Edith R. Dixon’s Schoodic remained unbeaten over fences when he powered to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Dogwood Classic allowance hurdle, the featured race of the second annual Dogwood Classic meet at Colonial Downs in Virginia on Saturday, April 5.
In the afternoon’s other steeplechase action, Irvin S. Naylor’s For Non Stop was unstoppable in the $25,000 Sandhills Cup at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in Raeford, N.C., and won by 27 1/2 lengths over Betsy Mead’s Forgotten Man.
In the 2 1/4-mile Dogwood Classic, reigning champion jockey Paddy Young kept Schoodic at the back of the field as Virginia Friendship Farm’s Cognashene set the early pace under Jacob Roberts. Frances Hill Myers’ Rudyard K made a middle move toward the lead but then dropped back again.
Young put Schoodic to work on the turn, and jumped to the lead in the stretch. Rudyard K under Richard Boucher made a late move to finish second, and Cognashene finished third. Trained by Jack Fisher, Schoodic ran the Dogwood Classic distance in 4:15.60 on firm turf.
Schoodic won last year’s three-year-old championship with victories in the Gladstone Stakes at Far Hills, N.J., and the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial at the Colonial Cup meet in Camden, S.C. His workmanlike victory in the Dogwood Classic marks him as a horse to watch in this year’s novice competition.
For Non Stop’s runaway victory in the Sandhills Cup also marks him as a horse to watch in the open ranks. Kieran Norris, taking over for the injured Roddy Mackenzie, guided For Non Stop to the easy win. Trained by Cyril Murphy, the veteran Irish-bred gelding ran the Sandhills Cup’s 2 3/8 miles in 4:28.60 on firm turf.