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Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Hendriks and Neilson families had good days at the Blue Ridge Hunt Point-to-Point.

BERRYVILLE, Va.--Ricky Hendriks had another pair of Point-to-Point winners. one with his own Detroit Blues and one with his mother's Cheers to Us, at the Blue Ridge Hunt Point-to-Point on Sept. 19.

Wendy Porter Ricky and McLane HendriksFile phot of Wendy, Porter, Ricky and McLane HendriksCheers to Us, another three generation Hendriks winner, ridden by Wendy Hendriks' grandson McLane, won the Amateur and Novice Rider Timber after all the other entries either fell or pulled up.

"Yesterday was Cheers to Us' first run over timber," said Hendriks. "He won a race at Radnor for George Mahoney, then he got injured, so George gave him to me. He acts like he could be a good timber horse."

"We'll maybe give him one more race over timber this fall and then hunt him over the winter," said Hendriks.

"Detroit Blues won a race at Saratoga, again for George Mahoney, and then he bowed, so George gave him to me," said Hendriks. "We were trying to make a timber horse of him, but he didn't take to it, so McLane will probably ride him in apprentice rider races."


WENDY HENDRIK'S Surprising Soul, after an easy win the week before at Old Dominion, ran second in the Open Hurdle, beaten by Jumonia by  a 1/2 length.

"I don't know what happened," said Hendriks of Surprising Soul, a stakes winner for Wendy Hendriks over hurdles who is being remade into a timber horse for McLane. "McLane gave him a perfect ride. They jumped the last fence head and head, and he got beat on the run in. Maybe we ran him back too quick."

"We'll school him over timber and give him a race over timber at Calloway Gardens later this year," said Hendriks.

The Neilson family also had a good day, with sisters Sanna and Kathy Neilson saddling winners ridden by their children Parker and Skylar.

He'll do, owned by Sanna and John L. Huganir, trained by Sanna and ridden by her son Parker Hendriks, easily won the second division of the Maiden Hurdle.

He'll do stalked the early leader Super Bird, took command in the final half mile of the 2 mile race and won by 7 lengths over Cause for pardon, trained by Leslie Young.

Berasa (Ire), owned by Irv Naylor, trained by Kathy and ridden by her daughter Skylar McKenna, won the Restricted Young Addult Flat race by 3/4 length.

Naylor had a second winner in Choo Choo, trained by Neil Morris and ridden by Bryan Cullinane, who won by 4 1/2 lengths going away in the Novice Rider Flat race.

Morris had two other winners, Shannon Hill Farm''s All Out of Aces, ridden by Graham Watters, who won by 5 lengths n the first division of the Maiden Hurdle, and Kinross Farm's Jumonia, ridden by Watters, in the Open Hurdle.

Joe Davies saddled Irvin Crawford's To Be Or Not To Be, ridden by Brett Owings, towin the Amateur'Novice Hurdle race by a head over Naylor's Mighty Mark, trained by Kathy Neilson and again ridden by Skylar McKenna.

Richard Valentine saddled Mrs. George Ohrstrom's Hafajay, ridden by Chris Gracie,, to win the Novice Timber by 1/2 length over Cocomania, trained by Emily Hannum.

River Deep, owned by Morgan's Ford Farm, trained by D.M. Smithwick and ridden by Gerard Galligan, won the Virgiini Bred turf race.


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