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Italian Wedding dances home a winner in Turf Writers Cup
Italian Wedding
ITALIAN WEDDING CARRIED CAMDENS Bernie Dalton to the lead and, eventually, the win in last Thursdays $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup in Saratoga. All Together and jockey Xavier Aizpuru (right) would hang on for second place. - photo by Photo by Catherine French
Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Italian Wedding swept to the lead entering Saratoga Race Course’s homestretch under Camden’s Bernie Dalton, jumped the final fence boldly, and held off a determined challenge from All Together to win the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) by a length on Thursday, Aug. 22.Sheila Williams’ and Andre Brewster’s All Together held off Bill Pape’s Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes winner Martini Brother for the place spot, while Gil Johnston’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) victor Mr. Hot Stuff saved fourth position after leading through the final turn.Italian Wedding and Martini Brother were part of a three-horse entry with Sheppard’s and Pape’s Divine Fortune, who failed to kick in late and finished seventh.