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Emotional McCarthy dedicates Fair Hill win to injured Young

NSA has six-week break before summer season

Posted: June 1, 2017 3:34 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Lindsay Jennings/C-I

WILLIE MCCARTHY SCORED his sixth win of the 2017 NSA season by guiding For Goodness Sake to the winners’ circle in the $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial in Fair Hill, Md., on Saturday.

Amy Taylor Rowe’s For Goodness Sake overtook front-running Sarah Joyce at the last fence and pulled away to a 2 3/4-length victory over lightly regarded Swoop in the Fair Hill Races’ $50,000 Iris Ann Coggins Memorial for fillies and mares on Saturday.

Irv Naylor’s One Lucky Lady, who had tracked the pace of The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce to the final fence, finished third, two lengths behind Mimi Voss’ Swoop and 1 3/4-lengths ahead of Sarah Joyce. Outlaw Cody Z finished fifth.

Former Camden resident Willie McCarthy rode Irish-bred For Goodness Sake, who was trained in the name of hospitalized champion jockey Paddy Young, who was seriously injured in a fall two weeks earlier at the Radnor Hunt Race in Pennsylvania. The five-year-old Yeats mare had finished fifth in the $50,000 Margaret Currey Henley, won by Sarah Joyce, at the Iroquois Steeplechase two weeks earlier.

Making only her second U.S. start, For Goodness Sake ran the Coggins Memorial’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:47 on turf rated as soft.

In the emotional winners’ circle, McCarthy pulled out his cell phone, called Young in his hospital room to allow the five-time champion rider to listen in on the ceremony. McCarthy said the victory was the most emotional win of his career and dedicated it to his good friend and fellow Ireland native.

In Fair Hill’s co-feature, the $40,000 Valentine Memorial Handicap, Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose danced away to a 15 1/4-length victory over 2015 Carolina Cup winner Balance the Budget, who had Camden’s Mark Watts in the irons. Diplomat, the 2014 Carolina Cup winner who is trained by Camden’s Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband Bernie, finished fourth. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Keri Brion, 

All the Way Jose scored his first victory since the 2014 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills, N.J., a win that gave the Sheppard homebred the year’s novice championship.

All the Way Jose ran the Valentine Memorial’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:25.


By the numbers: The Fair Hill Spring Races brought the curtain down on the NSA’s spring season which ended with five-time defending champion trainer Jack Fisher leading all trainers in wins (14) and earnings ($633,300). Hall of Fame conditioner Jonathan Sheppard is second in both categories in having saddled eight winners over fences while his jumpers have accrued $199,050 in winnings from 47 starts.

Defending champion Kieran Norris leads all riders with eight wins. Camden’s Darren Nagle, Sean McDermott, Jack Doyle and Ross Geraghty each have seven victories while McCarthy, the 2014 champion, checks with with six winning rides.

McDermott’s mounts have earned a circuit-best $392,100. Doyle trails McDermott in money won with his mounts having collected $224,350 thus far in 2016.

With its wins in the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois and $50,000 Temple Gwathmey, the Fisher-trained Scorpiancer leads all jumpers with $150,000 in earnings. Surprising Soul, trained by Ricky Hendriks, is second in having collected $96,000 from three wins in as many starts over jumps this spring.


Heading into summer: The NSA will have the month of June off before returning to racing on July 9 and 11 at Parx Racing. The jumpers then kick off their six-week summer stay in Saratoga beginning with a race on July 26.



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