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Bob Le Beau and Jack Doyle heads to the winner's circle after the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap.
The premier steeplechase race during the Saratoga meeting is the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (G1), a 2 3/8 mile test over 10 national fences for older horses. Conditions were excellent with cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70's. Defending champion and 2014 Eclipse Award winner Demonstrative was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 off his 3rd place finish in the Smithwick Memorial (G1). In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice All the Way Jose, 4th in the Marcellus Frost Hurdle at Percy Warner Park, and 6-1 Bob Le Beau, 4th in the Smithwick.
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Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 10 Bob Le Beau Doyle 14.40 7.80 5.70 7 Schoodic Young 8.30 6.70 5 Charminster Sloan 14.40 Winning Time: 4:35.09 $2 Exacta 10-7 116.00 $2 Trifecta 10-7-5 2,502.00 $2 Superfecta 10-7-5-3 26,805.00
Left: Bob Le Beau in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Jack Doyle said, "He jumped well and settled well. I couldn't believe how easy he was going. I probably didn't want to be as far back as he was, but he settled and seemed happy, so I was happy enough to stay there. We expected him to run well his last race (A.P. Smithwick Memorial) and he was third, so he improved off that, and went and did it today."
Right: Bob Le Beau heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Elizabeth Voss said, "It's great to get a win up here. It's been a tough meet for us. To get a win for (the owners) is just a wonderful feeling. We thought he might like the longer trip, and he is doing great this year. He jumped great today. My dad (Thomas) won this race in 1996, and we still have Petroski out in the meadow. It's amazing to be back here a year later. It feels good."
Left: Second place finisher Schoodic in the post parade. The 13-2 shot raced 4th early under Paddy Young then rallied to get second beaten 7 1/4 lengths. The Jack Fisher trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 15 starts earning $144,846 for owner-breeder Edith Dixon.
Right: Third place finisher Charminster in the paddock before the race. The 35-1 longest shot raced 8th under Carol ANn Sloan then rallied to get third beaten 11 lengths. The Cyril Murphy trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 6 seconds, and 5 thirds in 25 starts, earning $164,337 for owner Irvin Naylor.
Left: Divine Fortune in the paddock before the race. He led all the way under Darren Nagle until he fell at the last jump. The 2013 Eclipse Award champion steeplechaser was vanned off and later euthanized due to a fractured humerus.
Right: Favorite Demonstrative in the post parade. He ran poorly and did not finish the race under Robert Walsh, forced off the course at the last jump. The Richard Valentine trainee has a record of 14 wins, 8 seconds, and 7 thirds in 43 starts, earning $952,574 for owner Mrs. George Ohrstrom.
Previous winners of the Riskaverse Stakes
Left: Stormy Regatta in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Christophe Clement said, "When you win, you're always happy with the trip. She was very game in the stretch. I did think we had it at the wire and her nose was in front, but I wasn't sure because it was a very tough stretch drive. She's trained very well from the beginning and it's great when it works out. She's a very game filly, and Irad gave her a great trip. I am delighted for (owner) Mr. Dobson. Let's just enjoy this for a few days and then I will come up with a plan where to race her next. There are many more races coming up so it's not a problem." Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. added, "She was ready. She gave me everything she had. We turned for home and she fought with the other filly. She was ready today. The finish was very close. It was too close, so I didn't know until I got back that she won."
Right: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Partisan Politics heads out for the post parade. The 9-10 favorite raced 5th under Javier Castellano then rallied but just missed. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $128,300 for owner Klaravich Stables.
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