Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, undefeated in his two starts this season, heads a competitive edition of the $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, the featured timber race of the 65th annual Virginia Fall Races at Middleburg’s Glenwood Park on Saturday.
First post time is 1 p.m. for the eight-race program, which attracted full fields.
Stakes-placed over hurdles for trainer Leslie Young, Andi’amu was converted successfully to steeplethon racing over mixed obstacles last year and was sent over the timber fences in the current season. He won the Middleburg Hunt Cup by 5¾ lengths in April and the Virginia Gold Cup by three lengths on May 4.
Jack Doyle, who has ridden Andi’amu to victories in their last four starts, will again be in the saddle for the 3 ¼-mile National Sporting Library.
The French-bred nine-year-old will carry 165 pounds and will again meet two competitors from the Virginia Gold Cup. Michael Smith’s Le Chevalier, second at Great Meadow Race Course, will be ridden by Mark Beecher. Also second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup for trainer Julie Gomena, Le Chevalier completed his spring season with a close second in the Radnor Hunt Cup on May 18.
Trainer Kathy Neilson named Gerard Galligan to ride Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday, the third finisher in the Virginia Gold Cup.
Kiplin Hall’s Katnap, an easy winner in a sodden Willowdale Steeplechase timber allowance on May 12, will share the 165-pound highweight with Andi’amu. Trainer Willie Dowling named Darren Nagle to ride the 12-year-old French-bred.
Graham Watters will be aboard Kinross Farm’s Just Wait And See, who was undeterred by the wet ground at Willowdale and won the Willowdale Steeplechase by six lengths for trainer Richard Valentine.
Michael Mitchell, currently clinging to a one-race lead over Doyle in the jockey standings, will be aboard Woodslane Farm’s Overwhelming for trainer Jack Fisher. Grade 1-placed over hurdles last year, Overwhelming won a Fair Hill timber allowance on May 24 and was third in a Shawan Downs amateur timber allowance on Sept. 28.
Completing the field is Blair Wyatt’s Witor, who was fourth in the Willowdale Steeplechase. Paul O’Neill will ride the German-bred for trainer Todd Wyatt, the owner’s husband.
Here is the field for the $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup in post-position order.
Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2019 record: 3-0-0-1, $11,200. 2018 record: 6-1-2-1, $51,800. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. Finished third in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup, then fell in Radnor Hunt Cup. Finished fifth in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.
Le Chevalier. 2009 g. or ro. g., Broken Vow—Orellana, by With Approval. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Mark Beecher. Breeder: Haras du Mezeray (Ky.) 2019 record: 3-0-3-0, $29,700. 2018 record: 4-1-2-1, $54,900. Finished close second in 2019 Radnor Hunt Cup after second-place finishes in Virginia Gold Cup and Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, then was third in International Gold Cup. Won the 2016 New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Witor (Ger). 2008 b. g., Dashing Blade—Wurfspeil, by Lomitas (GB). Owner: Blair Wyatt. Trainer: Todd Wyatt. Jockey: Paul O’Neill. Breeder: Gestut Farhof (Ger). 2019 record: 2-0-1-0, $10,750. 2018 record: 2-1-0-1, $13,000. 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $10,250. Finished game second in 2019 My Lady’s Manor, then was fourth in soggy Willowdale Steeplechase. Won 2018 John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber at My Lady’s Manor, then was third in Winterthur Bowl. Scored maiden timber victory at 2017 Willowdale meet and then was fourth in a Fair Hill timber novice.
Katnap (Fr). 2007 bl. g., Sleeping Car—Kitty Gale, by Strong Gale. Owner: Wits End Farm. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Susan Angela Bramall (Fr). 2019 record: 2-1-0-0, $6,600. 2018 record: 2-2-0-0, $36,000. 2017 NSA record: 1-0-0-0, $12,000. Easily won 2019 Willowdale timber allowance. Tired to finish sixth in Middleburg Spring’s 2019 Alfred M. Hunt steeplethon. Won 2018 steeplethon at International Gold Cup after score in Virginia Fall steeplethon. Found new ownership after finishing sixth in Far Hills’ Grand National (Gr. 1) while trained by Joseph O’Brien.
Just Wait And See (Ire). 2009 dk. b. or br. g., Acambaro—Connollys Glory, by Kadeed. Owner: Kinross Farm. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Graham Watters. Breeder: Andrew Connolly (Ire). 2019 record: 3-1-0-2, $27,000. 2018 NSA record: 2-0-0-1, $4,800. Won 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase after third-place finishes in steeplethons at Middleburg Spring and Virginia Gold Cup. Finished third in International Gold Cup’s 2018 steeplethon.
Andi’amu (Fr). 2010 b. g., Walk In The Park—Sainte Parfaite, by Septieme Ciel. Owner: Ballybristol Farm. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Therese Bouche (Fr). 2019 record: 2-2-0-0, $78,000. 2018 record: 2-2-0-0, $36,000. Won the 2019 Virginia Gold Cup by three lengths and Middleburg Hunt Cup by 5¾ lengths. Won Middleburg Spring’s 2018 Alfred M. Hunt steeplethon, then added Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon Stakes. Finished second in 2017 Noel Laing Handicap after third in Far Hills’ Appleton ratings handicap.
Overwhelming. 2010 b. g., Hard Spun—Oh What a Windfall, by Seeking the Gold. Owner: Woodslane Farm. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Breeder: Phipps Stable (Ky.) 2019 record: 4-1-0-1, $9,600. 2018 NSA record: 4-1-0-1, $41,000. Sent over timber in 2019 and won Fair Hill allowance after fifth in Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon. Finished third in Shawan amateur apprentice timber allowance. Finished third in Saratoga’s 2018 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), then was fifth in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1). Won Steeplechase at Callaway’s 2015 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle and Belmont’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes.