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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Houghton, Sheppard and Hendriks have multiple winners

CHRISTIANA, Pa.--Bernie Houghton of Christian trained three winners in one day, while Jonathan Sheppard of West rove, Pa., had two winners in one day and a third on another, while Ricky Hendriks of Unionville, Pa., also had two winners in one day, and Graham Motion also had a winner.

Bernie HoughtonBernie HoughtonHoughton's three wins came on Sept, 223, one at Parx in the afternoon and two that evening at Penn National.

Kim Eshelman's homebred Trolley Ride won a $45,000, 7 furlong Allowance race for fillies and mares 3 and up at Parx by 3/4 length after saving ground early, splitting rivals and holding on for the win.

"She's a nice filly," said Houghton. "There were a couple pf top fillies in there, and she did a good job."

"She's won about 230,000, and she's been stakes placed," said Houghton. "She's a nice Pa-bred. Kim has worked for us for four years. She works on the farm and breaks yearling for us."

Barlar LLC's Witch won the first race at Penn National that evening, a $15,400, 1 mile and 70 yards Claiming race, by 1 length.

 

HOUGHTON said he was thankful that Witch won, as Larry Karp, Barlar's owner, has had a tough year with racing being cancelled for so long due to Covid-19.

"She's strictly turf," said Houghton.

Then five races later, Morgans Melody, bred by Houghton's mother Betsy and owned by her Sylmar Farm, won a $14,400, 6 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mares 3 and up, scoring comfortable by 6 lengths.

"She won a race last year, and then she got hurt," said Houghton. "We gave her almost a year off, and this was her first race back in nine months."

Three days earlier, Midnight Hauler, also bred by Betsy Houghton and owned by Sylmar Farm, won a 19,000, 6 furlong Claiming race at Penn National after Kelli's Smile was disqualified.

"She got bumped a bit, but she still was 2 1/2 lengths in front of the second placed horse," said Houghton.

 

SHEPPARD'S two wins also came on Sept. 21, with a third a day later.

Darren Nagle's Boss Logic won a $15,000, 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race for 2 year olds at Delaware park.

Nagle, who rides jumpers for Sheppard, gallops her at Sheppard's farm in West Grove, and one has to suppose that she will one day be a jumper for Nagle.

At Presque Isle that evening, Sheppard's homebred Anoint won a $30,000, 5 1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight for 2 year olds by 3 1/4 lengths.

"That was her first race," said Sheppard. "We always quite liked her. I sent her to Presque ise, where I have an assistant trainer. He was quite high on her from the start."

"There's a Pa-bred stakes at the end of he meet at Presque Isle that she's nominated for," said Sheppard. "We'll wait and see how difficult that comes up."

Anticipating, bred by Sheppard and nominally owned by Sherry Fenwick, owned a $30,000, 1 mile Maiden Special Weight for 3 year olds and up by a neck on Sept. 22.

"We own him together," said Sheppard. "He's out of Confined, a nice mare I had. It's always fun to have someone to share a horse with. He'll stay at Presque isle for another race."

 

HENDRIKS, who has been having a great deal of success on the flat with horses co-owned by Hendriks, his mother Wendy and Debra Kachel, in whose name they all run, won another pair of races for those connections on Sept. 17.

Declared won a $15,000, 1 mile Maiden claiming race for 2 year old fillies at Presque isle by 3 3//4 lengths, and four races later Alfred won a $17,000, 1 mile Claiming race by 1 3/4 lengths.

MOTION saddled Earle I. Mack's Batyah to win a $63,000,1 mile Maiden Special Weight of 2-year-old fillies at Belmont on Sept. 19.

Batyah was five wide on the turn, the six wide in the stretch and went on to win by 2 1'4 lengths.

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