When his regular rider went down with an injury in the race before the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Hurdle Stakes at Belmont Park in September, trainer Richard Valentine was left to having to scratch Demonstrative minutes before the Grade I feature.
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire charged through the stretch and overtook pacesetter Divine Fortune to win the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) by three-quarters of a length at the 92nd Far Hills Races on Saturday.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, will battle with several veteran runners and new arrivals to American racing in the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), highlight of the star-studded Far Hills Races on Saturday.
Noble Tune, a 2-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, looks as if his next start may well be in the $1 million Juvenile Turf race at the 2012 Breeders' Cup to be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire jumped to the lead before the final fence of Belmont Park's $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes (Gr. 1) and held off a determined late charge by Spy in the Sky to win by a nose last Thursday. Charminster finished third in the kickoff race of American Steeplechasing's fall championship season.
Camden's Liza Towell Boyd rode Brunello to second place in the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which was the final event of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last month.
Michael T. Wharton's Grinding Speed established himself as the horse to catch for this year's timber championship when jockey Mark Beecher laid down a strategically slow pace in Saturday's $90,000 Virginia Gold Cup and then turned back a stiff challenge from Dakota Slew to win by a length.