He’s a Conniver, owned by trainer Ernie Oare’s EMO Stables, rolled away to a runaway 27-length victory in the $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup, featured race on the first day of the two-day Virginia Fall race meet at Glenwood Park in Middleburg on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Trainer Richard Valentine claimed the second and third spots with Lucy Stable’s Westbound Road, who was second, and Anna Stable’s Music to My Ears, third. Irvin S. Naylor’s Fieldview was fourth in a field of seven timber specialists. Ridden by Jody Petty, He’s a Conniver took the lead shortly after the start and controlled the pace throughout. He ran the National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup’s 3 1/4 miles in 6:49.40.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, He’s a Conniver had finished fourth in last year’s Chronicle Cup while racing for the late Calvin Houghland.
Acquired by EMO, the eight-year-old Crafty Friend gelding started the year with a front-running victory 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.
He set the pace for the first three miles of the $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup on May 1 but tired and was pulled up before the last fence. Oare took over the training of He’s a Conniver prior to his National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup victory.
In another front-running performance on the Glenwood course, The Fields Stable’s Hold Your Fire scored a 4 1/4-length victory in the $15,000 James P. McCormick Memorial maiden timber race for trainer Tom Voss. Ridden by leading jockey Paddy Young, Hold Your Fire ran the McCormick’s three miles in 6:18.