MIDDLEBURG,Va.--While Jonathan Sheppard was in Florida, assistant trainer Keri Brion saddled two winners for the Hall of Fame trainer at the Virginia Fall aces in Middleburg on Oct. 12.
Ebullience, a Pa-bred bred and owned by Sheppard, is a 7-year-old by Fairbanks out of Effervescent, who is a younger half-brother of graded stakes winner Italian Wedding, won the $20,000 Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths.
Ebullience, ridden by Darren Nagle, led the entire race to best a nine horse field for his second win over fences after splitting his time between running on the flat and over fences.
"I thought that we'd hunt him over the winter and then start him over timber next year," said Sheppard. "He's not terribly fast but he stays well and he's a good jumper. But when I mentioned that to Darren, he thought we should run him ovr hurdles again next year."
"DARREN SAID he loved Ebullience," said Brion. "He said he's gotten better. Italian Wedding didn't stat winning stakes until he was 8, so maybe they're both late bloomers."
"Darren rode everything for us at Middleburg," said Brion. "He knows these horses, so you don't need to tell him anything. Those were his first two wins after coming back from a broken leg he got last spring."
Able Archer won the $20,000 Allowance Steeplethon for owner and breeder Kevin Galbraith's KMSN Stable.
That was his second start in a steeplethon, in which horse jump various types of fences from hedges to timber to water, after finishing second in one at Great Meadow last year.
"Able Archer is a useful type," said Sheppard of the 7-year-old Pa-bred.. "His owners watched it on the live feed on the computer and were very pleased. They've been very loyal to him. It's taken him a while to find himself."
"Able Archer just jumped so good," said Brion.
Able Archer settled last, moved quickly up at the second to last to lead by a length over the last and go on to win by 2 3/4 lengths.
Ballybristol Farm LLC's Adi'amu. trained by Leslie Young and ridden by Jack Doyle, led every step of the way in the $40,000 Timber Stakes to win very easily over Super Saturday, trained by Kathy Neilson and Witor, trained by Todd Wyatt.
Andi'amu has run three times in Middlebug and won twice and is aimed for the Gold Cup in two weeks.
Big Bend by Union Rags, owned by Kinross Farm and trained by Neil Morris, won the $30,000 Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle.
Big Bend, a former stakes winner on the flat, was making his first start over fences.
Morris also saddled Junonia to win the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle, while Rebecca Shepherd's Curve of Stones, trained by David Bourke, won the $15,000 Maiden Timber.
YOUNG HAD a second winner on the same day at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in Genesee, N.Y.
Fat Chance Farm's Flaming Sword, ridden by McLane Hendriks, won the $10,000 Amateur Apprentice Timber race by 3 1/4 lengths.
Joy Slater bought Flaming Sword basically as a favor to Young, and he has now won twice for her from three starts.
In the $30,000 featured Genesee Valley Hunt Cup Timber Stakes, Jack Fisher saddled his mother Mrs. John R. S. (Dolly) Fisher's Schoodic, ridden by Hadden Frost, to win by a length over Le Chevalier, trained by Julie Gomena and ridden by Mark Beecher.
Schoodic is now also aimed for the Gold Cup, which should be a very competitive and exciting race.
Beecher also saddled a winner, Lucy Goelet's Rocket Star Red, who won the $15,000 Maiden Timber by 2 3/4 lengths.
In Genesee's fourth race, Full time Party, trained by Ricky Hendriks for Meadow Run Farm, won by a length over Av A Word.