Fox Ridge Farm’s Fogcutter, most recently second in a Colonial Downs steeplechase claiming race, returns to the Virginia track on Sunday, June 27, for a $20,000 claiming contest in which he will be meeting several opponents from the June 13 race.
Trainer Tom Voss named Ross Geraghty to ride Fox Ridge’s homebred seven-year-old by Woodman, who carries the 152-pound high weight and a $15,000 claiming price in the 2 1/4-mile race over National Fences on Colonial’s lush turf course.
Fogcutter has been no worse than third in his five starts this year, and his one victory was in a $15,000 claiming race at the Fair Hill Races in Maryland on May 29. In the June 13 race at Colonial, Fogcutter made a strong move on the final turn but had no chance of catching front-runner Riddle, who won by ten lengths.
Finishing third in that race was EMO Stables’ Indy Run, who will be next to Fogcutter when National Steeplechase Association Starter Barry Watson drops the flag on Sunday. Owner-trainer Ernie Oare named Roddy Mackenzie to ride. With Mackenzie in the saddle, the seven-year-old A.P. Indy gelding also finished third in the $25,000 Block House at the Block House Races in Tryon, N.C., on April 17.
Also returning from the earlier Colonial race is owner-trainer Randy Rouse’s One Sea, who finished fourth, and Great Gusto, who stumbled at the second fence and lost his rider. Champion jockey Paddy Young picks up the mount on Clorevia Farm’s Great Gusto.
Carl Rafter, currently second to Young in the NSA jockey standings, will ride Hamilton Farm’s Sword of Dubai, who won a Fair Hill maiden claiming race by disqualification on May 29. Trainer Kathy N. McKenna tuned him for Sunday’s race with a fifth-place finish on the flat at Colonial on June 15.
Voss trains another of the newcomers to the Colonial race, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Rubicon, who will be ridden by Danielle Hodsdon. A maiden-claiming winner at Saratoga last summer, the seven-year-old Dynaformer gelding finished fifth to Fogcutter at Fair Hill.