The Monday Report for Oct. 28, featuring the victory of Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic in the $75,000 International Gold Cup, is now available here. The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MR10-28-19w.pdf
Irv Naylor’s diverse stable notched two victories at Saturday’s Aiken Fall Races, including the featured $30,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup maiden hurdle with Family Tree. The Naylor team also won the $15,000 maiden claiming hurdle with Mighty Mark. With Barry Foley in the saddle, Family Tree made a strong late bid and won by two lengths
On an afternoon dominated by trainer Jack Fisher, his mother Dolly’s Schoodic moved into the top rank of timber racing with a 2½-length victory over division leader Andi’amu in Saturday’s $75,000 International Gold Cup.
Fisher continued his history-making season with three victories at the Great Meadows Race Course in The Plains, Va., and added to his record earnings total with more than $100,000 in purse earnings for the day.
In addition to the International Gold Cup, he also won the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) with Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro and the $40,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle with Gill Johnston’s Brianbakescookies.
Schoodic, a nine-year-old Tiznow gelding, was enormously talented but unpredictable over hurdles, but he has shown respect and attention over timber fences. He was a perfect gentleman over the Great Meadow course under Hadden Frost and jumped cleanly over the 3½-mile timber course.
The NSA Network goes on the air at 1 p.m. with live-stream coverage of the Aiken Fall Races in South Carolina and the International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va. The NSA Network’s Megan Connolly will be on-site at the International Gold Cup with commentary and interviews, while Robbie Walsh
Frank A. Bonsal Jr.’s Stand Down, decisive winner of last year’s Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, has been nominated to defend his victory in the year’s final timber classic on Sunday, Nov. 3.
The 85th renewal of the $40,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup attracted six nominees for its testing four miles over the Unionville countryside.
Stand Down, trained by Joseph G. Davies, would be seeking his first victory since last year’s Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. The Irish-bred began his sanctioned racing career last year at age six, and he capped that season with a 7¾-length score in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
He began this season with a second-place finish in the John D. Schapiro Memorial at My Lady’s Manor and then was a distant fifth in the Virginia Gold Cup on May 4. He opened the autumn timber-racing season with a fourth-place finish in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup on Oct. 12.
Two other Pennsylvania Hunt Cup nominees, It’s Nothing and Mystic Strike, also competed in the Upstate New York timber race.
Steeplechase racing returns to South Carolina on Saturday for the 28th annual Aiken Fall Steeplechase, where the emphasis will be on horses beginning to make their mark on jump racing. First post time is 1 p.m. for an afternoon of exciting Thoroughbred racing at the Aiken Horse Park. The races attracted large fields, with also-eligible