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Sheppard has big guns blazing in Smithwick
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JONATHAN SHEPPARD-TRAINED BARNSTORMING will be back in Saratoga to defend his title in Thursdays $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Chase. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard already has extended his streak of winning at least one Saratoga Race Course race every season beginning in 1969, and on Thursday he will seek to maintain his dominance of the historic track’s steeplechase races in the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1).Last year, Sheppard won four of Saratoga’s nine steeplechase races, and he will have three contenders for the 2 1/16-mile Smithwick on the inner turf course. Post time for Thursday’s opener at the Spa is 12:25 p.m.Heading his contingent is Bill Pape’s Divine Fortune, the reigning Eclipse Award-winning steeplechase horse who won the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr.

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