Hurdle Rider Accepts His Final Mount Today: Stephens, 32, Will Concentrate On Successful Training Chores, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-10


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Hurdle Rider Accepts His Final Mount Today TodayStephens Stephens 32 Will Concentrate On Successful Training Chores ChoresMALVERN MALVERN Pa May 9 With a decade of successful steeplechase riding behind him Grover Stephens will ride his final timber race at Radnor the same course where he rode his first winner in 1948 Formerly a resident of Ligonier Pa and currently Warrenton Va where he has a thoroughbred training establishment the 32yearold jumping jockey and trainer will ride Miss Mimi Mills Royal Romance on Saturday afternoon Following the race he will officially retire as a jockey jockeyThe The timbertopper from Middleburg Va is one pf 11 named for the Thomas Stokes Memorial Challenge Cup secondary timber attraction on the sixrace program spon ¬ sored by the Radnor Hunt Club Operated for the benefit of the Chester County Hospital the oneday session will be held on the clubs property at adjacent White Horse starting at 230 p m EDT EDTNow Now a successful trainer Stephens rode his first winner over obstacles when he booted home Mrs L H Kellys Invulner ¬ able to win a timber race at the Radnor Hunt Clubs fall meeting in 1948 Since then he has won every important timber fixture in the United States excepting the Maryland Hunt Cup In the most recent edition of that gruelling test in Maryland he was aboard Mrs Henry Obres Coupde Vite who fell over the sixteenth fence fenceMost Most noted of the timber horses trained and ridden by Stephens is Gillian winner of the United Hunts Racing Associations 1000 timber division prize in 1956 Now devoting his time to training the soonto be exjockey saddled Capt J L B Bent leys Russ to win over hurdles at the re ¬ cent Middleburg Hunt meeting A home ¬ bred the hurdle winner is a half brother to Gillian and the stakeswinning jumper Errolford a matron at Bentleys Orlean Va farm

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