How quickly a horse learns how to handle the jumps that come along with a steeplechase course is not always an indicator of how quickly it develops into a champion, said Sheppard.
"Sometimes I've found that the ones that have a tough time early on turn out to be the better ones," he said.
Sheppard is hoping to bring some more championship-caliber horses to the six-week Saratoga meet.
"I think (racing at Saratoga is) an opportunity for us to showcase our sport in front of a group of people who don't get to usually watch it," said Sheppard. "It's sort of the highlight of the year, really."
Any additional winners would be just another feather in Jonathan Sheppard's cap. He's already achieved more than he thought was possible.""