Steeplechase returns with 3 races at Laurel Event to feature top riders, trainers Laurel notebook

June 12, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The steeplechase show at Laurel Race Course today will feature some of the sport's best riders, trainers and horses.

Riders Jeff Teter and Blythe Miller will compete, as well as trainers Jonathan Sheppard, Janet Elliot and Charles Fenwick Jr.

And recently retired jockey Charles Fenwick III will return to Laurel to ride in the three steeplechase races that will be part of a 13-race program. Post time is 1 p.m.

The younger Fenwick, 19, announced in early April that he would stop riding in May and return to Gilman School this fall. He said he would ride in steeplechase races only "as a hobby."

Fenwick was one of Maryland's leading jockeys in 1991 and 1992, riding 300 winners and having mounts that earned $3.5 million.

In 1991, the Glyndon resident was the state's second-leading apprentice to Tim Peterson and finished ninth in the jockey standings. He was seventh in 1992.

Today's three races will be the first jump racing of the National Steeplechase Association's summer season. The event has attracted such name horses as E. A. Bishop, Peace Peace Peace, Sea Fighter and Best Offer.

Teter has won three national riding titles (1984, 1990, 1991) and is this year's leader with 12 wins.

Miller is the daughter of renowned trainer F. Bruce Miller and is second to Teter in the National Steeplechase riding standings.

Sheppard (14 wins) is the leading trainer, with Elliot second (12 wins) and the elder Fenwick third (nine wins).

Two more steeplechase races are set for June 20 at Laurel, with more than $100,000 in purses distributed for the five races.

Last year, Laurel resumed steeplechasing after a 31-year absence.

Housebuster Handicap

The featured 12th race today will be the $50,000 Housebuster Handicap that has attracted Speakerphone, Hooliganism and Who Wouldn't.

Speakerphone, who has won more than $230,000 in 13 career starts, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite.

After an 11-month layoff, Speakerphone returned with a seventh-place finish in the Maryland Budweiser Breeders' Cup on Preakness Day. Senor Speedy won the race.

Chip's Dancer making strides

Chip's Dancer, unbeaten in five starts this year, continues to improve after an April operation to repair a fractured right foreleg and is expected to resume racing in the fall.

The chestnut gelding was one of Maryland's top 3-year-olds and a potential starter in the Kentucky Derby before the April 12 injury.

Trainer Jerald Ferris said Chip's Dancer might make his return on Maryland Million Day, Oct. 9.

Pick 6 nears $1 million

Laurel will continue to offer full-card, commingled simulcast wagering on Churchill Downs, where the Pick 6 carryover is expected to reach more than $1 million today.

After yesterday's program, the Pick 6 at Churchill Downs stood at $750,068. The Pick 6 requires patrons to select six consecutive winners in designated races.

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