Pleasant Woodman took control immediately at the start of Aiken Fall’s $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup, controlled all the pace, and drew away easily to a five-length victory on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Irv Naylor’s Jamarjo easily held second under Paddy Young, three lengths ahead of Dale Thiel’s Sir Dynamite, ridden by Mark Watts. Owner-trainer Kate Dalton’s Cat Feathers finished fourth, a half-length behind Sir Dynamite, who raced for a $25,000 claiming price in the optional allowance claiming hurdle.
Owned by Virginia Lazenby and Farm d’Allie Stable, Pleasant Woodman ran the Budweiser Holiday Cup’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:21.80 on turf raced as good under sunny skies.
The five-year-old Woodman gelding was never in peril as jockey Willie McCarthy took control of the race with a savvy ride. Pleasant Woodman opened a sizable lead over the initial fences and then dialed back his mount’s speed while never allowing a serious challenge. Approaching the last fence, Jamarjo made a move toward the leader, but McCarthy let out a notch after the fence and quickly scooted away from his only serious challenger.
Trained by Doug Fout, Pleasant Woodman scored his second victory of the year and his second at Aiken. He won a $15,000 maiden hurdle at the Aiken Spring meet.