Owner-trainer Michael Leaf’s Missteria, making her first start over fences, drew away to a commanding 6 3/4-length victory in the featured $15,000 filly-and-mare maiden hurdle at the 36th annual Foxfield Fall Races on Sunday, Sept. 29. Carol-Ann Sloan rode the five-year-old Dance With Ravens mare.
Owner-breeder Magalen O. Bryant’s Flagrant Honor finished second, and Holbrook Hollow Farm’s Ray de Light picked up third money. Missteria ran the 2 1/8 miles over National Fences in 4:07.60 on turf rated as hard at the Charlottesville, Va., course.
Missteria most recently won at Charles Town in May for a $5,000 claiming tag. In her start before the Foxfield race, she had finished fifth in a conditioned $5,000 claimer at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. The Pennsylvania-bred was unplaced in her one start on turf, at Pimlico Race Course in 2011, but Leaf has been working her regularly on the turf prior to her debut steeplechase victory.
In the afternoon’s co-feature, a $15,000 maiden hurdle, Where’s the Beef waltzed away to an 18 1/4-length victory over Casual Creeper. Willie McCarthy rode Where’s the Beef for trainer Brian E. Murphy, who recorded his first North American victory. Second to Martini Brother in his prior start over fences in an Atlanta Steeplechase maiden hurdle, Where’s the Beef ran the 2 1/8 miles in 4:05.20.