Two women riders pull upsets at Fair Hill

May 31, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Two women jockeys, Sanna Neilson of Unionville, Pa., and Victoria Schlesinger, who lives in Butler, posted upsets yesterday in the hurdle and timber features at the Fair Hill Races near Elkton.

Neilson guided Augustin Stable's Dalton River to a four-length victory over heavily favored Leandro in the $25,000 Miles Valentine Novice Stakes.

Leandro, ridden by Cort Marzullo, led for nearly the entire 2 1/4 miles until he approached the last of 15 hurdles. There Neilson, on Dalton River, jumped the fence head and head with Marzullo and then kicked in on the outside for an easy victory.

Leandro held on for second over the Billy Boniface-trained Do What.

Both Dalton River and Leandro are Chilean imports. It was Leandro's first defeat of the 1994 season. Dalton River paid $14 for a $2 win bet.

In the three-mile timber race, the James Stump Memorial, Schlesinger on the Irish-bred gelding, Pargale, came from off the pace to defeat favored North Approach by about 12 lengths.

It was the second straight timber victory for Schlesinger who won the Willowdale Gold Cup two weeks ago on Buck Jakes. Both Pargale and Buck Jakes are trained by Charles Fenwick Jr. Pargale, who paid $15.40, is owned by Virginia racing commissioner, Arthur Arundel Jr.

Gregg Morris, executive director of the Fair Hill meet, said yesterday's crowd of 13,105 was the largest in three years.

He said there were no serious injuries although five riders fell in the eighth race and one horse, Whodyabelieve, collapsed on the course, but is expected to be OK.

Fair Hill's race program this fall will be conducted Oct. 30, the first time a Fair Hill meet has been held on a Sunday.

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