iplin Hall’s Rodriguez, fresh from a victory in Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, is among 12 nominees to the $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, the featured timber race of the 63rd annual Virginia Fall Races on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The 3 1/4-mile National Sporting Library attracted seven starters from the Legacy Chase on Sept. 23, including the top five finishers.
Trained by William Dowling, Irish-bred Rodriguez made a strong late move to overtake Cornhusker and win by a half-length under leading jockey Darren Nagle. In his prior start, Rodriguez had finished third in the Winterthur Bowl on May 7.
Armata Stables’ Cornhusker, trained by Alicia Murphy, came up just short in the Legacy Chase after concluding his spring season with a victory in the Mason Houghland Memorial at the Iroquois Steeplechase on May 13.
Finishing third in the Legacy Chase was Four Virginia Gents’ Worried Man, who is trained in Middleburg by Doug Fout. The Dynaformer 10-year-old finished three-quarters of a length behind Cornhusker.
Leading trainer Jack Fisher nominated Northwoods Stable’s and Sheila Williams’ Straight to It, who finished fourth in the Legacy Chase, and Gil Johnston’s Syros, who finished eighth.
Also coming out of the Legacy Chase are Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Class Cherokee, fifth in the Legacy Chase for trainer Richard Valentine, and Gordonsdale Farm’s Canyon Road, who was 10th.
Donald Reuwer Jr.’s Grand Manan, front-running winner of last year’s Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, has been nominated for a return engagement in the 3 1/2-mile race in Geneseo, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 14. The $30,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup attracted nine nominees. Last year, William Meister-trained Grand Manan followed up his Genesee Valley victory with
Rosbrian Farm’s Orchestra Leader continued his Charlottesville conquests on Sunday when he pulled away to a six-length victory in the featured $25,000 optional allowance hurdle of the 40th annual Foxfield Fall Races. Newcomers to U.S. racing Lord Justice and L’Aigle Royal were second and third, respectively. Orchestra Leader rarely misses a note at the Virginia
Darren Nagle’s magical season continued Saturday when he won Shawan Downs’ principal timber and hurdle races on warm, sunny afternoon in suburban Baltimore.
The 30-year-old Irish-born jockey pulled a significant upset with another well-timed ride aboard Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez in the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase over timber. Always close to the pace after Class Indian surrendered a massive early lead, Rodriguez was overtaken by Armata Stables’ Cornhusker at the last fence of the 3 1/8-mile race.
But William Dowling-trained Rodriguez found another gear in the run-in of the right-handed course and won going away. Worried Man finished third in a field of 10, and Straight to It was fourth.
A 10-year-old High Chaparral gelding, Irish-bred Rodriguez scored his first win since a maiden timber win at the Virginia Fall meet last October.
A race earlier in the $25,000 Sodexo ratings handicap, Nagle put Welcome Here Farm’s Second Amendment on the lead early, and the homebred National Anthem gelding turned away all challengers while winning in 3:36.40.
Magalen O. Bryant’s Personal Start made a strong late bid and finished second, approximately two lengths behind the winner, and Indy’s Legacy finished third.
Nagle entered the Shawan program with a two-race lead in the jockey standings after winning Thursday’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) aboard All the Way Jose, and he opened another notch with the two wins. He now has 14 victories and a three-race bulge in the standings.
Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose, ideally positioned throughout Thursday’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1), surged to the lead at the eighth fence on Belmont Park’s backstretch and turned back a challenge by Modem to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Robert A. Kinsley’s Modem finished second for the third time in his three American starts by holding off a challenge from Rosbrian Farm’s Swansea Mile by a neck. English invader Casino Markets finished fourth.
Sent to the starter as the 3.35-to-1 second betting pick behind 1.95-to-1 Modem, All the Way Jose paid $8.70 to win after running the Lonesome Glory’s 2 1/2 miles in 4:33.37 on a firm inner turf course.
Bred and trained by Racing Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard, All the Way Jose was 2014’s novice champion, but he never quite lived up to his early promise—until this year.
He aced Fair Hill’s Valentine Memorial Handicap by 15 lengths under Sheppard assistant Keri Brion, and he finished third in the New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) in his first trip with Nagle, who leads this year’s jockey standings.
When the flag dropped in the Lonesome Glory, All the Way Jose went to the front from the inside post, and Nagle then allowed Irv Naylor’s veteran Charminster to set a modest pace while retaining the inside position.
“The plan coming in was to jump him off, sit him where he was comfortable on or close to the lead, and it worked out nicely because he got to sit and carry along with him stalking nicely for the first part of the race,” Sheppard said. “He jumped great.”
Charminster led to the backstretch the second time, but began to slow at the eighth fence, where All the Way Jose punched to the lead. After the last, All the Way Jose had a two-length lead, and Nagle dropped his hands to give his mount a break around the turn.
At the three-sixteenths pole, Nagle asked All the Way Jose to pick up the pace as Modem and Jack Doyle closed ground on them. While retaining his inside position, Nagle urged All the Way Jose to the finish while holding Modem safe.
Bruton Street-US’s Moscato solidified his position as the year’s top novice with a gutsy 3 1/2-length victory over longshot New Member on Thursday in Belmont Park’s $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes. PathFinder Racing’s Mutassawy passed tiring newcomer Lachares to claim third money in the 2 1/4-mile race on Belmont’s inner turf course. Oakwood Stable’s
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