Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday, a hard-driving second in last Saturday’s International Gold Cup, will come back in eight days to challenge a well-matched field in the 84th annual $40,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. The traditional Sunday program kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at the Unionville course.
Trained by Kathy Neilson and ridden by Gerard Galligan, Super Saturday continued running to the finish line to overtake front-running Le Chevalier and grab second money in the International Gold Cup behind timber champion Doc Cebu.
Galligan retains the mount on 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup winner Super Saturday, and Neilson also will saddle Naylor’s Aquies, a maiden timber winner who will be ridden by Sean McDermott.
Also coming back on eight days’ rest is Frank Bonsal Jr.’s Stand Down, who was pulled up in the International Gold Cup, his fourth career start. After two victories, the six-year-old finished third in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup on Oct. 13. Eric Poretz retains the mount for trainer Joseph Davies.
The Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, won by Doc Cebu on Oct. 13, produced two additional starters for the four-mile Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, the year’s final timber classic. Black and Blue Stable’s Monstaleur finished second, and Keystone Thoroughbreds’ Be Great was fourth. Trainer Forrest Kelly will be astride Monstaleur, and Thomas Garner rides Be Great for trainer Todd McKenna.
Coming out of the New Jersey Hunt Cup is Armata Stables’ third finisher Grand Manan. Trainer Billy Meister named Willie McCarthy to a return ride.
Ricky Hendriks enters the next-to-last weekend of the 2018 National Steeplechase Association racing season atop the trainer standings, and he will be represented by Morningstar Farm’s Carrickboy, who finished fourth in the New Jersey Hunt Cup on Oct. 20. Jack Doyle, currently atop the jockey standings by wins, will ride.
Completing the field are Gordonsdale Farm’s Canyon Road, second in Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup on Oct. 13, and owner-trainer Jason Cole’s maiden Jeffery G., who most recently finished fourth in a Genesee Valley maiden timber race. Trainer Christopher Kolb named Kieran Norris to ride Canyon Road.
Here is the field for the 84th annual Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in post-position order.
Canyon Road. 2009 ch. g., Service Stripe—Observe, by Patton. Owner: Gordonsdale Farm. Trainer: Christopher Kolb. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Gordonsdale Farm (W.Va.) 2018 record: 3-0-1-0, $8,450. 2017 record: 4-0-1-0, $6,600. 2016 record: 5-2-0-1, $25,250. Finished second in Virginia Fall’s 2018 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup after fourth in Shawan Downs’ Legacy Chase. Pulled up in 2018 Radnor Hunt Cup on soft turf.
Grand Manan. 2009 b. g., Giant’s Causeway—Manoa, by Seeking the Gold. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. Breeders: Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable (Ky.). 2018: 4-0-0-1, $6,200. 2017 record: 5-0-3-0, $28,500. 2016 record: 4-3-0-0, $82,950. Finished third in 2018 New Jersey Hunt Cup after fifth in Radnor Hunt Cup on very soft ground. Pulled up in 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then lost rider while leading Willowdale Steeplechase. Closed 2016 season with back-to-back front-running victories in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup and International Gold Cup.
Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2018 record: 5-1-1-1, $44,600. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. 2016 record: 5-0-1-0, $4,550. Finished second in International Gold Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.
Carrickboy (Ire). 2004 b. g., Silver Patriarch—Alaskan Princess, by Prince Rupert. Owner: Morningstar Farm. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: B. and I. McClelland (Ire). 2018 record: 3-1-0-0, $12,250. 2016 record: 3-1-1-1, $14,200. Finished distant fourth in 2018 New Jersey Hunt Cup. Led most of the way and won 2018 Winterthur amateur apprentice timber race after third in similar race at Grand National. Won 2016 Winterthur maiden timber. Won at 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Be Great. 2007 b. g., Gulch—Classic Ingrid, by Regal Classic. Owner: Keystone Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Todd McKenna. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeder: Equivine Farm (Pa.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. Finished sixth in Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, a race he won in 2015. In only 2017 start, fell at the 15th fence of Willowdale amateur apprentice timber race.
Monstaleur. 2007 ch. g., Meadow Monster—Taleur, by Stalwars. Owner: Black and Blue Stable. Trainer: Forrest Kelly. Jockey: Forrest Kelly. Breeders: Dr. James E. Bryant and Linda P. Davis (Va.). 2018 record: 4-0-1-2, $14,900. 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. Finished second in 2018 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Was third in 2018 Grand National and Willowdale Steeplechase, then fifth in Brown Advisory Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs. Pulled up in 2017 Willowdale Steeplechase, his only start that year. Closed ground for dead-heat win in 2016 Willowdale Steeplechase.
Aquies. 2012 b. g., Artie Schiller—Quies, by Quiet American. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeders: Mr. and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson (Ky.) 2018 record: 4-0-2-2, $9,300. 2017 record: 4-1-1-2, $15,700. Finished third in 2018 Willowdale timber allowance after second a week earlier in similar race at Winterthur. Finished third in My Lady’s Manor 2018 John D. Schapiro Memorial and second in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. Won 2017 Willowdale maiden timber and was third in Fair Hill novice timber.
Stand Down (Ire). 2012 b. g., Yeats (Ire)—Quadrennial, by Un Desperado. Owner: Frank Bonsal Jr. Trainer: Joseph G. Davies. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: Mrs. E. Costelloe (Ire). 2018 record: 4-2-0-1, $21,200. Sustained first career defeat when third in 2018 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, then was pulled up in International Gold Cup. Won first two career starts by open lengths, beginning with 2018 Grand National timber allowance and then Willowdale allowance timber.
Jeffery G. 2007 ch. g., Awad—Search for Reality, by Regal Search. Owner-trainer: Jason L. Cole. Jockey: Forrest Kelly. Breeder: Jason L. Cole (Pa.). 2018 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,350. 2017 record: No starts. Coming back after missing the 2017 season and finished fifth in a division of the John Rush Streett maiden timber and fourth in Genesee Valley maiden timber.