Thursday, September 18, 2014

Demonstrative demonstrates Grade 1 ability once again in Lonesome Glory

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Demonstrative demonstrates Grade 1 ability once again in Lonesome Glory


By Jon Forbes


ELMONT, N.Y. - Demonstrative earned his fifth Grade 1 victory by taking the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap Hurdle for 4-year-olds and up on Thursday at Belmont Park.


A 7-year-old gelding, Demonstrative raced in third, behind Divine Fortune and Barnstorming, before moving into second while racing on the backstretch for the second and final time in the 2 ½-mile race. He passed Divine Fortune entering the far turn before being overtaken by Spy in the Sky, who led coming into the stretch.


At the penultimate fence, Demonstrative shot past Spy in the Sky and continued strongly to the wire to prevail by one length over Parker's Project, who made a late rally to finish second. Spy in the Sky finished 2 ½ lengths behind the winner in third.


"He's a big, strong horse, who can carry a lot of weight," said winning jockey Robert Walsh. "He was up close today, which, as it turned out, is where you wanted to be. I was confident he would win turning for home."


All Together, Barnstorming, Bluegrass Summer, and For Non Stop completed the order of finish. Divine Fortune fell at the final jump.


The final time was 5:01.70, with Demonstrative returning $5.40 for a $2 win wager as the 8-5 second choice. The three-horse coupled entry of Bluegrass Summer, Divine Fortune, and Barnstorming was the even-money favorite.


Demonstrative entered the Lonesome Glory off a half-length victory on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course in the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup, a race he also won in 2012. In addition, he has posted Grade 1 triumphs in the 2012 Colonial Cup Hurdle and 2013 Calvin Houghland Iroquois.


In 26 jump starts, Demonstrative has a record of 9-5-3 for earnings of $659,800. His Lonesome Glory victory was worth $90,000.


Demonstrative began his 2014 campaign in disappointing fashion, finishing sixth in his attempt to win the Calvin Houghland for a second straight year. He rebounded from that effort by finishing second, beaten a nose, in the Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick at Saratoga in July prior to his victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup.


"I didn't have him fit for the Iroquois, and that was my fault," said Richard Valentine, who trains Demonstrative for Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. "He's a good horse, a class horse. He just does everything. Now he's staying a little bit closer in his races. His running style needed to change a little bit."


Valentine said correcting a breathing problem has helped Demonstrative hit peak form at the age of 7.


"We discovered he had been entrapping his epiglottis," said Valentine. "We did the tie-back operation at Cornell. Everybody who has scoped the horse has been really impressed with the job they did."



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