Irvin S. Naylor’s Fieldview will carry the 165-pound co-high weight while seeking his third straight 2010 win in the $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup, featured race of the Virginia Fall Races’ Saturday program on Oct. 2.
The 56th annual Virginia Fall Races at the Glenwood Park Course in Middleburg also will showcase steeplechase racing on Sunday, Oct. 3. The two-day celebration of the horse benefits Loudoun Hospital Center and the Glenwood Park Trust.
The National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup, a 3 1/4-mile race over timber fences, attracted an accomplished field of seven. Fieldview, a seven-year-old Charismatic gelding who will be ridden by Darren Nagle, has been developing rapidly for trainer Kathy N. McKenna.
In a busy May, he finished second in a timber race at the Winterthur Races in Delaware on May 2 and six days later won the $10,000 Marshall Jenney Memorial at the Willowdale Races in Kennett Square, Pa. He then closed out the month with a three-quarter-length score in the $10,000 James Stump Memorial at the Fair Hill Races in Maryland on May 29.
Naylor, a veteran timber owner from Butler, Md., also campaigns Albert’s Crossing, who will be making his first start in more than 17 months and carries 155 pounds. The Valley Crossing gelding won the 2006 edition of the National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup and finished second in that year’s New Jersey Hunt Cup. He is trained by Billy Meister, and James Slater has the mount.
He’s a Conniver, owned by trainer Ernie Oare’s EMO Stables, will share the 165-pound high weight under the National Sporting Museum Chronicle Cup’s allowance conditions. The eight-year-old Crafty Friend gelding started the year with a score in the $20,000 Springdale Purse, a 3 1/2-mile timber race at the Carolina Cup Races in Camden, S.C., on March 27.
Next in the weights at 160 pounds is Lucy Stable’s Westbound Road, a Gone West gelding who is a half brother to 2001 North American male turf champion Fantastic Light. In his most recent start, Westbound Road won the $15,000 Dietz & Watson Purse by 8 3/4 lengths at the Queen’s Cup Races in Mineral Springs, N.C., on April 24. Trainer Richard Valentine gave the mount to Brian Crowley, currently the hottest jockey in the sport.
Valentine also entered Anna Stable’s Music to My Ears, an Irish-bred gelding who finished third in the Radnor Hunt Cup at Malvern, Pa., on May 15.
Returning to the scene of his most recent victory is owner-breeder-trainer Bay Cockburn’s I’m Telling, who won last year’s Virginia Beach Memorial by more than 45 lengths after setting all the pace. I’m Telling finished third in the Alfred M. Hunt Purse at the Middleburg Spring Races on April 17. Cockburn named Jacob Roberts to ride.
Completing the field is owner-trainer Benjamin Swope’s Incaseyouraminer, who is seeking his first victory since a 40-length, front-running score in a $5,000 timber race at the Shawan Downs Races in Hunt Valley, Md., on Sept. 26, 2009.
In addition to races with full fields, the Saturday program also features a Family Fun Fair with pony rides and other attractions. Sunday’s program, featuring the $10,000 Nelson C. Noland for three-year-old maidens and the $10,000 Theodora A. Randolph Cup for maidens, also will spotlight the finals of the Field Hunter Championship of America.
Gates open at 11 a.m. each day, and general admission is $30 per car.