Able Deputy Wins Ferguson Memorial SteeplechaseBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 29, 2014
In the $50,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Stakes (Gr. 3) held at Grand Meadow Race Course in Virginia, Able Deputy answered his rider’s cue coming into the home stretch, building an eleven-length lead to defeat seven rivals in the 2½ mile turf race. The English-bred Thoroughbred gelding is owned by Irv Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy. Ross Geraghty was the jockey for this hurdle race held during the International Gold Cup race meet.
After winning four steeplechase races in England earlier this year, Able Deputy was brought to the United States where he ran in the $40,000 W. Gary Baker Memorial a few weeks ago. The horse is fed E-Clipse, a feed specially formulated by Kentucky Equine Research for top-level equine athletes. E-Clipse delivers a balanced blend of highly digestible energy sources and contains natural-source vitamin E, a potent antioxidant.
To provide the nutrients needed for strong and healthy hoof tissue, Able Deputy is given Bio-Bloom PS, a nutritional supplement that contains biotin, methionine, iodine, and chelated zinc. He is also given Synovate HA, a product that helps to manage joint health proactively by preventing the loss of hyaluronic acid.