January 2015 Issue - page 10

Page 10
January 2015
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by Terry Conway
For Divine Fortune, it's been
a long and winding road.
The 11-year chestnut gelding
brought down the curtain on the
2014 steeplechase season with a
scintillating performance in the
$100,000 Grade-1 Colonial Cup
on November 15. Flashing the
brilliance that carried him to the
2013 Eclipse Champion award,
the Pennsylvania-bred broke
sharply and set the pace all the
way around the 2 3/4-mile Spring-
dale Race Course. Jumping fluidly
and boldly, Divine Fortune drew
away to win by a dominating nine-
length victory run on a chilly but
sunny afternoon in Camden, S.C.
“He likes to get to the front
and have everybody follow him,"
said jockey Darren Nagle. "He
wants to be the boss horse.”
A son of Royal Anthem,
Divine Fortune was bred by
Now 11, Steeplechaser Divine
Fortune Is Still Going Strong
Chester County's William Pape
and Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan
Sheppard. Run on a sprawling
course, the Colonial Cup features
17 fences – each jumped once.
The lengthy backstretch picks off
six fences in a line. It played to
Divine Fortune’s strengths.
“I just rode him, to best
suit him and didn’t worry about
everybody else,” said Nagle. “I
said I would go from the start, go
quick over the first couple, let him
ease up the straight and catch his
breath. There are plenty of fences
down the backside and jumping is
the name of the game for him. I let
him roll down there and gunned
him at everything. If there’s some-
thing good enough to go with him
over a line of six at that speed,
then fair play to them.”
When he came to the two-
fence, quarter mile stretch Divine
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Anne and Bill Pape (above) of Chester County, PA, bred Divine
Fortune along with Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The
11-year-old gelding, a 2013 Eclipse winner, won the $100,000 Colo-
nial Cup on November 15.
Photo credit: Tod Marks
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