Snap Decision wins ninth in a row at Iroquois in 100,000 Stakes
June 28, 2021
By SARA CAVANAGH
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Snap Decision won the first G1 steeplechase of the year, the $100,000, 2 3//4 mile Calvin Houghland Stakes at Iroquois Steeplechase on June 26 for his ninth straight win, to equal the record of consecutive races won by one horse.
Snap Decision leads over the last fence in the Iroquois Stakes (Photo by Tod Marks)Owned by Bruton Street-US, trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Graham Watters, Snap Decision basically played with the six horse field, galloping easily behind New Member, also trained by Fisher, before going to the lead at the last turn and finishing in hand after a 3 1/3 length victory.
"He was really geared down going to the last fence, just to make sure he jumped it okay," said Fisher, whose third entry, Footpad, owned by Harold Via, fell early in the race.
Irv Naylor's Amschel (GB) and Bedrock (GB), both trained by Cyril Murphy, finished second and third respectively with Armata Stable's New Member a distanced fourth and Hudson River Farms' Galway Kid, trained by Ker Brion, was pulled up.
Joe Clancy dug up the previous winner of nine consecutive races.
Thrice Worthy, owned by W.S. Farish III, trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Jerry Fishback, although he was never a champion, won nine consecutive races from a maiden race at Atlanta on April 4, 1981 through the Hard Scuffle Steeplechase on May 22, 1982, a series of races that included three handicaps and two stakes.
But there's good news for all the other steeplechase trainers - Snap Decision isn't going to Saratoga for the two G1 races there.
Both the G1 A.P. Smithwick and the G1 New York Turf Writer's are handicaps, with the handicapper assigning weights to make the fields as equal as possible.
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