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Saturday, June 03, 2023

Rodney Jenkins saddled a Maryland winner while Bernie Houghton, Graham Motion, Jonathan Sheppard and Michael Dickinson all had winners

LAUREL, Md,--Rodney Jenkins,having turned to training after his show jumping career,, saddled Hillwood Stable LLC's Cormaker, ridden by Victor Carrasco, to win the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes at Laurel on  June 16.

Rodney JenkinsRodney JenkinsJenkins dominated the American show ring in the 1960s, ‘70s and through most of the 80s before retiring as the most successful rider in the history of U.S. show jumping.

He was inducted into the show jumping Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rodney Jenkins jumpingRodney Jenkins during his show jumping careerNow he is a successful Maryland-based trainer.

Cordmaker, by Curlin out of a Polish Numbers mare, bred in Maryland by Robert T. Manfuso and Katherine M. Voss, won the 7 furlong race by  1/2 length over Clubman.

Cordmaker, who was fifth early in the seven horse field, saved ground on the turn, stayed on the rail through the stretch and won under pressure.


BERNIE HOUGHTON has won four races over the past four days, including two for Barlar LLC and one for his mother Betsy's Sylmar Farm.

Houghton started his skein of wins  on June 14 at Penn National, saddling Fountain Springs Stable's Jibber Jabber, ridden by Tyler Conner, to win a $28,900, 5 1/2 furlong allowance.

Jibber Jabber broke in the air, led into the turn, regained the lead in early stretch and bore out under a left hand whip to hold on to win.

At Penn National on June 14, Houghton saddled Barlar LLC's Pictor, ridden by Juli Hernandez, to win  a $31,600 6 furlong allowance by 8 lengths.

Pictor, bred in Pennsylvania by Barlar, also broke in the air and moved to the lead and was ridden out to the end.

On June 16, also at Penn National, Houghton trained Sylmar Farm's Ravens Delight, ridden by Maicol Innio, to win a $28,000 1 mile, 79 tards allowance by 1 length.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Elizabeth (Betsy) Houghton, by Great Nation out of a Dance with Ravens mare, Ravens Delight stayed close to the pace and widened his lead in the stretch.

At Delaware Park on June 17, Houghton saddled Barlar LLC's Witch, ridden by Hernandez, to win a $15,500 maiden claiming y 2 1/4 lengths.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Barlar, Witch is by Magician (Ire) out of a $Dansili (GB) mare.

Graham Motion, who started his career at Jonathan Sheppard's, saddled two winners over the past week.

He trained Stewart Armstong's Style Icon to win a $80,000, 1 1/16 turf  maiden special weight at Belmont by 1 1/2 lengths on June 13 and followed that win a win with Stone Farm's Saintly Samurai in a $35,000 1 mile starter allowance at Laurel on June 15.

Sheppard saddle J R Stable LLC's Everyonelovesjames o win a $66,000 1 mile turf allowance race at Belmont on June 9.

Everyonelovesjames, bredin New York  by James R. Motzking's J R Stable, led the whole way to win comfortably by 6 1/4 lengths.

Michael Dickinson saddled Monticule LLC's homebred Archaggelos to win a $38,000  1 1/16 mile turf allowance optional claiming race by 3 1/2 lengths at Delaware park on June 17.


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