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
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
Two of the year’s top timber horses, Irv Naylor’s Ebanour and Armata Stables’ Cornhusker, will face off Saturday in the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, the signature race of the 17th annual Races at Shawan Downs.
The eight-race program of timber, hurdle, and flat races attracted strong entries and highly competitive fields. First post time at the Hunt Valley, Md., course is 1 p.m.
The Legacy Chase kicks off a busy fall timber racing lineup, and the 3 1/8-mile contest attracted a bulging field of timber veterans and a few newcomers.
Ebanour very nearly was undefeated in his two races this spring. He won the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup on May 6 and came back two weeks later to finish first by a nose in the Radnor Hunt Cup. But he was found to have impeded Mystic Strike and was placed second.
Trained by Cyril Murphy, multiple timber stakes winner Ebanour will be ridden by Gus Dahl. He enters the Legacy Chase as the leading earner on the 2017 timber standings with $65,400.
Not far behind him at $52,500 is Cornhusker, who scored his third victory in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial on May 13. Trained by Alicia Murphy, Cornhusker also won the Middleburg Hunt Cup in his 2017 debut and tightened for the Mason Houghland with a second in the Winterthur Bowl on May 7.
Leading trainer Jack Fisher entered Gil Johnston’s Syros and Straight to It, owned by Sheila Williams and Northwoods Stables. Syros won the C. P. and Edith DeBose Cup, a timber allowance at the Carolina Cup on April 1, and finished second in the Mason Hougland. Sean McDermott will ride.
Straight to It will be making his first start since finishing third in last year’s Legacy Chase. An easy winner of the 2016 Radnor Hunt Cup, Straight to It will be ridden by Brett Owings.
Kieran Norris, the reigning champion jockey, returns to action after a fall at Radnor to ride Four Virginia Gents’ Worried Man, who finished fourth in the Mason Houghland for trainer Doug Fout.
Several intriguing newcomers to American jump racing and a horse for the course will clash Sunday in Foxfield Fall’s featured optional allowance hurdle. The 2 1/8-mile race over National Fences will highlight a six-race program with several full fields at the Charlottesville, Va., course. First post time is 1:30 p.m. Carrying the race’s 156-pound highweight
Tryon International Equestrian Center has assured National Steeplechase Association officials that it will redouble its efforts with partner Tryon Riding and Hunt Club to assure a top-quality race meet at the North Carolina property next spring at the Tryon Block House Steeplechase.
TIEC informed the NSA in early September that it was canceling its inaugural fall race meet, which had been scheduled for Sept 30.
“TIEC officials told us that they had made every effort to prepare for their first fall meet, but they recognized that the many logistical issues would prevent them from putting on a first-class event,” said NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri.
“Rather than stage a race meet that did not meet its standards, TIEC decided to cancel and prepare for next spring’s races. Obviously, we are disappointed for our program and for our horsemen,” Torsilieri said. “But we have to respect TIEC’s decision and support its efforts to build toward another outstanding meet at their lovely new course next spring. TIEC is determined to have a top-quality fall meet, and we will provide all the support that we can toward achieving that goal.”
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