Kinross Farm’s More Tea Vicar went to the lead at the start of the $25,000 Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial and turned back all challenges to win the race for three-year-olds at the Colonial Cup Races on Saturday, Nov. 17, and claim the title for American steeplechasing’s youngest competitors.
Ridden confidently by Bernie Dalton, More Tea Vicar won by 1 3/4 lengths over The Fields Stable’s Kingdom. The Congaree gelding ran the Woolfe’s two miles in3:34.60 on firm ground.
More Tea Vicar scored his first victory over fences after two second-place finishes, most recently in the $25,000 Gladstone Stakes atFar Hills, N.J., on Oct. 20. The Gladstone winner, Top Man Michael, challenged More Tea Vicar entering the stretch in the Woolfe but fell at the last fence.
“He improved a little bit to this race,” trainer Neil Morris said of More Tea Vicar. “He wanted to get it done.”