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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ricky Hendriks has three winners at Old Dominion Point-to-Point

BEN VENUE, Va.--Ricky Hendriks saddled three winnrers, including his Mother Wendy's Surprising Soul in the featured Open Hurdle race, at the Old Dominion Point-to-Point on Sept. 12.

Surprising Soul Adam CoglianeseSurprising Soul (Photo by Adam Coglianese)Surprising Soul's win was a three generation family affair, with Ricky's son McLane riding the winner to a fairly easy 2 length victory over Kinross Farm's Big Bend.

"Surprising Soul is going to be McLane's ride now," said Hendriks of the 8-year-old multiple stakes winner whose wins include the G1 Lonesome Glory Stakes at Belmont last year. "We're going to run him over timber. He'll run at the Blue Ridge Point-to-Point next weekend and then we'll convert him to timber."

Hendrik's first win of the day was in the second race, a Maiden Hurdle, with Armata Stables' You're No Better (GB), ridden by Archie MacCauley.


YOU'RE NO BETTER lead through most of the race and held off He'll Do It, trained by Sanna Neilson, and Lap of the Gods, trained by Jonathan Sheppard to win by 1 length.

"We've run him a few times over hurdles," said Hendriks of the 5-year-old who has be running over hurdles in maiden races, usually finishing mid-field. "We ran him in a point-to-point to get his a win and to give him a little confidence."

Emily Aster's Good And Proper, ridden by Courtney Dankanich, won the Novice Rider Flat race by 6 lengths.

"Emily is a new owner for us," said Hendriks. "She has the oldest racing silks in the game. Those silks have been in her family in England for many years."

"Emily wanted a horse that was ready to run, and I said, `I've got just the horse for you," said Hendriks of the 8-year-old previously owned by Rosbrian Farm that was second at the Gold Cup in a maiden claiming race earlier this year. "He's just a fun little horse."

The win was the first for Dankanich, who now rides exercise for Hendriks after riding out for Sheppard and then spending two years riding in Australia for a top trainer there.

She now also ponies horses to the start at Delaware Park.

Hendriks, previously only a steeplechase trainer, has had a number of winners on the flat this year, including most recently Epic in a Claiming race at Parx for Debra Kachel.

Although Kachel is listed as owner, all those horses are also co-owned by Wendy and Ricky Hendriks.

With so little steeplechase racing this year, and with its purses so low, that group has been running a lot of their horses on the flat.

"Thank goodness we have those flat horses going for us," said Hendriks.

Lillith Boucher and Doug Fout had two winners each.

Boucher saddled two for Why Not Racing LLC, both ridden by Mell Boucher.

Paddy's Crown won  the Amateur/Novice Rider Hurdle race by 1 13/4 lengths, and True Calling won the Young Adult Flat by 3 lengths.

Fout saddled Melissa Cantacuzene's Yankee Doodle Boy, ridden by Barry Foley, to win the Maiden Hurdle and Beverly Steinman's Invester, ridden by Sophie Henelius, to win the Novice Rider Maiden Flat.

Richard Valentine saddled Kinross Farm's I Just Wait and See (Ire) to win the Open Timber.


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