Champerty, rough over a few early fences ran "like a machine" to win the 23rd edition of the Bowman Bowl in a gallop over Ivoreek, the only other finisher in the original field of five in the three-mile timber feature of the Fairfax Steeplechase races at Belmont today.
Anvil, the D.M. Smithwick-trained 6-year-old finished third, but had been forced off course earlier in the race by a loose horse and was disqualified.
Traveling Son, second choice among the crowd of close to 6,000, had trouble with a pylon on the turn into the 12th jump and fell. The 10-year-old had finished second to Mod Man here last year.
Patti Cassel pulled Mr. McGar up after completing one turn of the course.
"He's never brilliant. . . never bad. . . you can always count on him." said Randy Waterman, owner and rider of the winner, a 10-year-old son of Night Season who was winning his fourth timber race of the year.
The Bill Walsh-trained Ivoreek, a newcomer to timber racing, made it close through the first 12 fences running neck and neck with Champerty at the seventh and eighth jumps. But suddenly Paul Fout, Ivoreek's rider who earlier had won on Hillish in the first American Bank Bowl, saw the distance begin to increase after the 12th. At the 14th it was 10 lengths, at the 15th it was 20.