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Friday, December 09, 2022

Brion and Parker join up for three wins at Foxfield

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Keri Brion saddled three winners, all three ridden by Parker Hendriks, at Foxfield Fall Races on a very cold and wet Sunday, Oct. 2.

Keri BrionKeri BrionBrion also had a two seconds and a third to hit the board in five of the six races.

Madaket Stables and Molly and Paul Willis' Jimmy P won the featured $30,000, 2 1/8 mile Maiden Hurdle by three lengths over Cool Jet (Ire), trained by Jack Fisher.

"Jimmy P is a nice little horse," said Hendriks. "It was neat to win a race for Madaket Stables."

Madaket Stables has raced numerous top flat horses and only recently got into steeplechasing with Brion.

Hendriks said it was interesting the way they got Jimmy P.

"He was in California, and he was entered in my sister Liza's Wanamakers Auction, and she called me and said she though he'd make a good steeplechase horse," said Hendriks. "Paul Willis was interested and bought him."


"HE HAD TWO runs at Colonial, a second and a fourth,"said Hendriks. "He likes hunt meets better. It was a  bog by the time they got to this race. I dropped him in last and on the outside where there was some good going. He handle the conditions. He tries hard."

Jimmy P was last for most of the race, began to make a move two fences from home and went into the lead in the stretch for the win.

Brion was at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Timonium and was unavailable for comment.

Sanna Neilson and John L. Huganir's He'll Do won the $20,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle by 3/4 length over Pleasecallmeback, also trained by Brion, who also had New Appointment place fourth in the race.

He'll Do came out of nowhere for the win.

As Hendriks pointed out, He'll Do wasn't even in the frame of the stretch on the live stream until the very last few strides when he flew by Pleasecallmeback and Three O One who had been battling for the lead.

"The plan was to do the same thing that  had done with Jimmy P, to drop back last and keep him outside where the going was better," said Hendriks. "He's a big horse, and he's one of the toughest horses I know. Even if he didn't like the going, I knew he'd try. He'll give you 110 percent every time."

He'll Do is owned in partnership by Henkrik's mother Sanna Neilson, who trained him herself before turning him over to Brion.

"He missed the end of last year and the beginning of this year after he got injured at Colonial," said Hendriks. "He got turned out in a field, and he got bigger. He used to be ignorant and bullish, but he's gotten much  more rideable."

"He's the first horse that I've won three races on," said Hendiks, who won on He'll Do at Great Meadow in 2020 and at Willowdale in 2021, both times trained by Neilson.

Hendriks also rode Agitare, trained by Brion, to win the Training Flat race by 1 1/4 lengths over Eagerly, trained by Elizabeth Voss.

Flat races don't count towards a jockey's total in Races Won,, but with his two wins over fences Hendriks extended his lead to 19 wins over Tom Garner and Freddie Proctor with 11 each.

Brion Leads in Trainer, Money Won, but in Races Won trails Leslie Young, who has 25 wins while Brion has 23.

Kathy Neilson saddled both first and second placed horses in the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Race.

Hard Game LLC's Hard Game, ridden by Gerard Galligan, won by a neck over Hey Teacher Partner's Hey Teacher (GB), ridden by Barry Foley.

Janet Elliot saddled Gregory D. Hawkins' Saigon, ridden by Galligan, to win the $25,000 Filly and Mare Maiden Hurdle by 1 1/2 lengths over Eponine, trained by Young, and Young saddled Leipers Fork Steeplechase's Fast Vision, ridden by Proctor, to win by 2 33/4 lengths over Ljay (Ire), trained by Brion and ridden by Hendriks.

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