Less than an hour after he was bounced off favored Champerty at the first jump of the Oakley Plate, Randy Waterman returned to score an upset victory aboard Pidou II in the 39th running of the Rokeby Bowl.
And he did it with a broken rib.
"It doesn't hurt much," Waterman said after weighing out, "but what about my horse -- not even a thoroughbred. He ran some race today."
It was the first start in the United States for the 7-year-old gelding and he managed to beat a strong field, which included Juggernaut II, runner-up to Dosdi as a top timber horse in the country last year.
"He hit a couple of fences and I thought it would take a lot out of him but it didn't seem to bother him," said Waterman. "He used to run those distance steeplechases which France has. You take a turn of the course and then go out over the countryside jumping ditches and fences. I guess that training paid off today."
At the finish of the 3 1/2 miles and 21 timber fences, Pidou II managed to beat off a strong challenge by young Rush Fisher on Juggernaut II, and go between the flags a length to the Waterman horse, Conserje, was third, another four lengths behind.