Former McGaughey Assistant Patterson Saddles First Winner At Belterra Park

Jennifer Patterson saddled her first winner as a trainer on Thursday when Harry T. Rosenblum’s Sport’s Story won the eighth race at Belterra Park.

Patterson, a former assistant trainer and exercise rider for Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey III and Victoria H. Oliver, is a graduate of Gettysburg College. It was the fifth career start for the Keeneland-based trainer.

“This is a special day for me because Mr. Rosenblum was the first owner to give me a chance,” Patterson said. “Sport’s Story was the first horse in my barn.”

Sport’s Story was allowed to settle early, split horses in midstretch, then drew off to win the $15,500 maiden special weight race by 1 1⁄4 lengths under jockey John McKee. The chestnut four-year-old, who was making his grass debut, covered five furlongs on firm turf in :59 1/5.

“I was thinking how much Sport’s Story improved off his last race,” Patterson said. “When he split horses and forged to the lead it seemed like everything just clicked and he was really enjoying the turf.”

Sport’s Story, by Tale of the Cat out of the Seattle Slew mare Feature Article, was bred in Kentucky by William B. Harrigan and Mike Pietrangelo.

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