Jonathan Thomas, riding for Maryland trainer Jack Fisher at the Fairfax Races yesterday in Leesburg, rode in his first-ever hurdle race and finished fourth on Joe At Six. But the best part of the day came in the $9,000 HBL Guest Cup on Ann Stern's Haveplanwilltravel.
The pair settled in the eight-horse field, narrowly missing the melee on the first circuit when Doubledarn and Sean Clancy fell in a heap at a hurdle. All jockeys were waved off the final fence, while medical personnel attended to Clancy.
Thomas didn't need the stretch run; he and Haveplanwilltravel sailed across the wire with Kinross Farm's Antique (Matthew McCarron) on their heels in 3 minutes 45 3/5 seconds. Clancy was taken to Fairfax Hospital for X-rays with arm and shoulder injuries.
It was no surprise to see Kinross Farm's Company Eight (Neil Morris) win the $10,000 Bank of America open timber. However, Morris did wait until the last fence to put the 7-year-old timber champion in the lead.
"I just waited," Morris said. "I knew Bit Of Scotch was going to go fast."
Bit Of Scotch and Jody Petty were third in the open timber while Kinross Farm's other entry, Sunny Boca (McCarron), came in second to his stablemate.
Jockey Richard Boucher made up a huge distance to win the $6,000 Phillip Morris chase hurdle on Keeps Goin N Goin for trainer Kathy Neilson and Move Up Stable. Boucher won by 2 1/2 over McCarron and One Fifth Avenue.