750

Win% .50 .20 .25 .20 .14 .20 .14 .33 .50 .00

Earnings $39,250 15,500 16,200 16,500 27,700 9,500 15,000 6,400 9,000 27,300

Win% .50 .40 .25 .33 . 08 .33 .50 .50 1.00 .25

Earnings $33,000 27,000 21,200 18,000 16,500 15,000 12,000 12,000 9,500 9,500

Win% 1.00 1.00 .00 1.00 .33 1.00 1.00 1.00 .33 .25

Earnings $30,000 27,000 18,000 15,000 15,000 12,000 12,000 9,000 9,000 9,000

Win% 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 .50

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Retired racing journalist Elizabeth Ann Emerson Barker died peacefully at home Sunday, April 3, in Camden, S.C. Barker was born May 5, 1931 and was the youngest child of Dr. Jesse Rutledge Emerson II and Mary Ann Price of Gainesville, Fla. She attended PK Yonge developmental school in Gainesville where she was a member of the cheerleading team. An avid horsewoman from an early age, she began her riding career showing her American Saddlebred in local horse shows in North Florida. Barker was a model for Life magazine in the early 1950s. She traveled the world, and nurtured her four children, Jesse, Susan, Gerry and Ann with love and determination, always sharing her strong love of nature, plants and animals. Barker covered steeplechasing in the 1980s, contributing regularly to The Chronicle of the Horse magazine, as well as the Daily Racing Form. She helped produce the Oxmoor and Hard Scuffle races in Kentucky, as well as the Colonial Cup and several other races in the Carolinas and Virginia. She became the beat writer for the Racing Form for Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey as well as the winter meet at Calder, until she retired in the early 1990s. She also published a booklet entitled “A Guide to Steeplechasing in America” and was writing a novel before she died. Barker settled in Camden and never gave up the hope of a college degree. She promptly took advantage of the free South Carolina educational opportunity at the University of South Carolina, taking nearly a full degree course of studies while in her late 60s. She became a certified Master Gardener, and left every residence she owned prettier than she found it. An antique furniture

Ann Barker expert, Ann also maintained a sharp eye for bargains she could restore to original beauty. She is survived by three children: Jesse, a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps; Gerry, Commander, United States Navy, and Ann, as well as three nephews and two nieces. She had six grandchildren and many friends who will miss her sharp wit, and her beloved Maude, a Scottish Terrier. Her daughter, Susan, preceded her in death in 1973. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barker’s memory may be made to Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, Camden, S.C. On-line condolences may be sent to the Barker family by visiting www. kornegayfuneral.com.

Paper Horses How often we forget they are paper thin These seeming strong animals Who give us so much While asking so little We deck them in silk and fine leather Adding the weight of a slender boy to Guide them over rough turf and high barriers Onto victory or to death The iron horse of legend His fine strong legs giving way To stress and speed His generous heart burst in a willing effort The death of a champion is noted By a long line of poised pen Dipped in ink Ready to inscribe the tomb While newcomers lie inert On the blotter They give us so much These paper thin horses Who run so swiftly To our Souls. – Ann Barker (written after the 1985 Iroquois)

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Delicate balance to Saratoga support Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard began a 40-year business relationship with owner Bill Pape because Pape wanted a runner at Rolling Rock. The western Pennsylvania race meet was a destination. It made steeplechase owners; people played the sport because of Rolling Rock, which held racing on Wednesday and Saturday each autumn. In 1983, it ended. Saratoga is a steeplechase destination. Was a steeplechase destination? Steeplechasing faces its acid test this summer at the famed track in upstate New York. Last year, six races were carded at the summer track and only five filled. This year, nine are on the docket. The feet are in the fire. The plea has been sent out; owners and trainers, please support Saratoga jump racing. The distress signal has been called, now who’s going to answer it? Saratoga is vital to the sport. It showcases jump racing, puts it on national TV, recruits owners, shows off jump racing to fans. The sport used to travel to Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Laurel, Delaware Park, Calder, Tampa Bay Downs and so on . . . it needs that exposure to fans and horsemen who are already playing horse racing. While we put Saratoga at the forefront this year, the NSA and its horsemen must not lose sight that the race meets are just as important; we need them every bit as much as we need Saratoga. Without spring and fall race meets, there is no jump racing at Saratoga in the summer. The NSA needs to rally support for them as well as Saratoga. It’s not the conditions of the races that cause small fields; it’s the expense of the excursion, the demands put on the horse and the lack of “event” of the event. Saratoga has lost most of its luster for steeplechase owners and trainers; the jumpers are no longer the anchor tenants of the Annex, the Henleys and their cocktail party are long gone, the jockeys don’t steal the canoe anymore, steeplechasing has faded (for lots of reasons) in people’s minds. To bring back the fun, the sport needs to host parties, golf tournaments, seminars, free coffee at Sheppard’s barn, doughnuts to the winners . . . there is no right answer. The answer is everything. Do anything and everything to make it fun again. Specifically, owners and trainers don’t walk out the gate after the jump race. Stay at the races and support the rest of the card. As for horse inventory, start splitting those maiden races now NSA. Find the money and qualify maidens as fast as you can. Could the NSA organize maiden races at Fair Hill in the early summer? Would horsemen use them? And we know this will make 400 Fair Hill Drive cringe, but how about reducing entry fees at Saratoga? Owners get hammered by the cost – licensing, shipping, insurance, hotel, travel for jockeys and grooms and so on. On top of that, the NSA collected $40,120 from owners for five Saratoga jump races last year. Owners and trainers are being asked to support Saratoga at new levels this year. The NSA should do the same. Rolling Rock and Saratoga were once king and queen of steeplechasing. And we lost the king 28 years ago.

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Horses make great hosts at another epic Festival Ten trips to England in March. A full set of Cheltenham Festivals, 2002-2011. From Best Mate to Long The Inside Rail Run. My racing life changed forever when I traveled to the 2002 Cheltenham Festival, the greatest steeplechase meet in the world. I shared a room in the Hunter’s Lodge and watched Istabraq pull up and Best Mate rise up. No race meet would ever look or feel the same. There’s a place at Prestbury Park that epitomizes the meet for me. It’s not Cleeve Hill standing guard in the distance. It’s not Guinness Village, serving morning libations and reuniting old friends. It’s not the great lawn where you can see all the jumps, all the drama. It’s not the Turf Club where they serve fish pies wrapped in tweed. It’s not the third-last in the Queen Mother where careers are made and hearts are broken. Though all play a part in the tapestry of Cheltenham. It’s on the horse path between the parade ring and the pre-parade ring. It’s where the vanquished and victorious from the race before fade into memory, their Festival complete, and the runners for the next race emerge, their Festival unknown. It’s quiet, as quiet as you get at Cheltenham. The soldiers from one race go home – cuts on stifles, birch stuck in boots, missing shoes, under sweat-soaked coolers, staring at the ground, staggering from the test. The soldiers for the next race – platted manes, dappled coats, gazing at the horizon like surveyors, striding out

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like they’re in a parade, all their connections upbeat, careers – lives – still in the balance. It’s the moment of clarity; dreams fading on one side, and dreams unfolding on the other. Last year, Bensalem, a big, sleepy chaser, lost his dream when falling at the top of the hill, William Hill Chase at his mercy. This year – on Opening Day March 15 – he gets it right, jumping and traveling like he has an ax to grind. He ambles back to the barn, his right quarter over-reached and bloodied, but on his feet. What a difference a year makes. Ruby Walsh officially returns. The all-time leading Cheltenham jockey, sporting a black eye and a scar, wins the opener with Al Ferof for Paul Nicholls. The big boys are on the board. Three races later, they meet again in the same place. But different. Walsh waits and delivers Hurricane Fly to win the Stan James Champion Hurdle. Nicholls waits for him at the mouth of the parade ring, he shakes his hand, then slides out the side door. See, Willie Mullins, the Irish Paul Nicholls, trains Hurricane Fly. Nicholls was simply there as a friend. See inside page 31

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Walsh, in an interview before Cheltenham, explains race riding. He says when you’re doing it right, only the arms move over a jump. Everything else is still; legs, back, head, hands, just the arms move to the motion of the horse. He doesn’t even move his arms when guiding Quevega to her third consecutive win in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle. Walsh rides like Rodin: thinking, waiting, watching, analyzing. After the first race, he wears the pink armband denoting the leader in the clubhouse, he keeps it all week. On Wednesday, Robbie Power takes off at the last in the Neptune Investment Novices Hurdle with his first Cheltenham winner in his grasp. Oscars Well can’t stick the landing, losing his hind end and handing the race to First Lieutenant, a future Gold Cup winner. Cheltenham taketh, Cheltenham giveth. A race later, young Power wins a thriller on Bostons Angel. A race after that, Sizing Europe and Andrew Lynch are the pulse of the Sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase. Two-time winner Master Minded, spent at 8 years old, can’t match his Cheltenham exploits, fading after a blunder at the second-last. On Thursday, Buena Vista makes his seventh Festival start. The 10-year-old wins the Pertemps Final for the second year in a row. “He’s what National Hunt racing is about,” says his trainer David Pipe, The people’s champ, A.P. McCoy wins two, including another Ryanair Chase with Albertas Run, the crowd salutes their champion with a mighty roar. Graham Lee hits the board yet again aboard the hill-climbing Kalahari King, they walk into the winner’s enclosure again, again to the wrong pillar. Lee looks off in total disgust. Unbeaten in his last 10 starts, Big Buck’s wins the World Hurdle again for Nicholls and Walsh. Long as a business lunch, the French-bred 8-year-old does just enough to win, every time. That makes three World Hurdles. “Big Buck’s is a different class, he just does enough, brilliant,” Nicholls says. “He’s a bit of a freak, walks his box and Ruby says he’s weird but he’s very good.” My favorite horse in England, Junior, dominates the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase. It’s bittersweet at best, I bet out but wish he was in my silks, or my client’s silks. All my friends, who know the feeling, pat me on the back. George and Candida Baker, Pat and Valerie Murphy, they listen for a few minutes. Then tell me to shut up, get over it, have a drink, find another. Then it’s Friday. Gold Cup Day. Old guards, Kauto Star, Denman and Imperial Commander try to turn back time while the upstart, Long Run, the youngest horse in the race by two years tries to become the first 6-year-old to win the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. The great Denman and the great Kauto Star, both 11, put everyone on the shuffle as the field goes down the backside. Well, everybody but Long Run and his amateur rider Sam WaleyCohen. They’ve kept it together and run down the hill, just off the heels of the old souls. The crowd roars as their heroes turn into the stretch with two to go.

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Long Run (with amateur Sam Waley-Cohen aboard) surges over the last in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Sam Thomas implores the tank, Denman, who burrows down for the climb and starts to edge away from the ballerina, Kauto Star. Then, the clock strikes midnight. Long Run ranges to their outside and the page is turned. There is a new champion. Long Run sees it out, galloping to the top of the hill. Both trained by Nicholls, Denman and Kauto Star make the long walk back to the winner’s enclosure. Fans call them by name, salute them, knowing this could be the final time they’ll see them. Denman’s head hangs low, he’s gone to the well. Kauto Star follows him, spent. “The old horses ran amazing, it’s been a fantastic week, I love it,” Nicholls says. “You don’t like being second but today was just awesome, I didn’t mind at all. I’m proud of them, it’s great for racing.” Forty minutes after the Gold Cup, the field goes to the start of the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase. Willie TwistonDavies, son of trainer Nigel, flings last year’s winner Baby Run at the big fences, putting stamina and bravery to the test, stringing out the full field. The 16-year-old rides like he’s never been scared, until making a young mistake at the second-last, gunning for a long one; Baby Run puts down and flings Willie to the ground – stars in his eyes one minute, tears in his eyes the next. Steven Clements, a kid who showed up on my doorstep in America looking for a ride home and a job a couple of summers ago (he worked for Dr. Fisher at Fair Hill), wins the finale in the fading light of four days. Just a kid then, now he looks grown up, riding into the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure aboard Oiseau De Nuit, accomplishing a dream. At the end of the day, Sam WaleyCohen walks through the crowd, still in a daze. Dream achieved. “It’s very much surreal, these things are a lifetime ambition and it hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s the biggest race on the biggest stage, it’s the closest thing to a gladi-

atorial battle we have today, no quarter given and no quarter asked and Long Run showed that he had the heart for the race,” he says. “Without the horse, you’re nothing, you have to try and form a partnership, a unity, and he has to trust me and I have to trust him, coming down to some of those fences it was a real question of do or die, and he did. I always work hard to know the horse, there are no hiding places, you’ve got to go in there knowing your preparation is A1, otherwise, you have holes in your armor. Horses take you to very special places. Long Run is a life changer.”

U.S. connection to Gold Cup Cheltenham Gold Cup winning owner (and father), Robert Waley-Cohen epitomizes the amateur side of National Hunt racing. Waley-Cohen rode as an amateur, serves as chairman of the Point-to-Point board, trains point-to-point horses from his home in Warwickshire and supports his son, Sam, who partnered Long Run to an emotional win over former Gold Cup winners Denman and Kauto Star.

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Sam Waley-Cohen is the first amateur to win the Gold Cup since Jim Wilson partnered Little Owl in 1981. Robert Waley-Cohen’s amateur career even extends to America. In 1973, he rode three races on the U.S. pointto-point circuit while serving as general manager of Christie’s. Waley-Cohen bought Crumaboo and competed in the heavyweight and owner/rider timber races in 1973. Crumaboo finished fourth in his first start at Brandywine, second at Radnor Point-to-Point and won the owner/ rider timber at Orange County Pointto-Point. That was his American career, three races in 22 days. A son of a baronet, Waley-Cohen will take over from Lord Vestey as chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse after Vestey turns 70 in May. Waley-Cohen owned 1999 Triumph Hurdle winner Katarino. Sam Waley-Cohen, 28, owns Portman Healthcare, a chain of dental practices. He finished second board his father’s Oscar Time in the Grand National at Aintree, just missing a historic Gold Cup/Grand National double.

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