Mimi Voss’ Tizsilk, sharpened on the flat by trainer Tom Voss, held off Magalen O. Bryant’s Air Maggy to win the $20,000 Charleston Cup, the feature race of the rejuvenated Charleston Cup Races in South Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Tizsilk, ridden by Danielle Hodsdon, prevailed by a nose over Air Maggy, with Brian Crowley in the saddle for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Gene Weymouth’s Wild for Gold took third in the optional allowance race, and Gregory D. Hawkins’ Red Letter Day finished fourth in a well-balanced field of nine. Tizsilk ran the Charleston Cup’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:09 on firm turf.
Tizsilk scored his second victory of the year, after a score in the Sandhills Cup, an allowance hurdle at the Stoneybrook Races in North Carolina on April 9. Voss prepared the six-year-old Tiznow gelding for the Charleston Cup with a win in a Delaware Park flat race on Sept. 26.
The Charleston Cup victory gave Voss a one-race advantage over Sheppard in the battle for the year’s training title by victories. Voss now has 15 to Sheppard’s 14.
Bernie Dalton rode two winners on the four-race program, aboard Bryant’s Enchanted Circle in the $15,000 maiden hurdle and Cat Feathers in the second division of the $10,000 maiden claiming hurdle. Cat Feathers is owned and trained by the jockey’s wife, Kate Dalton.
The first division of the maiden claiming hurdle was won by Robin Hanson’s Southern Admiral, ridden by Mark Watts.