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Demonstrative glad to be back home at Springdale
DEMONSTRATIVE CARRIED ROBBIE WALSH (shown here) to victory in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup in August. The 5-year-old gelding will try and win Saturdays $100,000 Colonial Cup with Matt McCarron in the saddle. - photo by Photo courtesy of New York Racing Association
I (Camden, S.C.) sports editorIf it was only as easy as a baseball manager looking down his bench and calling on a pinch-hitter to take a shot at getting a hit in a key situation.Sure, there were options available to trainer Richard Valentine for a jockey to hop aboard Demonstrative for the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Hurdle Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 27. But, Valentine surmised, it was not worth the trouble and/or worry on this day.One race before the day’s feature, in the $50,000 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Hurdle Stakes, five of the jumpers in the starting field of a dozen fell in what was a nightmare scenario for the sport of steeplechasing, especially when it tries to make inroads at one of the world’s most famed race tracks and in the world’s center of media.The end result of the string of spills led to one of the horses having to be euthanized while several of the riders sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries. The scene was noted in the following day’s edition of the New York Post in a few sentences which the sport could have done without.Among those who hit the turf due to the fall was jockey Robbie Walsh, who was scheduled to ride Demonstrative, the morning line favorite, in the next race.