The team of Welcome Here Farm, trainer Todd McKenna, and jockey Annie Yeager continued their dominance of the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup when Be Great was the only finisher in the $30,000 timber stakes on Saturday. A year earlier, Welcome Here’s Serene Harbor won the 3 1/2-mile race by more than 35 lengths.
Be Great, an eight-year-old Pennsylvania-bred Gulch gelding, scored his first victory of the year for Timothy Gardner’s Welcome Here following a third-place finish in the Winterthur Bowl on May 3 and a fourth in the Radnor Hunt Cup on May 16. He ran the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup distance in 8:08.80 on turf make soft by two days of soaking rain in Geneseo, N.Y.
Sky Count was pulled up, and Personal Brew and Joshua G. fell in the race’s latter stages.