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Demonstrative tries to leap into Eclipse Award picture
Two-time grades stakes winner in '12 headlines 12 Colonial cup nominees
Spy in the Sky
SPY IN THE SKY and rider Danielle Hodsdon overcame this unorthodox landing to finish third in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga in August. - photo by Photo courtesy of New York Racing Association
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.That scene helped open the door for longshot Pierrot Lunaire to score the upset victory, the first for the 8-year-old jumper in more than three years. Riding that surge of momentum, Pierrot Lunaire made it two in a row, less than a month later, by winning America’s richest steeplechase the $250,000 Grand National in Far Hills, N.J.On that late October afternoon, Demonstrative took his shot against Pierrot Lunaire with a healthy Matt McCarron back in the saddle. The pair had to settle for fourth in the field of nine starters.Unfortunately, for the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup and steeplechase fans, there will not be a showdown at Springdale come Saturday, Nov. 17 when the $100,000 Camden fall classic is run for the 43rd time.