Jonathan Sheppard wins the Turf Writers for the15th time as Winston C doubles in Saratoga
- August 23, 2019
- By SARA CAVANAGH
SARATOGA, N.Y.--Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard saddled his 15th winner in the $150,000, G1 New York Turf Writers Cup as Winston C became the first horse in 20 years to win the Saratoga double of the G1 A.P. Smithwick and the G1 Turf Writers.
Ridden by Tom Garner and owned by Ed Swyer's Hudson River Farms, Winston C saved ground while running sixth for the first two miles of the 2 3/8 mile race on Thursday, Aug. 22.
The 5-year-old bay gelding began to pick up horses after the last fence on the backside and drove clear in the stretch under a light drive to win by a dominating 8 3/4 lengths.
Riverdee Stable's Gibralfaro, trained by Jack Fisher, and Brous Stable LLC, Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable's Belisarius, trained by Kate Dalton, battled it out through the stretch with Gibralfaro just edging up to place second by a nose.
Winston C gave 10 pounds to Gibralfaro and 12 pounds to Belisarius.
"I was somewhat concerned about the weight," said Sheppard. "Ten pounds in a lot. But he handled it like a plum, as they say."