Beschizza bags first US stakes win at Fair Grounds
Adam Beschizza's successful winter stint in New Orleans yielded its first stakes win on Saturday when the jockey won the Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds.
He partnered his 19th winner of the Fair Grounds meeting when guiding Triple Chelsea, a five-year-old mare trained by Joe Sharp, to a length-and-a-quarter success in the $50,000 turf sprint prize.
Beschizza said: "I've had lots of opportunities this meet and Joe has been great to me. It’s a good way to end the day. It was a big field and I think that she finds a little extra when she’s in trouble. She’s small but there’s an engine there and she has a nice turn of foot."
David Wales memorial service
A memorial service for former Fakenham racecourse chairman David Wales, who died last month aged 83, will be held at St Peter and St Paul Church in Swaffham on Wednesday, February 14 at 2pm.
Wales, a farmer from near King’s Lynn, who retired from the Fakenham board only seven years ago and supported his local meeting up to the time of his death, rode 110 point-to-point winners, including the Royal Artillery Gold Cup twice in the 1970s. He was national champion in 1959, while his biggest wins subsequently as an owner-trainer of pointers came with Highland Trout, Apache Chief and Swift Wood.
Fakenham chief executive David Hunter said: “David was the most generous and kind man you could come across. He was always there to provide help, advice and support, and willingly gave manpower and machinery from his farming business if it was needed for a racecourse project.
“He was a horseman and a countryman through and through, just as much at home in the company of royalty as with the local travelling community, who masterfully balanced his life between his family, friends, farming, dogs, horses and racing.”
Wales leave a wife Victoria, son William and daughter Jo.
New sponsor at Hereford
Hereford has announced a new sponsorship deal with Westons Cider.
The local drinks producer will sponsor the owners’ and trainers’ bar and provide awards for the winning owners, trainers and jockeys throughout the year.
Rebecca Davies, executive director and clerk of the course said: "We are delighted one of Herefordshire's most successful companies has chosen to sponsor our bar. The involvement of Westons Cider is a very welcome boost to our second season since we reopened in October 2016."
Eddie Gaudet dies aged 87
Trainer Edmond ‘Eddie’ Gaudet, patriarch of one of Maryland’s best known racing families, has died aged 87.
Based at Bowie racetrack, he won 1,735 races and $23,495,278 in prize-money earnings from 1959 until his retirement in 2011, when he turned the stable over to his family.
Gaudet is survived by his wife, owner and trainer Linda Gaudet, and their daughters Lacey and Gabrielle.
Death of Peter Berry
Yorkshire accountant Peter Berry, whose client list was made up of local racing figures, including the Easterbys, Richard Fahey and Kevin Darley, has died, aged 83.
A memorial service will take place at 11.45am on Friday, January 12, at St. Laurence’s Church, Scalby, Scarborough.
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