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Friday, April 20, 2012

66th Block House Steeplechase



Who do you like in the

$25,000 Glassy Mountain Farm Block House?

Flight Movie. 2006 dk. b. or br. g., Touch ‘n’ Fly--Fritzie’s Michelle, by Skip Away. Owner: Marilyn S. Ketts. Trainer: Lilith Boucher. Jockey: Richard Boucher. 2012 record: 1-1-0-0, $15,000. 2011 NSA record: 1-1-0-0, $6,000. 9-2 odds. Unbeaten over hurdles. Scored front-running win in $25,000 Celebrate Aiken allowance race on March 24 after maiden claiming win at Foxfield Fall in October. Block House will be class test. Cuse. 2001 gr. or ro. g., Wekiva Springs--Cayman Queen, by *Recupere. Owner-trainer: Karen M. Gray. Jockey: Gus Dahl. 2012 record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2011 record: 10-3-0-0, $37,500. 5-1 odds. Veteran campaigner began 2012 with front-running score in Sandhills Cup at Stoneybrook Steeplechase in North Carolina on April 7. Won an open allowance race at the Steeplechase at Callaway in Georgia on Nov. 5 but showed nothing in starter allowance at the Colonial Cup two weeks later. Inti (Uru). 2005 gr. or ro. g., Dubai Dust--Rigolina, by Ritz. Owner: Meritage Racing. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Roddy Mackenzie. 2011 record: 5-1-2-1, $13,800. 15-1 odds. Had a respectable debut season with a maiden victory at the International Gold Cup and a good second in the Montpelier Cup, an optional allowance at the Montpelier Races on Nov. 5. Class Brahms. 2008 b. g., Brahms--Class Babe, by Class Secret. Owner: Mede Cahaba Stable. Trainer: Lilith Boucher. Jockey: Richard Boucher. 2012 record: 1-1-0-0, $6,000. 2011 record: 5-1-0-0, $10,015. 10-1 odds. Mede Cahaba homebred won 2012 debut in $10,000 CenturyLink claiming hurdle at Stoneybrook Races in Raeford, N.C., on April 7. Won maiden victory at Virginia Fall Steeplechase on Oct. 2 before fourthplace finishes in the Gladstone Stakes at Far Hills, N.J., and the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial at the Colonial Cup behind 3-year-old champion Wanganui. Divine Fortune. 2003 ch. g., Royal Anthem--My Tombola, by Northern Fling. Owner: William Pape. Trainer: Jonathan Shep-

Competitors head down the last stretch at one of the many races at the 2011 Block House Steeplechase event. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

pard. Jockey: Brian Crowley. 2011 record: 4-1-1-0, $64,000. 4-5 odds. Won A. P. Smithwick (Gr. 2) for second straight year and then was disqualified from fourth to sixth in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) for bumping incident. Finished good second in the Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) after losing jockey in Grand National. – article submitted by Don Clippinger

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