Irvin S. Naylor’s Black Jack Blues, a recent arrival from England, went to the lead at the start of Virginia Fall’s $35,000 Dorothy Fred Smithwick Stakes, set all the pace, and scored a 4 1/4-length victory over Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Glenwood Park in Middleburg. Mary Ann Houghland’s Nationbuilder checked in third, and Woodslane Farm’s Brave Prospect was fourth.
Ridden by Ross Geraghty, Joe Delozier-trained Black Jack Blues ran the Dorothy Smithwick’s 2 1/8 miles over National Fences in 4:02.20 on ground rated as yielding.
Trainer Doug Fout claimed the first two spots in the $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup when Alfred C. Griffin’s Aero finished six lengths clear of Magalen O. Bryant’s G’Day G’Day. Last year’s winner, EMO Stables’ He’s a Conniver, finished third in the timber stakes. Ridden by Jeff Murphy, Aero ran the Chronicle Cup’s 3 1/4 miles in 7:04.40.
On the second day of the 56th annual Virginia Fall meet, Richard Boucher rode Mede Cahaba Stable’s Class Brahms to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $10,000 Nelson C. Noland Memorial, a maiden race for three-year-olds, on Sunday, Oct. 2. Silverton Hill LLC’s Darkwatch took second, and Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Gawaarib finished third. Trained by Lilith Boucher, Class Brahms ran the Noland’s 2 1/8 miles in 4:20 on yielding turf.