HDV Logo Full

Equine Feed & Supplies click here!      Equine Law, Insurance, & Accounting click here!      Dressage at Devon click here! 

Join Our Mailing List and Get a Free Subscription.

Sign up to get interesting news
delivered FREE to your inbox.  

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Sean McDermott and Richard Valentine saddle steeplechase winners at Colonial Downs

NEW KENT, Va.--Sean McDemott trained and rode South Branch Equine's Who's Counting to win the $35,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle race at Coloniial Downs on Aug. 8, while Richard Valentine saddled Mrs. George Ohrstrom's Connagh's Quay, ridden by Barry Foley, to win the $40,000 Maiden Hurdle.

Whos Counting CoadyWhos Counting (Photo by Coady Photography)Who's Counting won by 6 lengths over Mr.  Bridger, trained by George Laird and New Appointment, trained by Keri Brion.

Who's Counting has been switching from winning flat allowance races to steeplechases, with three wins and two seconds from five starts this year.

"He came last year as a just broken 3-year-old," said McDermott. "He was very green, but he always had a great attitude."

"I started him on the dirt," said McDermott, who ran hiim in flat races seven times, withone win in a turf race, before running him in a Maiden Claiming race over hurdlea at Middleburg this spring, figuring thst Who's Counting would't be claimed out of his first jumping race.

"I figured if he won that he could get in a ratings handicap race," said McDermott. "That plan worked."


McDERMOTT started  him twice more on the flat, with Who's Counting finiashing second in a 1 3/8 mile turf race at Laurel Park.

Connaghs Quay CoadyConnaghs Quay (Photo by Coady Photography)"He needs that distance, but they don't run many races at thst lenght,". said McDermott, who said he's onsidering a Stakes at Colonial or perhaps a hurdle race at Saratoga as Who's Counting nexr start.

"He loves to jump," said McMermott. "It's like giving him a mint. It's a treat."

Connagh's Quay won by 6 lengths over Pacifist, trained by Kate Dalton and Robert's Luxxury, trained by McDermott.

Connagh'e Quay ran eight time on the flat, with his best a second place finish before being switched to hurdles.

This was his third start over fences after finishing sixth twic.


The Horse of Delaware Valley

Editor: Sara Cavanagh
Target Market Publications

Advertising Director: Ginny Jenkins 
For information please call:

Marketing Manager: Debbie Morrison

Media Manager/Creative Coordinator: Heather Mullen

Since 1980

facebook200 Instagram


Monthly Advertising Themes

  • August
    Fall Show Previews, Equine Insurance, Legal & Accounting, Dressage at Devon
  • September
    Fall Show Previews, Equine Feed & Supplies, Equine Insurance, Legal, & Accounting, Dressage at Devon
  • October
    Trailers & Equine Transportation & Equine Feed & Supplies
  • November
    Holiday Gift Guide & Trailers & Equine Transportation
  • December
    Stallions & Breeding, Holiday Gift Guide
  • January
    Stallions & Breeding, Photo Contest & Winter Care
  • February
    Barns & Equipment, Photo Contest 2022, Winter Care & Stallions & Breeding
  • March
    Spring/Summer Show Previews, Barns & Equipment
  • April
    All Natural Products & Services, Spring/Summer Show Previews
  • May
    DEVON HORSE SHOW, All Natural Products & Services, Equine Vets & Caregivers
  • June
    Equine Vets & Caregivers, Pets, Pet Supplies & Pest Control, Footing and Fencing, Equestrian Apparel & Accessories
  • July
    Pets, Pet Supplies & Pest Control, Footing and Fencing, Equestrian Apparel & Accessories 

Click here for more Information.

Equine Law, Ins, Acctg PROMO