Jonathan Sheppard goes two ahead in Trainer Races won with two wins at the International Gold Cup
- October 25, 2020
- By SARA CAVANAGH
THE PLAINS, Va.--Parker Hendriks rode Sherry Fenwick's Anticipating, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, to win the $30,000, 2 1/8 mile Ratings Handicap, the featured hurdle race at the International Gold Cup, to give Hendriks his first sanctioned race win and Sheppard the first of his two wins on the day.
Sheppard is now leading Jack Fisher by two wins, 14 to 12, in Trainer, Races Won, while Fisher still leads, $371,560 to Sheppard's $313,440 in Trainer, Money Won.
Hendriks got the usual reward for winning his first sanctioned race, a bucket of water dumped over his head.
Hendriks benefited from a big difference in the weights, with Anticipating carrying 134 to second placed New Member, trained by Fisher, who carried 158 pounds.
"I told Parker that there wasn't much pace in the race, so I told him to go out in the lead and take advantage of the break in the weights," said assistant trainer Keri Brion, who saddled all Sheppard's horses at the Gold Cup. "Parker gave him a brilliant ride.
"Parker has worked for us for almost two years now," said Brion. "He comes in every day,, even with school. e works very hard, so he deserved that."
Sheppard's second win came with Hudson River Farm's Galway Kid (Ire), ridden by Darren Nagel in the $25,000 Rating Handicap Hurdle.
Brion found Galway Kid in Ireland at Mick Goff's, and he is now one of the most consistent steeplechasing horses, with three wins, a second and a third, all but his first win coming this year..
He broke his maiden at Callaway last fall and won at Middleburg earlier this year.