Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Sergeant Karakorum moved on pacesetter Lake Placid before the final fence of the $40,000 Georgia Cup and pulled away to a five-length victory over Wantan in the feature race of the 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase in Kingston on Saturday, April 14.
Mede Cahaba Stable’s Class Indian finished third, and Irvin S. Naylor’s Lake Placid held on for fourth. Dr. Wheat finished fifth. Sergeant Karakorum ran the Georgia Cup’s two miles in 3:35.60 on firm ground.
Lake Placid, the reigning novice champion, went out early under jockey Ross Geraghty in the stakes race for novices, or horses in their first years of competition over fences. Jockey Brian Crowley held Sergeant Karakorum in midpack before making his move on the final turn of the Kingston course.
Lake Placid held onto the lead until the final National Fence, while Sergeant Karakorum and Wantan jumped the obstacle together. Sergeant Karakorum pulled away through the stretch to lock up his second victory over fences.
A New York-bred by Thunderello, six-year-old Sergeant Karakorum had scored his first victory last fall in a Colonial Cup maiden race in Camden, S.C. He opened the 2012 season with a good second in an optional allowance at the Carolina Cup in Camden on March 31.