Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro accelerated sharply on Brooklandwood Race Course’s final turn, overtook leader Storm Team at the head of the stretch, and drew clear to a dominant victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase, the marquee race of the 24th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase near Charlotte, N.C. A late move by My Afleet claimed
With a courageous, bravado performance, Irvin “Skip” Crawford’s Senior Senator won his third Maryland Hunt Cup and retired the historic trophy on Saturday with a four-length victory over Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society.
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With his second straight win in American’s best-known timber race and his third victory in four years, Senior Senator became the first horse since Cancottage in 1983 to win the $100,000 Hunt Cup for a third time. But making history was by no means easy in a race that is justifiably regarded as one of the most testing jump races in the world.
Ridden by Eric Poretz, Senior Senator went to the lead shortly after the start and appeared to be gaining strength in the middle stages of the four-mile timber classic. But Hadden Frost moved Drift Society to the lead at the 19th fence and opened a two-length advantage.
As the leaders crossed the mulch-covered road that divides the Glyndon course, Senior Senator slipped and nearly lost his footing. The nine-year-old went to his knees, but Poretz remained in the saddle and kept his composure as he took aim on Drift Society, who finished third last year.
At the next to last fence, he was two lengths off Drift Society and slowly chipping away at the advantage. At the last fence, he jumped to the lead on the outside of his only competitor, quickly drew clear again, and raced powerfully to the finish line.
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