Timber division leader Incomplete heads a competitive field for the $35,000 National Sporting Museum Chronicle Cup, the feature race of the 57th annual Virginia Fall Races at Middleburg’s Glenwood Park Course on Saturday, Oct. 6. First post time is 1:30 p.m. for the seven-race program.
Robert Kinsley’s Incomplete will be putting his unbeaten 2012 record on the line in the 3 1/4-mile Chronicle Cup over timber fences after scoring victories in the My Lady’s Manor in Maryland and the Virginia Gold Cup at The Plains on May 5. Trained by Ann Stewart, Incomplete also won the 2011 International Gold Cup. He picks up the services of champion jockey Paddy Young.
Middleburg-based trainer Doug Fout will saddle Alfred C. Griffin Jr.’s Aero, who won last year’s National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup by six lengths and then ran a good second to Incomplete in the International Gold Cup. He started the year with a second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup before finishing fifth to Incomplete in the Virginia Gold Cup. Jeff Murphy has the call on Aero. Fout scratched Aero’s stablemate, G’day G’day, winner of the Middleburg Hunt Cup.
Trainer Jack Fisher entered Lion’s Double, who won his first victory over timber fences in the Mason Houghland Memorial Timber Stakes at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 12. Owned by Woodslane Farm, Lion’s Double had finished third in a maiden timber race in his only other 2012 start. Willie Dowling will ride.
Michael A. Smith’s Triple Dip, the 2011 Mason Houghland winner, was entered by trainer Jimmy Day. In his only 2012 start, he finished sixth in the Mason Houghland.
Coming into the Chronicle Cup on a week’s rest is Michael T. Wharton’s Grinding Speed, who ran second in the $15,000 Legacy Chase timber allowance race at Shawan Downs in Maryland on Sept. 29. Trainer Alicia Murphy named Mark Beecher to ride.
Completing the field are Manown Kiser’s Gather No Moss, fifth in last year’s Chronicle Cup, and owner-trainer Karen Gray’s Hot Rize, who is making his first start of the year.