Two’s Company, always in good position under Sean McDermott, surged from midpack two fences from home and drew clear to an easy 6 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, the featured timber race of the Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg.
The National Sporting Library was the fourth win of the year for Two’s Company, who is owned by Bruton Street-US and trained by Jack Fisher. He ran the 3 1/4 miles in 7:15.60 on turf rated as soft.
Michael Wharton’s Grinding Speed, the reigning timber champion, finished second, matching his 2015 performance. He was 1 1/4 lengths clear of Charlie Fenwick’s Puller, who edged Canyon Road for the show spot.
In his previous start, Two’s Company won the Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs in suburban Baltimore on Sept. 24. His only defeat this season was the Virginia Gold Cup, in which he finished second to Ebanour, who lost his jockey in Saturday’s Genesee Valley Hunt Cup.