07/25/2013 5:37PM

Saratoga: Sheppard continues streak

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard has won at least one race at 45 consecutive Saratoga meets.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - It didn't take long for trainer Jonathan Sheppard to continue his remarkable streak at Saratoga.

Sheppard finished 1-2 in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Steeplechase Stakes as Martini Brother, under Darren Nagle, rallied from last to outfinish stablemate Barnstorming by a half-length.

It was the 45th consecutive year that Sheppard, a 72-year-old Hall of Famer, has won at least one race at a Saratoga meet.

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"Now the pressure's off," Sheppard said. "Regardless of that, this was our first runner of the meet, and that was not foremost in my mind. But it was pretty exciting when after they jumped the last fence my two horses were coming down the stretch together."

The only negative to running 1-2 in the race is that Sheppard owned Barnstorming. He trains Martini Brother for William Pape.

"I was just teasing with Bill Pape," Sheppard said. "I said, 'I was kind of rooting for my horse because I think I need the money more than you,' which is definitely true."
Martini Brother is an extremely well-bred 5-year-old, being by A.P. Indy out of the Grade 1-winning mare Island Sand. Unable to make it on the flats, Martini Brother is now 3 for 3 as a steeplechaser.

"He's an exciting young horse and I was very happy with my own horse, who's been kind of knocking on the door but just barely paying his own way, and that's about it," Sheppard said. "It was a big effort for him."

In a race that was completed without incident, Martini Brother covered the 2 1/16 miles in 3:50.18 and returned $7.30 as the second choice. The Sheppard exacta returned $92.

mark oleary More than 1 year ago
half sister? same dam ,different sire?
Greg More than 1 year ago
Been kind of disapointed with him on the flats, whats up ??
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
anyone that knows Jonathon as i do knows that this is well deserved from a man with the utmost class. congrats my friend
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
That for sure, had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sheppard at Keeneland a few years ago very classy gentlemen. Congratulation
Nancy Hayes More than 1 year ago
He is a great guy. None finer. I wish him all the luck in the world.
Paul More than 1 year ago
That is a great streak. Congrats to one of the good guys in the sport! I think that accomplishment deserves a Martini, Brother! : )
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
Ripken, and Sheppard.
Greg More than 1 year ago
shut up