Equine Feed & Supplies click here!  Equine Insurance, Legal & Accting click here!  Fall Show Previews click here!  

Join Our Mailing List and Get a Free Subscription.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Proven Innocent wins a hurdle allowance at Saratoga in a thrilling finish

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--Jack Fisher saddled Bruton Street-US' Proven Innocent to win the $70,000, 2 3/8 mile Allowance Hurdle in a breath-taking finish at Saratoga on Aug. 31.

Proven innocent 7 nails Bandua at wire in 1st 2Proven innocent, number 7, nails Bandua at the wire (Photo by Tod Marks)Proven Innocent, ridden by Jamie Bargary, beat Bandua, trained by Neil Morris, by 1/2 length after a thrilling stretch run, with Who's Counting trained and ridden by Sean McDermott, third and Baltimore Kid, trained by Keri Brion, fourth.

Bandua, ridden by Gerard Galligan, made a huge move on the final turn to open a big lead in the stretch, with Proven Innocent chasing, but even three-quarters of the way down the stretch it didn't look possible for Proven Innocent to catch the leader.

"I didn't think he'd make it," said Fisher.

Proven Innocent, by Blame out of an A.P. Indy mare, was bred by Stuart Janney and raced by for him by Shug McGaughey, winning a $90,000 Maiden Special Weight at Belmont in September, 2021.


"WE BOUGHT Proven Innocent and Romp together," said Fisher.

Mike Hankin Charlie Fenwick Jack Fisher after 1stMike Hankin, Charlie Fenwick and Jack Fisher (Photo by Tod Marks)This was the 4-year-old's fourth start over fences after winning a maiden special weight at Iroquois in his second start and then finishing second to Freddy Flintshire in an allowance at Saratoga a month ago.

"He'll probably run next at Aqueduct in the novice race," said Fisher.

"It was a terrific race," said Charlie Fenwick, a co-owner with Mike Hankin and Charlie Noelle in Bruton Street. "He ran well and jumped well. It was a gutsy performance.We were screaming at the end."

"He got a terrific ride from Jamie," said Fenwick. "He saved ground on the inside and then swung out in the stretch to get a free run."

"I won on Bandua last time out," said Bargary, who won his fifth race in a row in the Saratoga race after winning both races at Colonial Downs two weeks in a row. "I knew he'd look at the crowd when he got in the stretch, so I had something to aim at."

"I ride this horse in the morning,"said Bargary, who rides out for Fisher daily. "He has as big a heart as I do. I knew he'd give me everything."

"This was my first win at Saratoga," said Bargary."I've been second a couple of times, but this was a sweet win."

The Horse of Delaware Valley

Editor: Sara Cavanagh

Advertising Director: Ginny Jenkins

Marketing Manager: Debbie Morrison

Media Manager/Creative Coordinator: Heather Mullen

Since 1980


Monthly Advertising Themes

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

Click here for more Information.