DASH Stable’s Ice It, winner of last year’s $75,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase, has been nominated for a chance at back-to-back wins in the featured hurdle of the 23rd annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 28. The annual extravaganza at Brooklandwood Race Course near Charlotte, N.C.—the Queen City—offers a varied program of hurdle, timber,
The three most recent Maryland Hunt Cup winners and the two-time winner of the Virginia Gold Cup will meet Saturday in the $50,000 Grand National, the second jewel of Maryland’s timber triple crown. In all, 10 horses were entered to contest the Grand National’s 3 1/4 miles. First post for the three-race program in Butler
Two timber champions, both from the stable of top trainer Jack Fisher, will face off Saturday in the $30,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup, the featured timber contest of Saturday’s 98th annual Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park. The seven-race program also features the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2), which attracted many of the sport’s top
Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro, making his first U.S. start, turned back a surging Lord Justice to win Saturday’s $35,000 Block House, the featured contest of the 72nd annual Tryon Block House in Columbus, N.C.
Ridden by Sean McDermott, Gibralfaro battled with Rosbrian Farm’s Sixty Five to the last fence of the allowance hurdle before putting away the French-bred ridden by Ross Geraghty.
Bruton Street-US’s Lord Justice found another gear in the stretch of Green Creek Race Course and closed stoutly under Jack Doyle to challenge Gibralfaro, but his bid fell a neck short at the line. Sixty Five finished third, five lengths farther back.
Gibralfaro and Lord Justice, both Irish-breds, are trained by Jack Fisher, the reigning champion trainer by wins and purses. Gilbralfaro, making his first Stateside start after a career in England, ran the Block House’s 2 1/8 miles in 3:55 2/5 on firm turf.
Trainer Richard Valentine and jockey Shane Crimin combined for a double at Tryon Block House. They won the afternoon’s first race, a maiden hurdle, with Magalen O. Bryant’s Bob’n for Silver. Riding the trainer’s Life Said, Crimin went to the winner’s circle in the afternoon’s ratings handicap hurdle.
Sara E. Collette’s Zanclus, showing no signs of rust after more than a year on the sidelines, went to the lead at the start of the $30,000 My Lady’s Manor and never was challenged as he rolled to a 25 1/4-length victory Saturday in the first leg of the Maryland timber triple crown. Straight to
The $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2), the featured contest of the 98th annual Middleburg Spring Races, attracted a strong list of 14 nominees to the 2 1/2-mile hurdle stakes on Saturday, April 21. Among the nominees is Gillian Johnston’s Mr. Hot Stuff, who would be making his first start since claiming the National Steeplechase