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Demonstrative puts himself in Eclipse picture
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DEMONSTRATIVE FLIES THE LAST fence in Mondays $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup with Robbie Walsh aboard for the winning ride. - photo by Photo by Chelsea Durand/NYRA
Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, narrowly second in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), jumped into the thick of the 2014 championship battle with a highly professional half-length victory in Saratoga Race Course’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Monday.Rescheduled from last Thursday because of inclement weather conditions, the New York Turf Writers was run in memory of Tom Voss, a leading steeplechase horseman who died in January.Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Robbie Walsh, Demonstrative collected his second win in the New York Turf Writers, after claiming Saratoga’s richest steeplechase race in 2012, and climbed to the top of this year’s earnings table with $112,500.Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s entry of Barnstorming, with part-time Camdenite Willie McCarthy up,and 2013 New York Turf Writers winner Italian Wedding, which had Camden’s Bernie Dalton in the irons, finished second and third, respectively. Sent off as the 2.30-to-1 favorite in a field of nine, Demonstrative ran the New York Turf Writers’ 2 3/8 miles in 4:34.78 on firm turf.As expected, Pleasant Woodman went to the front at the start, and he was followed by the Irv Naylor entry of For Non Stop and Charminster.

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