Caravel

Caravel, outside, with Danielle Hodsdon up, breezing over the Tapeta prior to her stakes win.

From a statement from Fair Hill Training Center’s Manager Sally Goswell:

The wins by Fair Hill Training Center based horses from Monday 10/19 thru Sunday 10/25 were as follows:

Thursday: Liz Merryman trained “Caravel” in the Malvern Rose Stakes and Arnaud Delacour trained “J Beresford Tipton” both at Presque Isle, Bernard Dunham trained “Prime Lime” and Michael Simone trained “Frontier Woman” both at Charles Town

Saturday: Kelly Rubley trained “Pretty Good Year” in the Maryland Million Turf Stakes (Video) at Laurel, Mike Trombetta trained “State Crown” at Woodbine

Sunday: Shug McGaughey trained “On the Town” and Tom Proctor trained “Fly the W” both at Laurel

Fair Hill had 75 starters last week. There were 8 wins, 8 places, 8 shows and earnings of $443,145; 32% of the starters finished first, second or third.

In FHTC stakes action last week, Caravel (pictured above), trained, owned and bred by FHTC barn owner Liz Merryman, drew off to win the $80,000 Malvern Rose Stake at Presque Isle Downs on Wednesday; Caravel started her racing career on June 22nd and has now won four of five starts with two being in stakes company. On Saturday at Laurel, Kelly Rubley trained Pretty Good Year came from last to draw clear and win the $101,960 Maryland Million Turf Stake for Lead Off Stable; it was his first stakes win having finished a rallying third in this race last year. In the previous race, Tim Woolley trained Quiet Imagination finished second in the $101,000 Maryland Million Distaff Handicap for owner Harry Kassap, LLC; in the first race, Bernard Dunham trained Brushing finished second in the $50,500 Turf Distaff Starter Handicap for Dunham Thoroughbreds. Mike Trombetta trained Miss Nondescript, who is based at Laurel, won the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie Stake for owner/breeder Barak Farm. On Friday, trainer Mike Trombetta and owner/breeder Live Oak Plantation finished second in the $100,000 Sweet Briar Too Stake with Woodbine based Souper Escape. On Monday, Juanita Bennett trained Tightly Twisted finished a game third in the $75,000 H. B. P. A. Stake at Presque Isle Downs for Fiasco Farms Ltd. Congratulations to all!

Last week was an exceptionally foggy one most days during training hours but fortunately by Saturday morning the system had lifted temporarily (it’s back now) and we were able to see when the first FHTC horses breezed over the new turf course on the other side of the road. Local writer Joe Clancy was on hand to watch the four Graham Motion trainees, three (Mean Mary, Alda and Invincible Gal) are pointing towards this year’s Breeders Cup turf races on November 6th & 7th and last year’s winner of the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Sharing. You can read about it as well as watch the video here. Very exciting to finally put the new course to its first test; we’re all looking forward to next year and the first races.

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