Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu marked himself as a premier timber horse Saturday when he surged past front-running Grand Manan and drew clear easily to an 11 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 International Gold Cup.
Armata Stables’ Grand Manan, the defending winner of the 3 1/2-mile International Gold Cup, overcame some near-mishaps to finish second, 21 1/4 lengths ahead of Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez.
The International Gold Cup, the fall’s richest timber race, was the co-feature of the International Gold Cup meet at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains. Stonelea Stables’ Balance the Budget, a multiple stakes winner, wired the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) over hurdles.
The International Gold Cup was another big day for champion trainer Jack Fisher, who continued to add to his National Steeplechase Association record purses with Doc Cebu’s win and a victory by Bruton Street-US’s Preseli Rock in the $40,000 Steeplethon Stakes. Fisher had established a record exceeding $1.2-million when Mr. Hot Stuff won the Grand National (Gr. 1) a week earlier.
Hadden Frost rode both winners for Fisher.
With a powerful late charge, PathFinder Racing’s Cognashene roared to a half-length victory in the $20,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup, the featured race at Saturday’s Aiken Fall Steeplechase. Indy’s Legacy, who shadowed the pace of Show King throughout the 2 1/4-mile race, took second money, 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Show King. Trained by Neil Morris,
Edith Dixon’s homebred Schoodic, a talented but headstrong multiple stakes winner, will shoot for a second straight victory at Great Meadow Race Course when he lines up Saturday for the International Gold Cup’s $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Handicap (Gr. 2). The 2 1/8-mile Ferguson will be the featured hurdle race of the 34th
A well-matched field will line up Saturday for the $20,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup, the featured ratings handicap of the 26th annual Aiken Fall Steeplechase at the Aiken Horse Park. The 2 1/4-mile contest caps a five-race program with a 1 p.m. first post time. In a ratings handicap, weights are determined by the horses’ National
Irv Naylor’s Saluda Sam, the ageless king of the steeplethons, will line up against a highly competitive field for Saturday’s $40,000 Steeplethon at the International Gold Cup. The Steeplethon is a uniquely Virginia race over a variety of fences and through water, and 12-year-old Saluda Sam has had undisputed success in them. He won the
Charles C. Fenwick Jr.’s Doc Cebu, the hottest newcomer to the timber-racing scene, has been supplemented to meet a veteran field in the $75,000 International Gold Cup, the signature race of Saturday’s 34th annual International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va.
The International Gold Cup meet will feature eight races with purses totaling $370,000. Also on the program is the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) over hurdles.
First post time is noon, and pari-mutuel racing under the supervision of the Virginia Racing Commission will be offered on all races.
Trained by Jack Fisher, Doc Cebu has done little wrong since beginning his timber career with a win at the My Lady’s Manor meet on April 15. He was second in a Queen’s Cup allowance race two weeks later and then won the Willowdale Steeplechase by nine lengths in mid-May.
The seven-year-old Hard Spun gelding kicked off his fall campaign with an 11 1/4-length score in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup in New York on Oct. 14. Hadden Frost, who has ridden him in his three victories, will be in the saddle.