By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Edwards has a winning return to the saddle
Placeholder Image
Things opened up much differently for Jonathan Sheppard than they finished in Saturday’s 71st running of the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.The Hall of Fame trainer saddled winners in three of the seven races on the card including Arcadius in the day’s ill-fated feature.The first of the trio was won by 4-year-old gelding, Bluegrass Summer, in the $15,000 Guilford Dudley Jr. Memorial amateur open flat race run at a mile and a half. The winning rider was former professional jockey-turned-amateur and Camden resident, Toby Edwards, who was making his first start in the saddle in 10 years.An assistant for Sheppard at Ashwell Stables, Edwards said he joked with the trainer about getting a ride in the amateur race. When entries were being taken last week, Sheppard casually mentioned to Edwards that he would be on the grandson of El Prado.