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Washer still has the hot hand after another Springdale win
Local trainers enjoy strong showing in Camden
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CAMDENS DAVE WASHER and his grandson, the smartly dressed Zach Washer, are all smiles after G G Gal won Saturdays $15,000 Filly and Mare Maiden Hurdle at the Springdale Race Course. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
If the Springdale Race Course were a Las Vegas casino, Dave Washer would be the person you would want rolling the dice for you in a game of craps.For the second time in three starts at his home course, the former steeplechase rider and Camden resident saddled a winner at Springdale. The trainer, whose stable is located across the street at the adjoining Springdale schooling course, raised his winning percentage in Camden to .667, gave Camden’s Bernie Dalton the leg up aboard John K. Griggs’ G G Gal, winner of the day’s final steeplechase, the $15,000 Sport of Queens Hurdle for fillies and mares.The Griggs-bred 4-year-old filly beat Irv Naylor’s Zafeen’s Pearl to the wire by a head, with Smallwood Stable’s Ginobi (Willie McCarthy) hanging on for third. The winning time for the two-mile chase over National Fences was 3:57.40.Saturday’s win, in her first start over jumps, snapped a five-race skid (all on the flat) for G G Gal, who came to Washer’s barn on Christmas Day 2012.“She broke her maiden on the flat in Indiana (Downs) then she didn’t run any good,” Washer said with a smile as he held his grandson, Zach Washer, in his arms.