Irvin S. Naylor's Ebanour, impressive winner of a race at a prime Maryland timber meet, will be the horse to beat in the $20,000 Winterthur Bowl, the featured race of the 35th annual Winterthur Point-to-Point near Wilmington on Sunday.
First post time for the four-race program on the grounds of the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is 2 p.m.
Irish-bred Ebanour drew away to a 6 1/2-length victory in the second division of the John Rush Streett Memorial maiden timber race at My Lady's Manor in Monkton, Md., on April 13.
The 6-year-old gelding is trained by Brianne Slater, who has risen to second place in the National Steeplechase Association rankings on the strength of a six-victory splurge that began with Ebanour's win. Her husband, James Slater, rode Ebanour in the Streett and will be in the saddle for the Winterthur feature.
The winner of the Streett's first division, Kinross Farm's Old Timer, also will face the starter for the 3 1/4-mile Winterthur Bowl open timber allowance. Jacob Roberts will ride the 7-year-old Orientate gelding for trainer Neil Morris.
Trainer Alicia Murphy named Mark Beecher to ride Ivy Hill Stable's On the Corner, fourth to Old Timer in the Streett division. Beecher, a rangy Irish-born jockey, is coming off a victory in the Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Professor Maxwell on April 27.
Three-time champion jockey Paddy Young was named to ride Daybreak Stables' Triple Dip, who will be looking to improve on a seventh-place finish in the $20,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 20. Trained by Jimmy Day, Triple Dip finished third in the 2012 National Sporting Museum Chronicle Cup at the Virginia Fall Races before taking fourth money in the New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Trainer Kathy Neilson entered Armata Stables' Embarrassed, who fell when impeded in the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial allowance timber race at the Grand National meet. Willie McCarthy will ride.
Reigning champion trainer Jack Fisher will saddle his Peace Fire, who will looking to make a transition to timber race after a long break from the race course. He most recently was placed third in a Saratoga Race Course optional allowance hurdle in August 2011. Sean Flanagan has the mount.
Also making a comeback from a long break is Merriefield Farm's Imperial Way, who finished third in the Grover Vandevender maiden timber race for trainer Tom Voss at the Foxfield Spring Races on April 27. Paddy Young has a double call.
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Ebanour (Ire). 2007 ch. g., Indian Ridge (Ire)—Ebadiyla, by Sadler's Wells. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Brianne Slater. Jockey: James Slater. 2013 record: 1-1-0-0, $6,000. 2012 NSA record: 4-0-1-0, $4,200. 3-1 odds. Opened 2013 with 6 1/2-length victory in second division of John Rush Streett amateur maiden race at My Lady's Manor on April 13. Made successful transition to timber late in 2012 season and finished second in a Callaway maiden race.
Page 2 of 2 - Embarrassed. 2005 b. g., Flatter—Stormy Blast, by Kayrawan. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2012 record: 7-1-0-2, $10,700. 2011 record: 10-1-1-2, $10,850. 6-1 odds. Fell when impeded in the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial at the Grand National in Butler, Md., on April 20. Finished fourth in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup in October 2012. Finished third in the 2012 Isabella duPont Sharp Memorial maiden timber race at Winterthur and then won the Marshall W. Jenney maiden timber race a week later at Willowdale Steeplechase.
Imperial Way. 2005 ch. g., Point Given—Lasha, by Rahy. Owner: Merriefield Farm. Trainer: Tom Voss. Jockey: Paddy Young. 2013 record: 1-0-0-1, $500. 2012 record: No starts. 10-1 odds. In first race since 2011, finished third in Grover Vandevender maiden timber race at Foxfield Spring Races in Charlottesville, Va., on April 27.
Old Timer. 2006 b. g., Orientate—Chatham Hall, by Green Dancer. Owner: Kinross Farm. Trainer: Neil Morris. Jockey: Jacob Roberts. 2013 record: 1-1-0-0, $6,000. 2012 record: 4-1-0-1, $13,060. 4-1 odds. Won the first division of the John Rush Streett maiden timber race at My Lady's Manor by 1 1/4 lengths on April 13. Won maiden hurdle race at 2012 Stoneybrook Steeplechase.
On the Corner. 2006 b. G., Smart Strike—Miss Otis, by One for All. Owner: Ivy Hill Stable. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. Jockey: Mark Beecher. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $500. 2012 record: 2012 record: 6-0-1-2, $5,500. 8-1 odds. Fourth to Old Timer in first John Rush Streett division. Best 2012 performance was second to Lake Placid in a Virginia Gold Cup starter allowance hurdle.
Peace Fire. 2007 b. g., Peace Rules—Miss Evans, by Nijinsky II. Owner: Kingfisher Farm. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean Flanagan. 2013: No starts. 2012 record: No starts. 15-1 odds. Would be making first start since being placed third in a Saratoga Race Course optional allowance in August 2011.
Triple Dip. 2003 b. g., Storm Broker--Triple Wrapped (Ire), by Be My Native. Owner: Daybreak Stables. Trainer: Jimmy Day. Jockey: Paddy Young. 5-1 odds. 2013 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2012 record: 4-0-0-1, $17,500. 2011 record: 2-1-0-0, $30,000. Started 2013 with a seventh-place finish in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 20. Finished third in 2012 National Sporting Museum Chronicle Cup before fourth in New Jersey Hunt Cup. Pulled major surprise by winning 2011 Mason Houghland in his first start over timber fences.