The running of the $30,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap for 3-year-olds and upwards was a memorable one, as Tony Greaves’ talented Les Bois Park invader PF Flyair handled a strong group of runners en route to a ¾ length victory on Friday night. The scene after the Schvaneveldt had to be an unforgettable one for many, as the Hadleys, led by popular horseman Sherman Hadley, were in the winner’s circle celebrating PF Flyair’s victory at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Trained by Susan Hadley and ridden by her son, Jordan, PF Flyair beat seven of the best horses based in the Intermountain and Northwest region in the annual running of the Schvaneveldt. The Dashair gelding did it by going wire to wire in the 400-yard race, covering the distance in :19.917. Earning $16,500 for the win, PF Flyair was picking up his second major win of the season after taking the Bitterroot Derby in late May.
After the race, members of the Schvaneveldt family presented the winning trainer and jockey with specially made buckles to go along with the owner’s beautiful trophy. Following the winning snapshot, Jordan jumped off PF Flyair, took his buckle and gently placed it on his father’s lap. Jordan and his dad, Sherman, smiled at each, nodded, shook hands and gave each other fist bumps. Sherman is confined to a wheelchair after an 800-pound bale of hay fell on January 16, 2008, but he was beaming with joy following this special horse racing moment.
“That was special,” said Jordan while he handed his goggles to a young racing fan. “My dad trained here and worked for Blane. It was special to hand my dad the buckle.”
Jordan, 22, is becoming a special horseman himself. Already a winner of eight stakes races as a jockey, Jordan is only in his second year as a professional rider. He is also a stakes winning trainer, as he saddled Dreaming Of Kisses to victory in the 2010 Bitterroot Futurity.
It would be easy to just say that “Sherm” Hadley is the family’s inspiration. And while it’s true, he is much more than that.
“He goes to work with us every day,” Susan said. “He doesn’t miss one day at the track or the barn. He is with us every single day and we couldn’t do it without him.”
After the 2008 accident left Hadley paralyzed, the barn dropped to as low as five horses. But the family has since built their business back up with as many as 24 horses in their stables as of a few months ago.
“We’re from Ogden, Utah, but we spend the summers in Boise,” Susan added. “Our son Garrett stays home and takes care of our ranch while Jordan does the riding. He’s a good kid and a good rider. He’s following on his dad’s footsteps. Jordan and this horse are like one. They know each other well.”
“You know, Blane bought me my first horse back in 1996. The horse’s name was Edencast. Blane and I were partners on the horse. We ran him in the Intermountain area and he went on to qualify to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity here. Blane was always a big part of our lives. He was a big supporter of our family and he always cared for us. It’s an honor to have been part of this race.”
Bred by Greaves or Tim Oliver, PF Flyar has won seven of 11 career starts and earned $57,282.
Trained by Cody Joiner for Moonshine Racing, Gallant Mystic earned $6,750 for finishing second. Vodka With Ice, Whose On First AJ, Fergilicious, Easing Thru Traffic, One Famous Secret and Ocean Runner completed the field.