Askim overcomes slow start to take My Lady's Manor

Voss' streak ends at four as `Sullivan' finishes third

Horse Racing

April 11, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Trainer Tom Voss' winning streak at My Lady's Manor ended at four yesterday.

Sam Sullivan, the defending champion trained by Voss, provided his customary honest effort, but it was New Zealand-bred Askim who survived a three-sided battle down the stretch to win the 94th running under sunny skies in Monkton.

Formerly a rider at the state's flat tracks, Charlie Fenwick III out-dueled two female rivals down the lane to prevail over Joe At Six with Sam Sullivan finishing an additional stride back in third.

"Those girls [Michele Hunter on Joe At Six and Blair Waterman on Sam Sullivan] gave me all I could handle," Fenwick said. "I think they were coming back on me at the end. All three gave everything they had."

It was a big victory for Askim's owner, Irv Naylor, who has been confined to a motorized chair after being paralyzed in a nasty spill during the Grand National five years ago.

"Ann Stewart [the trainer] deserves all the credit for getting him ready and Charlie for the ride," Naylor said.

Askim got off to a tardy start while Sam Sullivan pressed early leader Matchless for nearly two miles.

"My plan was to be near the front," Fenwick said. "But these New Zealand horses don't like to be told what to do. I lost the start and thought that was the race. We had to move up little bit by little bit."

That's exactly what Askim did from near the back of the pack, gaining the front with about three of 16 fences remaining and holding on grudgingly.

No stranger to a Manor course that had been softened by recent rain, Askim won the $10,000 John Rush Streett Memorial, over the same layout last year. The 8-year-old had benefited from a preparatory run in the Green Spring point-to-point competition, an advantage Sam Sullivan, now 11, didn't have.

Voss was concerned about the lack of activity and was proved prophetic.

"I knew Sam was the horse to beat," Fenwick said. "I'm just glad he didn't have a race under him. And, Joe At Six came from farther out of it than we were. He ran a great race."

"Ann found him in New Zealand," Naylor said of Askim. "I bought him on her recommendation."

In the Streett, A.K.A. Market was on the front end by himself for the majority of the race, but weakened when challenged by Sham Aciss, a newcomer to timber racing, who went on to an easy victory in 6 minutes, 18 seconds - three seconds slower than Askim's time.

Steeplechase

Results

First

Purse $25,000, The My Lady's Manor, 5YO&up, abt. 3 mi., over timber

Horse Jockey

Askim C. Fenwick III

Joe At Six M. Hunter

Sam Sullivan B. Waterman

Time: 6:15

Second

Purse $10,000, The John Rush Streett Memorial, 5YO&up, mdns, over timber, abt 3 mi.

Horse Jockey

Sham Aciss P. Young

A.K.A. Market C. Read

Right About Now D. Dryden IV

Time: 6:18. Scratched: Silver Spoon, Justcallmecasey.

Third

Purse $7,500, The John D. Schapiro Memorial, 5YOup, amateur riders, abt 3 mi. over timber.

Horse Jockey

Costly Fun S. Fisher

Brankman S. Strawbridge

Glitter N Glimmer D. Gillam

Time: 6:30.Scratched: Joe At Six, Hot It Up, Right About Now.

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