Horse Racing

Steeplechasing: Barnacle Bill Sails To Victory In Georgia Cup

2018 Georgia Steeplechase Credits: Liberty Schultz

 

KINGSTON, Ga.— Barnacle Bill, racing in the colors of George Merck's The Fields Stable, left the field behind at the last fence and ran off to a 15-3/4-length win in the $30,000 Georgia Cup, the feature race at Saturday's debut of the newly organized Georgia Steeplechase at Kingston Downs on April 7.

With Jack Doyle, the National Steeplechase Association's leading rider in the three-week old 2018 season in the saddle, Barnacle Bill won his second straight for the Monkton, Md.-based trainer Elizabeth Voss. The Irish-bred six-year-old gelding scored a flagfall-to-finish win in a maiden race on the International Gold Cup card at The Plains, Va. last fall.

Barnacle Bill, who was bred by the Irish National Stud, defeated four rivals in the Georgia Cup, a ratings handicap for horses at 120 or lower on the NSA list. Doyle and Barnacle Bill covered the two miles of a firm steeplechase course in 3:45 and 3/5 to send the winner's check for $18,000 home with Merck.

Sign Up for E-News

Rosbrian Farm's Irish-bred Officer Sydney and Ross Geraghty took second. KMSN Stable's Able Archer was third.

Trainer Ricky Hendriks scored a training double when he sent out Debra Kachel's Gotta Get Away to win the opener on the four-race card, a 2-mile maiden claimer that drew six entries. Michael Mitchell was aboard the winner for Gotta Get Away's half-length win over Rosbrian's Cheers to Us, who is also a Hendriks trainee.

The Coatesville, Pa.-based trainer took the second half of his double with Go Get the Basil in a $30,000 Sport of Kings Maiden. Racing in the colors of Eve Ledyard of Unionville, Pa., Go Get the Basil and Geraghty were 2-3/4-lengths ahead of Riverdee Stable's Motivational in a race of two miles in 3:47:4/5.

‘Chasing Stats 2018 as of April 7

With the debut of the newly inaugurated Georgia Steeplechase at Kingston Downs in the books, here are the win-place-show standings for the equine and human awards the National Steeplechase Association will present at the close of the 2018 season in late November.

Owners, Purse Money Won:

  • Stonelea Stables, $90,000
  • Rosbrian Farm, $59,100
  • Magalen O.l Bryant, $45,600

Trainers, Races Won:

  • Jonathan Sheppard, 4
  • Ricky Hendriks, 3
  • Julie Gomena, 1
  • Richard Valentine, 1
  • Fenneka Bentley, 1
  • Katherine Neilson, 1
  • Doug Fout, 1

Trainers, Purse Money Won:

  • Julie Gomena, $94,600
  • Ricky Hendriks, $91,400
  • Jonathan Sheppard, $88,150

Riders, Races Won:

  • Jack Doyle, 3
  • Ross Gerghty, 2
  • Gerard Gallaghan, 2
  • Kieran Norris, 2

Riders, Purse Money Won:

  • Mark Watts, $91,800
  • Ross Geraghty, $84,350
  • Jack Doyle, $67,600

Horses, Purse Money Won:

  • Balance the Budget, $90,000
  • Personal Start, $45,000
  • Zanjabeel, $27,000

’Chasing Schedule

April 14. 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, Columbus, N.C. $150,000, $40,000 Block House (Hurdle Handicap).

April 14. My Lady's Manor, $75,000. $30,000 My Lady's Manor Timber Stakes.

April 21. 116th annual Grand National Steeplechase, Butler, Md. $65,000, $30,000 Grand National Amateur Timber Stakes.

April 21. 98th annual Middleburg Spring Races, Middleburg, Va., $200,000. $75,000, Grade 2 Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Stakes.

April 28. 41st annual Foxfield Spring Races, Charlottesville, Va. $115,000. $30,000 Daniel van Clief Memorial (Allowance).

April 28. 122nd Maryland Hunt Cup, Glyndon, Md. $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup Amateur Timber Stakes.

April 28. 23rd annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase, $150,000. $75,000 Queen's Cup (Novice).

May 5. 93rd running Virginia Gold Cup, The Plains, Va. $425,000. $40,000 Steeplethon Timber Stakes, $75,000, Grade 2 David Semmes Memorial Hurdle Stake, $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup Timber Stakes.

May 6. 40th annual Winterthur Races, Winterthur Del., $70,000. $40,000 Winterthur Bowl Timber Stakes.

May 12. 77th annual Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville, Tenn. $525,000 plus $10,000 amateur bonus. $100,000 Marcellus Frost (Novice), $50,000 Margaret Curry Henley (Filly and Mare), $50,000 Mason Houghland (Timber), $200,000, Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois.

May 13. 26th annual Willowdale Steeplechase, Kennett Square, Pa. $100,000. $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase Amateur Timber Stakes.

May 19. 88th annual Radnor Hunt Races, Malvern, Pa. $190,000. $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup (Timber), $50,000, Grade 3 National Hunt Cup.

May 26. 49th annual Fair Hill Spring Races, Fair Hill, Md. $180,000. $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial (Fillies and Mares).

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Your Local News:

Sign Up for E-News

Equine Events: April Onward

April 7 — Dressage Schooling Show, judge, Danielle Toscano, Saddlebrook Ridge, Shamong, N.J., www.saddlebrookridge.com

April 7 — Burlington County Horse 4-H, Advisory Council Open Horse Show, Springfield Twp., N.J., www.bchorseadvisory.com/

April 7 — April Fools No Frills, Fulton, N.Y., ctdunnagan@aol.com, 315-598-3774, ...

Tip Your Hat To Spring! To benefit Team Velvet

April 19, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Come meet the therapy horses at Team Velvet, a 501-(c)-3 organization that provides pediatric non-mounted horse therapy for children with adjustment and trauma. “Tip Your Hat To Spring” on Sunday, May 6 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. will benefit the program.

A fun afternoon is planned with activities for children such as making a hat for Mother's Day, ...

Kentucky Derby Party Benefits CANTER PA

Put on your most stylish hat and join CANTER PA for their first-ever Kentucky Derby Party! The event includes dinner with one drink plus cash bar, a silent auction, games and contests, and live Kentucky Derby action. Held at the rustic Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pa., you'll have a lovely time relaxing with other horse enthusiasts.

A silent auction will be held with fantastic items up ...

Raffle For Trip To Sweden Benefits SRF, Drawing is April 27

MILLSTONE TWP., N.J. — The celebrated Elitloppet at the Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden is one of harness racing's largest events for those who love the sport of racing. This fabulous trip is a fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF); raffle tickets are available now by calling the office at 732-446-4422.

The Elitloppet is not just one of the greatest ...

Dressage at Devon Announces Scheduling Changes to Breed Show

World's Largest Open Breed Show Changes Will Result in a Better Schedule and Improved Showcase

DEVON, Pa. – Where else can you see warmbloods of every type as well as rare and endangered breeds – all in one place? In past years, breeds from Hanoverians and Andalusians to Cleveland Bays, Fiords, Gypsy Vanners, Drum Horses, Knabstruppers, Georgian Grands, and Dales Ponies have ...

Hampton Classic Seeks Intern

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — The Hampton Classic Horse Show is looking for a highly motivated intern to assist in the following areas of horse show and event management for the 2018 horse show.

Duties include:

• Assist in sponsorship fulfillment, including tracking amenities and hospitality benefits.

• Assist with VIP hospitality activities and providing services to our ...