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Mean Mary wins the New York stakes for Graham Motion (2)

ELMONT, N.Y.--Mean Mary broke sharply and went straight to the front, controlling the pace and just holding on to win the $750,000, G2. 1 1/4 mile New York Stakes for fillies and mares 4 and up on the inner turf course by a nose over Thundering Night.

Mean Mafry CoglianeseMean Mary winning the New York Stakes (Photo by Coglianese Photography)Owned by Alex G. Campbell,, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Luis Saez, Mean Mary won the New York takes for the second year in a row and ran her earnings to over $1 million.

Mean Mary, 5 by Scat Daddy, set fractions of 25.09 seconds for the first 2 furlongs and a half mile in 50.31 to finish in 2:04.68 on a course soaked by rain that was termed yielding.

This was Mean Mary's second start and second win this year, having won the G3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico on May 15,

“I was really anxious when I saw Thundering Nights closing so fast, but I had felt pretty confident to that point,” Motion said. “She was really running. She came out of the gate like a rabbit. I’d never seen her break like that. She really does love it. She’s such a cool filly.”

Saez, aboard for all of her stakes wins, said Mean Mary handled the course with aplomb.

“She just broke well and she loves to run free,” Saez said. “I was just so glad to be on her. She got a great trip, broke out of there so well. She always breaks pretty well, but today was better than ever. She controlled the pace. The track was a little soft, but she handled it. She tried pretty hard the whole time.


“JOHNNY (Velazquez on Thundering Night) came flying there, but she gave me that last kick,” Saez added. “She’s a hard fighter."

A group stakes winner in Europe, this was Thundering Nights' first U.S. race.

 Moyion said she might next go to the G1, $500,000 Diana on July 17 at Saratoga or the G1, $400,000 Beverly D. on Aug. 14 at Arlington Park.

Mean Mary was second in the Diana Stakes last year, beaten a neck by Rushing Fall.

“I may go to the Beverly D," said Motion. "The Diana has not been kind to me, but we’ll see.”

Mean Mary now has started 11 times with seven wins, five of them in stakes, and two seconds with earnings of $1,006,160.


High School teenager Mell Boucher rides Tryon winner The Happy Giant (2)

COLUMBUS, N.C.--Mell Boucher, 18, who will only graduate from high school next week, won the featured $30,000, 2 mile Block House Ratings Handicap Hurdle race on The Happy Giant, owned and trained by Allison Fulmer, at the Tryon Block House Races on June 5.

The Happy Giant Mell Boucher lead over last in 4th 2The Happy Giant, ridden by Mell Boucher, leads over the last fence at Tryon (Photo by Tod Marks)"I'd only ridden this horse a couple of times before this race," said Boucher. "His regular jockey, Ross Geraghty, got hurt. Allison is a good friend of our family, so she asked me to ride. He's a super cool horse. It's nice to ride something you can be a passenger on."

Boucher had just won her first race under rules earlier this year at Willowdale.

"Ross called me and told me how to ride the horse," said Boucher. "He told me to ride him out the back and just make my move late in the race. ˆI was worried that I'd gotten to the front to soon. In the past he'd only won by a nose or a neck, so I didn't know if he'd stop when he got in front. But he was OK. He has a good turn of foot."

The Happy Giant won by 6 lengths over KMSN Stable's Sportswear, trained by Keri Brion.

Boucher said she plans to go to a tech college in Camden next fall.

"I was so delighted," said Mell's mother Lilith, who is also a trainer. "I was at home, watching the race live streamed. We're really proud of her. I'm glad she got a chance to shine. She and Allison have known each other for years. When Mell was only about 8 or 9, they rode together in a pair class at a horse show."


BRION SADDLED Irv Naylor's Chetzeron (Fr), ridden by Dan Nevin, to win the first division of the $20,000 Maiden Hurdle by 36 lengths in a race in which there were only two finishers.

 Chetzeron went straight to the front and led by opening margins throughout the race as first Cause For Pardon fell and Shootin the Breeze lost his rider and then three of the four remaining horses pulled up.

"We bought this horse last year, and he came over here a year ago last March or April," said Brion. "He ran twice last year. He got tangled up with a fallen horse and then pulled up at Middleburg. Then at the Gold Cup he pulled up lame. He had a small chip in  his knee. We gave him time. The Naylors have been very patient."

"Chetzeron looks like the real thing," said Brion. "Dan didn't realize how fast he was going. Hopefully he'll  go in the first allowance race at Saratoga."

LESLIE YOUNG saddled Ballybristol Farm LLC's Silver Crescent (Fr), ridden by Gerard Galligan, to win the second division of the $20,000 Maiden Hurdle by 6 3/4 lengths.

"He's a lovely horse," said Young. "We got him in 2018 at  a Horses in Training sale. He won a flat race at Fair Hill, then was third to Snap Decision and a good second in a maiden race at Colonial Downs. He got hurt at Foxfield, and we gave him a year and a half off. This was his second race back this year."

"It was super hot, and the ground was interesting." said Young. "The jockeys said it was dead feeling. After watching the first maiden race, we decided to let him hang out in back."

Silver Crescent moved up slowly and was in third at the second to last fence and then went on to the lead and to the win.

Vincent Van Gogo, owned by Flying Elvis Stable, trained by Neil Morris and ridden by Graham Watters, won the $10,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle race by a neck over his stablemate Argentic.

"It was good to get a win under his belt," said Watters. "The ground was soft to good, thanks to the watering system down here. The track's in good condition."

Hurtgen Forest, owned by Carrington Holdings LLC, trained by Arch Kinsley and ridden by Elizabeth Scully, won the Training Flat race by 2 1/1 lengths.

"I've ridden him three times now and he's been second, third and now first," said Scully. "Thanks to Arch and Mr. and Mrs. Price for letting me ride him. He has a big old gallop on him."

Laura Chapot wins $25,000 HITS Grand Prix (2)

SAUGERTIES, N.Y.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., rode Chandon Blue to win the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix in a four horse jump-off on Sunday, June 6, the second week of HITS in Sugerties.

Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue 3819Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue at WEF (Phoo by Spotfot)Second to go in the jump-off, Chapot set the time to beat of 35.970, which held up for the win.

Amanda Derbyshire on Don't Touch Du Bois, first to go in the jump-off, finished second in 36.491, and Declan Egan on Eldorado was third in 37.110 with Amy Shafmaster fourth in 40.424.

Chapot also placed fifth on Thornhill Kate as the fastest of the four faaulters,, and 10th on Diarado's Flying Dutchman.

"It was a good course," said Chapot. "It rode a little harder than it had walked. My horse handled it really well."


"THORNHILL KATE had an unlucky rail in the first round." said Chapot. "She just  touched the out of the combination, and it came down."

Diarado's Flying Dutchman is a relatively new ride for Chapot, a horse that she has had for about a year.

"He was second in the Grand Prix last week," said Chapot. "He was a little nervous this week. He jumped pretty well, but he got nervous in the middle of the course. He's new to grand prix. He's a little green, but he has a lot of talent. We're trying to get him more confident, not so nervous. He has to get it together mentally."

Chapot wasn't able to compete in the 50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday as her sister Wendy Nunn was judging,

We were planning to be at Devon this weekend, so when she was asked Wendy said she would judge the FEI section, said Chapot.

Obviously, the Chapot's plans changed when Devon was cancelled, but Wendy had already agreed to judge.

Adrienne Sternlicht on Cadans Z won the $50,000 Grand Prix in the jump-off time of 37.48 over Kevin Mealiff on Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve in 38.45 with Jonathan Corrigan third on Super Chilled in 38.87,

Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin named to U.S. Eventing Team for Tokyo (3)

WEST GROVE, Pa.--Two of the three riders named to the U.S. Eventing Team for the Tokyo Olympics, Phillip Dutton of West Grove and Boyd Martin of Cochranville, are from Chester County.

team usa team announcement graphicjpeg largeBoth are Olympic veterans, and Dutton won two team gold medals while competing for his homeland Australia in 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games and won an individual bronze medal in Rio competing for the U.S. while Martin was a member of the U.S. Eventing Team at the last two Olympics.

Martin has been named with two reserve horses, and Elizabeth Hallida-Sharp is the third member of the Tokyo team.

The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander and Team Leader Jenni Autry.

Competition will begin July 30 and continue through Aug. 2 at the Equestrian Park and Sea Forest Cross-Country Course venues.

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Alison Robitaille placed first and second in 1.40m Jumpers at Upperville, Scott Stewart Leading Hunter Rider (2)

UPPERVILLE, Va.--Alison Robitaille on Tuesday, June 8 placed first and second in the 1.40m Open Jumpers with Happiness and Cocobelle 3, respectively, over a field of 25 entries, many of whom are preparing for Thursday’s $30,000 Upperville Grand Prix.

Alison RobitailleAlison Robitaille on HappinessEarly in the class, Cathleen Driscoll set the time to beat with a double-clear effort aboard Plain Bay Sales’ Consul, finishimg in 31.24 seconds.

That time held up until Robitaille on Happiness, using her new mount’s quick foot speed and making inside turns, she was able to take the lead. clean in 30.5 seconds.

Robitaille was also the last to go on Cocobelle 3, and while she was already guaranteed to win the class, she still finished in 30.80 seconds to place second place, while Driscoll moved to third place.

“Happiness is a very experienced horse and she has a big stride," said Robitaille. "I did not even feel like she was going that fast, so I knew I could trust her to go inside everyone else’s tracks.”


“SHE CAME over in March so this is my fourth or fifth show with her," she said. "She is very chill and not spooky going into a new ring. I did not try her when I bought her, I bought her off of the video! I am feeling like we are melding into a good partnership. I don’t think of myself as a “catch rider.” I know my horses and have a relationship with them, so this is another great step in that direction. She went so well today, I am not sure if she will go again tomorrow. She will definitely make an appearance in the National Grand Prix.”

“CocoBell is 8 years old and just moving up to this 1.40m level." said Robitaille. "I also got her recently, in January. When I am in Florida, I fly back and forth the whole time because my children are still in school in Virginia, so it has been really nice in the spring to have my horses in one place and to be able to ride them everyday and feel like we are really making good progress. She finished up competing in Kentucky really well and I felt like she came right in and built off of that.”

“It means a lot to me to be back competiing at Uppperville this year." she said. "I am so happy that they were able to put on the show this year. I missed competing here last year. It is always nice to be able to show at home, but that also makes it a little more hectic for me because I am also busy being a mom and taking care of my children with their activities. Being a mom means having to compartmentalize your roles but I am grateful to be able to be at home and be with my children and also be able to come to a world-class horse show to compete.”

Despite missing the class course walk, Robitaille was able to compartmentalize and refocus when she arrived at the show with both her new horse Happiness and Cocobelle 3, an 8-year-old Oldenburg mare, who is just moving up to the 1.40m division, and claim both of the top ribbons.

Earlier in the day, Brooke Kemper, who was raised in McGaheysville, Va., and is now based out of Ocala, Fla., and Keswick, Va., won the Rising Star Stakes aboard Andra Sinclair’s TikTok Z.

She was the only double clear performance, and TikTok Z also won the young horse class Monday to capture the division’s championship title.

She was thrilled with her brave, young mount’s performance and is looking forward to developing him for the future of the sport.

International competition at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show will begin Thursday with the $37,000 FEI 4* Power & Speed Stakes, followed by the $30,00 Upperville Grand Prix.

Evan Coluccio on Pritchard Hill won the Grand Hunter Championship, awarded to the horse acquiring the greatest number of points in one or more rated divisions.

Scott StewartScott StewartScott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., once again claimed the Leading Hunter Rider award after earning tricolor honors in several divisions.

Pritchard Hill acquired points in the High Performance Conformation division, winning two firsts and two seconds in the over fences classes and handy round, while also winning the under saddle class.

In Wednesday’s final professional division, Scott Stewart captured the High Performance Hunter reserve championship championship on Hudson to clinch the Leading Hunter Rider award.

Stewart was also champion or reserve in almost every other professional hunter division.

“We had a great couple days showing," said Stewart. "All my horses went great, I was champion and reserve in most of those divisions. It’s always nice to ride out there, the courses today were especially well made and beautiful – the horses really jumped. My first horse this morning got a 90 and a 94 which was great at 8 o’clock in the morning. It’s always great to come here, and the leading rider is in Charlie Weaver’s memory which is great. I grew up watching him ride so I always look up to him and that is really special to win that.”


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