On the Road

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Road trip – Middleburg to Camden to Aiken to Mineral Springs to Middleburg.

Riverdee’s pair of novices, Gibralfaro and City Dreamer, kick off their seasons in the $100,000 novice stakes at Queen’s Cup. Hard to fathom having a small stable and running two of our better horses against each other, but, alas, there aren’t many options.

Competitive card at Foxfield and the big one, the Maryland Hunt Cup in Glyndon, Maryland. Senior Senator seeks to win his third 4-mile classic, fresh off another tour de force at the Grand National. The 9-year-old makes it look easy, he simply separates a race, there is him and there are the rest of them, black and white, night and day.

Rest in peace, Mark “Stix” Griffiths. The former steeplechase jockey had found his role, his niche, his spot in the Maryland horse community. A random car accident ended it. Life is fragile, we are reminded yet again.

  • • Worth Repeating from the steeplechase world.

“That’s a career.”

Trainer Todd Wyatt, after Raven’s Choice made his sixth consecutive start at the Grand National. The Maryland-bred finished 3rd in this year’s Grand National and was retired after the race.

“The only thing is going to stop him is age.”
James Slater, after watching Senior Senator do his thing at the Grand National

“I won the training flat race. It felt really good.”

Ross Geraghty, summing up his weekend

“It’s Halloween.”

Former champion jockey Xavier Aizpuru, while donning the silks to ride a point-to-point flat race

“I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel.”
Todd McKenna after his trainee, Coastal Moon, finished second to It’s Nothing, ridden by his daughter, Skylar