Bruton Street-US’s Moscato, a dominant novice champion before going to the sidelines prior to his first Grade 1 start in 2017, drew away to an emphatic victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2), the featured hurdle race of the 99th annual Middleburg Spring Races.
Belisarius finished second, and Jaleo was third in a star-studded field of 10.
The eight-year-old Hernando gelding, who won Belmont Park’s 2017 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes in his previous start, provided the second of three victories for jockey Michael Mitchell and trainer Jack Fisher. They had combined forces for a victory with Bruton Street-US’s Special Relation in the allowance hurdle that opened the Virginia meet, and they closed out the afternoon with a win by Gil Johnston’s Days of Heaven in the Alfred M. Hunt Steeplechase over mixed obstacles.
Clarcam, still trying to find his place in American jump racing, went to the lead early, with the Bruton Street triumvirate of 2017 Eclipse Award winner Scorpiancer and Jaleo several lengths behind him. Clarcam ceded the lead to Jaleo at the 11th fence with Scorpiancer second and Moscato shuffled back toward the back of the 10-horse field.
As Foxbrook Champion Hurdle division winner Belisarius moved toward the leaders, Mitchell moved Moscato into a striking position two fences out. Belisarius took the lead over the last under Bernie Dalton and headed for the finish line. But Moscato showed superior late speed and drew away steadily in deep stretch.
Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu proved his mettle over mixed obstacles last year with two Virginia victories, and he successfully tackled traditional timber fences Saturday in the $30,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Trained by Leslie Young and ridden by Jack Doyle, the French-bred took command at the 15th fence from a tiring Grand Manan and fought off a
Irvin “Skip” Crawford’s Senior Senator answered the challenge of the Grand National Challenge Cup on Saturday and retired the trophy for his owner with a dominating victory in the 117th running of the historic middle jewel of the Maryland Timber Triple Crown. Ridden by 23-year-old amateur Eric Poretz, his regular jockey throughout his timber-racing career,
The year’s first novice stakes, the $100,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase, has attracted both quality and quantity for the headline race of the 24th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 27. Purses will total $200,000 for the races at Brooklandwood in suburban Charlotte. The races will be run in memory of Midge and Jim
Many of the 26 nominees to the $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup, including likely favorite Senior Senator, are on course to see action on Saturday in the 117th Grand National meet. Except for one, Monstaleur, the entire field for the 3 1/4-mile Grand National is nominated to the Hunt Cup on Saturday, April 27. The Benjamin
Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, 2017’s Eclipse Award champion, will carry the 158-pound highweight in Saturday’s talent-packed edition of the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 1), the featured race of the 99th annual Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park.
Also on the program is the $30,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup, which will be headlined by Two’s Company, the 2016 timber champion who also is owned by Bruton Street-US and trained by Jack Fisher. First post time is 1 p.m. for the seven-race program.
Scorpiancer, who will be making his first start in almost two years, will be reunited with regular jockey Sean McDermott for the 2½-mile Temple Gwathmey. McDermott rode the Irish-bred to victories in the 2017 Temple Gwathmey and the Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1).
Fisher also will saddle Bruton Street-US’s Moscato, the 2017 novice champion who also missed the 2018 season, and Jaleo, who will be making his first start for the champion trainer. Michael Mitchell rides Moscato, and Willie McCarthy will be aboard Jaleo. Both carry 146 pounds.
The Fields Stable’s Portrade, a game second behind Scorpiancer in the 2017 Temple Gwathmey, also is coming back after missing last season. Trainer Elizabeth Voss named Jack Doyle to ride the 2016 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) winner, who carries 144 pounds.