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Boyd Martin a favorite to win Devon Horse Show’s exciting new competition, Arena Eventing
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.-Olympic veteran Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., is one of the favorites to win Arena Eventing on Sunday, May 28 at 7 pm, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair’s newest addition to its lineup of exciting, world-class competitions.
Boyd Martin on Steady Eddy competing at Rolex Ky - photo by Allen MacMillanDevon runs May 25 to June 4 and benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, to which it has donated over $14,000,000.
Martin was the top-placed U.S. rider at both the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, riding Shamwari 4, and the 2010 WEG in Lexington, riding Neville Bardos.
He was a member of the 2016 and 2012 US Olympic Teams and is one of the leading event riders of today.
In addition to representing the USA, Boyd has enjoyed international competitive success, finishing seventh in the world in 2014 and in the top 10 at every four-star in the world: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in Lexington, Ky.; Pau CCI4* in France; Boekelo CIC4* in the Netherlands; Luhmuehlen CCI4* in Germany; the World Equestrian Games in the USA and France and Burghley CCI4* in England.
But one of the biggest reasons he is a favorite to win Devon’s Arena Eventing is that he was won a similar event in Wellington Fla., all three times it has been run.
“Devon’s Event is similar to the one in Florida,” said Martin. “It’s a very exciting event for the crowd, because they can see the whole competition up close while sitting in a chair. That’s not usual for eventing.”
“Arena eventing is not going to replace regular eventing, but it’s a great showcase for our sport,” said Martin. “It’s held in a smaller venue before a different crowd,”
Devon’s prize money of $50,000 is the third highest prize money for any type of eventing held in this country, with only Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and Wellington offering more prize money.
“The prize money is great,” said Martin. “The majority of it goes to the owners of the horses, and it’s great to repay these owners for how much money they’ve put into this sport.”
The first round will incorporate both cross country and open jumping fences, and the course of about 25 jumps, designed by Captain Mark Phillips, will wind through both the Gold Ring and the Dixon Oval.
Faults will be assessed for knockdowns and for exceeding the maximum time,
There will be a jump-off in the Dixon Oval for all those going clean in the first round.
Phillip Dutton repeats as Eventing’s National Champion, places three in top 10 at Rolex CCC**** Championship
By SARA CAVANAGH
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa., riding the veteran Mr. Medicott, won Eventing’s National Championship at the Rolex CCC****, April 27-30 in Lexington, for a record fifth time overall.
Phillip Dutton on Mr. Medicott - photo by Allen MacMillanDutton also placed all three of his horses in the top 10, an amazing feat while competing against the top event riders in the world.
Dutton was the highest placed American rider, scoring 54.6, but he actually finished fourth behind Germany’s Michael Jung on the super mare FischerRocana FST, who won Rolex for a record setting third consecutive year.
Standing second on a score of 37.1, behind Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen, 33.6, after dressage, Jung shot into the lead after cross country, adding just 1.6 time faults to a clean jumping round to finish on 38.7, for a lead of 5.7 and giving him a fence in hand in stadium jumping.
Last to go on Sunday, Jung needed that fence in hand as he had one down in the last combination to win on a score of 42.7.
France’s Maxime Livio on Qalao Des Mers finished on his dressage score of 44.6 to place second, and Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall on High Kingdom also finished on her dressage score of 46.6 to place third.
Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, Va., on Under Suspicion was fifth on 54.8; followed by Matthew Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., on Super Socks, 56.8; Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., on Cracker Jack, 61.4; Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive,63.0; Kurt Martin of The Plains on Delux Z, 68.3; and Dutton on I’m Sew Ready, 68.1.
Of the 59 starters, 39 finished, with only five going double clear (no jumping or time faults) cross country and only four going double clear in stadium jumping on Sunday.
Jersey-bred Irish War Cry among early favorites to win Ky. Derby. Fillies by Union Rags among those aimed at Ky. Oaks
By SARA CAVANAGH
Trivia question: When was the last time a New Jersey bred won the Kentucky Derby? Answer: Almost never.
CORRECTION: The filly Regret, bred by Henry Payne Whitney, won the 1915 Kentucky Derby as the favorite in the race; and in 1934 the colt Cavalcade, bred by an Englishman in England and imported in utero to Morristown, N.J.,, where he was foaled, making him a N.J.-bred, won the Derby. He was owned by Isabel Dodge Sloan's Brookmeade Stable in the race, having been bought by her trainer for Sloan at the 1932 Saratoga Sale for $1,200.
Irish War Cry winning the Wood Memorial - photo by Patricia McQueenIn fact, you might ask, when was the last time a Jersey bred even ran in the Derby? The answer to that is probably very few if any..
But all that may change on May 6 when Irish War Cry goes to the post as one of the favorites in this year’s Derby.
Irish War Cry, who is owned by Isabelle de Tomaso and was foaled at Overbrook Farm in Holbrook, N.J., will not be the only northeast representative in the spotlight during derby week.
Two fillies by Union Rags, who was bred by Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pa., will be running in the Kentucky Oaks on May 5. They are daughters of the Wyeth-bred and owned Union Rags, who was the leading sire of 2-year olds for a while last year.
One, Tequilita, was bred and is owned by Dorothey Matz of Coatesville, Pa.
Irish War Cry, who was also bred by deTomaso, is trained at Fair Hill by Graham Motion.
Irish War Cry won his first race, a Maiden Special Weight at Laurel Park, on Nov. 11, 2016 and has since won three stakes, the Marylander Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 3, the Lambholm South Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4 and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8.
In between, he inexplicably threw in one bad race, the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on March 4.
Other top favorites to win the Derby are Classic Empire, trained by Mark Casse, who won the Arkansas Derby, and Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Pletcher, who has only started three times but won the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on April 1.
Fair Hill point-to-Point crowned Joshua G Overall champion in the Delaware Valley Point-to-Point series
By SARA CAVANAGH
FAIR HILL, Md.—Joshua G, owned by Armata Stables, trained by Kathy Neilson and ridden by Jennie Brannigan, finished third in the Lady Rider Timber race at Fair Hill, but that, combined with his points from winning the Ladies race at Brandywine, made him the Lady Rider series champion and the 2017 Overall Champion.
Kathy Neilson and Steven Clements, trainer and rider of All of the Above, winner of the Heavyweight race.It was a amazing day with six hours of racing, featuring 12 races and running from 10:15 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on a beautiful very warm spring day.
Race co-chairmen Don Cochran, Jay Meister and Paddy Neilson did an amazing job of keeping races running on time, despite some problems and confusion in the two Maiden Training Flat races when trainers didn’t get their horses to the paddock on time.
Witor (Ger), owned by Blair Wyatt, trained by husband Todd and ridden by Amelia McGuirk, won the Ladies race over Coastal Moon, owned by Upland Partners, trained by Todd McKenna and ridden by Annie Yeager, with Joshua G third and Leffingwell Lion, owned and trained by Elizabeth Korrell and ridden by daughter Virginia fourth, in a race that was wide open until the very end.
“We’ve had Witor a long time,” said Todd Wyatt. “He’s been hurt a couple of times. We’ve been hunting him with Elkridge-Harford.”
Previously owned by Merriefield Farm and trained by Wyatt, Witor ran and won once over hurdles from 2012 to 2014, then ran over timber twice in 2015 and hasn’t run since until Fair Hill, “My wife owns him now,” said Wyatt. “We thought we’d run him in a point-to-point and see how he does. We’ll wait and see what he does next.”
Neilson saddled All of the Above, owned by Sycamore Run Farm and Move Up Stables and ridden by Steven Clements, to win the Heavyweight Timber over Don’t Make Me Cry, owned by Holwood Stable and trained and ridden by Mark Beecher, and Gusto At Dawn, owned, trained and ridden by Benjamin C. Swope.
Sycamore Run Farm is owned by Charles C. Coyne and Miss Anna E, Coyne of Unionville, Pa.
“He was stakes placed on the flat,” said Neilson of All of the Above. “He was evented for two years. I’ve had him for six months. He’s crazy but talented. He’s spooky, and he goes sideways and backwards.”
Boogie Biz, owned by Daniel R. Baker and trained and ridden by Beecher, won the Novice timber over Papermill Stable’s Captain Easy, trained by Billy Meister and ridden by Eric Poretz, with Mrs. S.K. Johnston’s Share Out, trained by Wyatt and ridden by McGuirk, placing third.
Chapot and Stewart repeat as WEF circuit Leading Riders
By SARA CAVANAGH
WELLINGTON, Fla.- Both Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., and Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., repeated as the Winter Equestrian Festival’s circuit champion Leading Riders, and both have won those titles many, many times.
They’ve won so many times, in fact, that neither one can remember how many times.
Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince by SportfotLaura Chapot was Open Jumper Leading Rider and Leading Lady Rider from the WEF Thursday grand prix classes and the Saturday night or Sunday afternoon grand prix classes.
Chapot was circuit champion of two divisions, riding to the top of the 1.40m division with Mary Chapot's Zealous, and also topping the 1.35m division with Mary Chapot's Umberto.
“It was great to be Leading Rider again,” said Chapot. “It was particularly nice to have Zealous be Circuit Champion in the 1.40m section because she’s a homebred.”
“It was really exciting to win the Martha Jolicoeur award for Leading lady Jumper Rider,” said Chapot. That’s just based on the grand prix class. To win that for the first time was so exciting.”
Chapot rode Dual Star and Prince Un Quointreau in the WEF series and in grand prix classes.
This was the first year that Chapot has had horses that are competitive in big grand prix classes,
In the past, Chapot has won the Circuit Leading Jumper Rider title by dominating in the slightly lower height claases.