Horses

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

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 Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Milltown/Spotswood

Editor of East Brunswick Sentinel Charged with Child Pornography Possession

April 18, 2018

CHERRY HILL, NJ -  The Editor-in-Chief of The East Brunswick Sentinel, The North Brunswick Sentinel, and The Cranbury Press  has been charged with possession of child pornography following a legal search of his home yesterday.

Timothy Ronaldson, 35, of Cherry Hill, has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography, according to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and ...

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Concert in Somerville

April 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present a free concert on Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High St.

The concert will feature a wide range of selections from wind band literature both new and old, such as the overture to “Die Frau ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, April 20, 6:30 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Wild Kratts

Sat, April 21, 8:00 AM

White house at Aldersgate UM Church, East Brunswick

RUMMAGE SALE to Benefit the Food Bank

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Promise Garden, New Brunswick

Earth Day Fest

Arts & Entertainment

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a Huge Blow to the Middle-Class

April 6, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

Time to Get Rid of Expired, Unused, and Unwanted Prescription Drugs

April 18, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many local agencies will team-up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.