It was a successful trip to the Carolina International CIC for Ryan Keefe and Flintstar last weekend.
“She won,” said proud dad Tim. “She did great. She was the highlight of the weekend.”
The team were victorious in the Intermediate Rider category, besting 22 others.
Ryan and Flintstar were tied for 11th after dressage Friday. They shot up the leaderboard to first after cross-country and stayed there following a clean round of jumping Sunday.
“Probably his forte is cross-country. If she had to pick, I would think that’s what she enjoys the most too,” Tim said. “His dressage is good. He’s a beautiful jumper and he’s fast too. She was the second fastest in cross-country. There was only one person who made time in both intermediate divisions in cross-country and she was the second fastest in both intermediate divisions.”
As for the action at the track last weekend, Cyndara was scratched just before the fourth race last Friday. Once returned to the barn, she was thoroughly examined and thankfully found to be sound.
“That’s the second time in all the years I’ve trained that has happened,” Tim said. “You never want to send a horse out there that’s not sound. So that was kind of a bummer. The first time it happened was about 20 years ago at Delaware. The horse had stepped on his shoe in the post parade.”
The hard-trying filly will likely be back in action soon.
The barn sent out two starters in Saturday’s seventh. Bay of Sighs set a contested pace but faded through the stretch. Last at the top of the stretch, Emma’sdiamonddiva passed many rivals to get up for a third-place finish.
The barn has one runner this weekend – Flight Crew in Friday’s sixth race. A winner on Preakness Day last year, he makes his first start since being claimed last month.
“Jim Scott and a couple of his partners own him,” Tim said of the new face he co-owns with N R S Stable. “They’re all University of Maryland graduates. He’s been a longtime owner. He and I claim horses together here and there. This is our latest. It gives them a chance to have some action at the races instead of waiting and waiting for the younger horses to come along. I do enjoy getting a horse and trying to improve them.”
Tim bought See What Happens for N R S in 2012. The daughter of Ecclesiastic banked $171,268 and was retired at the end of 2016. Bred last year by Tim, she foaled a filly Feb. 24.
“She was one of my favorite horses,” Tim said. “I owned her with N R S Stable. I bought her as a 2-year-old. She was a beautiful filly, always tried hard. She was a two-other-than allowance horse, short on the grass. She was very correct, great disposition, loved to train, loved to do everything. I bred her, and she had a filly by Great Notion. I’m so happy, she looks great. She and the mare are down at Cynthia McGinneses’ (Thornmar Farm).”