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Winning Ponies

Winning Ponies

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July 14th 2011:'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Trainer A. Ferris Allen III and Jockey Jon Court

Since the New Kent County track opened in 1997, the Virginia native, now 58, has been the top trainer seven of the 12 seasons. Last summer, he saddled a single-season record 30 winners, according to official records. In all, he has saddled 201 winners at Colonial Downs. “These years at Colonial Downs have been awesome for me,” said Allen, whose main training operation is in Maryland. “I shake my head and wonder why I have done so well.” Ferris Allen’s passion for horses goes back to his childhood years at Warwick Stable, his father’s horse farm in eastern Henrico County’s Varina area. “I was

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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1448/winning-ponies 21/11/2017 01:00 21/11/2017 02:00 Winning Ponies https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1448/winning-ponies Since the New Kent County track opened in 1997, the Virginia native, now 58, has been the top trainer seven of the 12 seasons. Last summer, he saddled a single-season record 30 winners, according to official records. In all, he has saddled 201 winners at Colonial Downs. “These years at Colonial Downs have been awesome for me,” said Allen, whose main training operation is in Maryland. “I shake my head and wonder why I have done so well.” Ferris Allen’s passion for horses goes back to his childhood years at Warwick Stable, his father’s horse farm in eastern Henrico County’s Varina area. “I was galloping horses at 11 and riding in races at 13,” Allen recalled. “As I have said many times, if I wanted to be around my dad when I was a kid, I had to be around horses. We had a good father-son relationship. But that doesn’t mean he was easy on me.” His father is Albert Ferris Allen Jr., whom everybody calls Bert. A fixture at the same table in Colonial Downs’ Turf Club when the horses are running, Bert Allen has missed just five racing days in 12 years. After graduating from The College of William & Mary, where he played baseball, Ferris Allen returned home to teach government and coach baseball at Varina High School. At the same time, he was training horses for Bert and running them at Charles Town in West Virginia. “Ferris would van the horses home from Charles Town late at night,” Bert said. “I would put ’em to bed, because he had to go to school the next morning.” Three years of being a high school teacher and a horse trainer nearly wore Ferris out, so he quit his teaching job to condition racehorses full time. It turned out to be a good move. During his 35-year career, Ferris Allen has saddled more than 1,700 winners at racetracks from Delaware to Florida. Jon Kenton Court was born November 23, 1960 in Gainesville, Florida. Having grown up in Florida, Jon Court began riding in Colorado at the now closed Centennial Park in 1980. He rode in Louisiana for 12 years before moving to Kentucky and Indiana in 1995 where he was a top rider at Hoosier Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he gained his 2,000th win at Kentucky Downs. In 2001, he rode Percy Hope in the Lone Star Derby, winning, and in the Preakness Stakes, placing 9th. He holds the record for most wins by a jockey (2) in the Lone Star Derby. In 2003, was his big break when he won the Japan Cup Dirt on Fleetstreet Dancer. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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