PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga.--Jack Fisher saddled two winners at Callaway Gardens steeplechase as well as one at Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday, Nov. 6 to move into a tie for Trainer, Races Won with Leslie Young.
"Actually, I'd like to see Leslie win the Leading Trainer title," said Fisher, who has held that tile 13 times, most for consecutive years, until Jonathan Sheppard won it last year before he retired.
"I think Leslie winning would be good for the sport," said Fisher. "The Mean Queen is good for racing, too. Snap Decision winning 11 races in a row was too much."
Fisher felt that he competition, both between trainers and horses, benefited the sport of steeplechasing.
Fisher's first win of the day was with Riverdee Stable's City Dreamer, ridden by Graham Watters, who won the featured $75,000 Novice Hurdle Stakes by 1/2 length over Historic Heart, trained by Keri Brion, finishing in 4:12 2/5, which tied for the fasted time of the day for the 2 miles and 3 furlong race.
"City Dreamer is out of novice now," said Fisher. "So now what do I do with him. He can't run against Snap Decision and The Mean Queen. We'll try fox hunting him this winter and see if he's a good enough jumper to run over timber. But I want to make sure he's a good enough jumper."
TWENTY YEARS ON, also owned by Riverdee Stable and ridden by Watters, won the $20,000 Maiden Claiming race by 1 1/2 lengths over Three O One, trained by Lillith Boucher.
"I thought Twenty Years On would win," said Fisher.
Fisher said that Schoodic, scratched the the veterinarian from the stakes race at the Gold Cup, was fine.
"They said Schoodic had a suspensory," said Fisher.
Fisher said he never could see anythingwrong with the horse, and that Schoodic was sound and had been vetted clean since.
"I think they're overdoing it in Maryland and Virginia," said Fisher, saying he felt they were bending too far over backwards to prevent breakdowns.
"Now I can't enter him again," said Fisher. "He's on the vets list, and he can't run until I get his blood work back."
Fisher said that after next week's final steeplechase race most of his horses would be off for the winter.
A Silent Player (Ire), owned by Irv Naylor, trained by Brion and ridden by Parker Hendriks, won the $15,000 Steeplethon by 1 1/2 lengths over Bodes Well, trained by Young.
Arch Kingsley saddled Boss Man to win the $15,000 Amateur or Apprentice Rider Hurdle by 1/2 length over Court Ruler, trained by Young, and Cyril Murphy saddled Global Freedom (GB) to win the second division of that race by 1 1/2 lengths over Glencorrib Sky (Ire), trained by Kathy Neilson.
Mark Beecher saddled Frontline Citizen (Ire) to win the $30,000 Maiden Hurdle by 1 length over Mr. Alec, trained by Kingsley.