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Divine Fortune wires field in Stoneybrook feature
TRAINER JONATHAN SHEPPARD SADDLED Divine Fortune, winner of Saturday's $25,000 Sandhills Cup.
Divine Fortune, trained in Camden by Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard, jumped onto the lead immediately in Saturday’s $25,000 Sandhills Cup and pulled away in the final furlong to a 2 3/4-length victory over Slip Away in the featured open allowance hurdle at the 62nd Stoneybrook Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C.Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Slip Away, the 2010 Eclipse Award-winning steeplechase horse, held off Irv Naylor’s Decoy Daddy, who finished third. Inti, the only other starter in a very strong field, took fourth money. Divine Fortune completed the Sandhills Cup’s 2 3/8 miles in 4:44.80 on firm turf.In most of their races, Slip Away sets the pace and Divine Fortune usually sits just behind the speed, but Bill Pape’s 10-year-old gelding went right to the front under Darren Nagle in the Sandhills Cup.