Trainer Jonathan Sheppard was blanked yesterday at Pimlico Race Course with two starters and in the Grade I Flower Bowl Handicap with Ratings and Saratoga Source at Belmont Park.
But the Pennsylvania-based horseman starred at the Fair Hill Race Course near Elkton.
He won three of the six races, including the $10,000 hurdle feature with Cortright Wetherill Jr.'s Eskimo Cove. Sheppard also sent out Jesse M. Henley's Highland Bud for an impressive score at 10 furlongs on the flat.
The 8-year-old gelding, who had not raced since winning the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase last fall, dominated the field in the sixth race and now appears set for another Breeders' Cup try. The rich event is carded for Oct. 16 at Belmont Park.
Sheppard's other winner came in the first race with the French-bred gelding, Nuage D'irlande, which is also owned by Wetherill.
Blythe Miller, tied for second in the National Steeplechase Association jockey standings with Jeff Teter, rode all three of Sheppard's winners.
NSA leading rider, Chuck Lawrence, won one race, scoring with Skip To the Top in the third.