Two’s Company capped his 2016 timber championship with a victory in the National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, and Bruton Street-US’s Irish-bred will be attempting to get his 2018 season on track in the $40,000 featured race at Saturday’s 64th annual Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg.
The festivities at Glenwood Race Course will encompass eight races, including several that drew oversubscribed fields with long also-eligible lists. First post time is 1 p.m.
Trained by Jack Fisher, Two’s Company has made two starts this year and most recently finished third in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial after being pulled up in the Middleburg Hunt Cup. Sean McDermott will ride.
Irv Naylor, last year’s champion timber owner, was represented in the entries for the 3 1/4-mile National Sporting Library Cup by Ebanour and Super Saturday. Trained by Cyril Murphy, Ebanour finished fourth in the Virginia Gold Cup after winning the May classic in the previous two years. Darren Nagle will ride.
Kathy Neilson trains Naylor’s Super Saturday, who won the Middleburg Hunt Cup and finished third in the Virginia Gold Cup. He came back in two weeks to finish fourth in the Radnor Hunt Cup on very soft turf. Gerard Galligan will ride.
Neilson also entered Sycamore Run Farm’s Pured It, who was third in the Radnor Hunt Cup. Ebanour and Pured It both are cross-entered in Saturday’s Genesee Valley Hunt Cup.
Jack Doyle, currently atop the jockey standings by wins, has the mount on Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier, who finished second in both the Middleburg Hunt Cup and the Virginia Gold Cup. The nine-year-old Broken Vow gelding is trained by Julie Gomena.
Mark Beecher, a champion timber and amateur jockey, has the mount on Kiplin Hall’s Rodriguez for trainer Willie Dowling. Fourth in last year’s National Sporting Library Cup after winning Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, Rodriguez finished sixth in this year’s Legacy Chase on Sept. 29.
Completing the field is Gordonsdale Farm’s Canyon Road, who finished fourth in the Legacy Chase. Trainer Christopher Kolb named Kieran Norris to ride.
Here is the field for the $40,000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup in post-position order.
Canyon Road. 2009 ch. g., Service Stripe—Observe, by Patton. Owner: Gordonsdale Farm. Trainer: Christopher Kolb. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Gordonsdale Farm (W.Va.) 2018 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,250. 2017 record: 4-0-1-0, $6,600. 2016 record: 5-2-0-1, $25,250. Finished fourth in Shawan Downs’ 2018 Legacy Chase. Pulled up in 2018 Radnor Hunt Cup on soft turf. Finished fifth in 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup before 10th in Shawan’s Legacy Chase. Opened 2017 season with second in Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was pulled up in Virginia Gold Cup.
Le Chevalier. 2009 g. or ro. g., Broken Vow—Orellana, by With Approval. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Haras du Mezeray (Ky.) 2018 record: 2-0-2-0, $23,400. 2017 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. 2016 record: 5-2-1-0, $49,250. Finished second in 2018 Virginia Gold Cup and Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished third in the 2017 My Lady’s Manor. Won the 2016 New Jersey Hunt Cup by 11 lengths. Broke through for a decisive victory in division of John Rush Streett Memorial maiden timber race at 2016 My Lady’s Manor, then was second in Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois Steeplechase.
Two’s Company (Ire). 2009 b. g., Soviet Star—Gaye Lady, by Pistolet Bleu (Ire). Owner: Bruton Street-U.S. Trainer Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeders: M. W. and Mrs. M. Doran (Ire). 2018 record: 2-0-0-1, $5,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2016 record: 6-4-2-0, $103,200. Timber champion 2016. Finished third in 2018 Mason Houghland Memorial after being pulled up in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Fell in late stages of 2017 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was pulled up in Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois Steeplechase. Opened 2016 with victories in Middleburg Hunt Cup and Carolina Cup’s C. P. and Edith Wills DuBose Cup, then closed for second in Virginia Gold Cup. Won 2016 Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs and Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup before second in International Gold Cup.
Pured It. 2009 b. g., Purim—Judiths Humor, by Hennessy. Owner: Sycamore Run Farm. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Ashleigh Stud, Frank Ramos, and Jackie Ramos (Ky.) 2018 record: 3-0-1-1, $10,050. 2016 record: 2-1-0-0, $10,200. Closed powerfully to finish second in 2018 Willowdale Steeplechase, then finished third in Radnor Hunt Cup. Missed the 2017 season and returned with fourth in John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber allowance at 2018 My Lady’s Manor. In first timber start and first jumps start in almost two years, won High Hope’s 2016 Jay Trump maiden hurdle by 10 1/4 lengths.
Ebanour (Ire). 2007 ch. g., Indian Ridge—Ebadilya, by Sadler’s Wells. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeders: Aga Khan’s Studs (Ire). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $5,000. 2017 record: 5-2-1-0, $89,150. 2016 record: 4-3-0-0, $78,000. Finished fourth in 2018 Virginia Gold Cup. Won Virginia Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in 2016 and 2017. His 18-length win at Unionville followed fifth in 2017 New Jersey Hunt Cup. Was disqualified to second from win in 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup. Won 2015 New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Rodriguez (Ire). 2007 dk. b. or br. g., High Chapparal (Ire)—Sofia Aurora, by Chief Honcho. Owner: Kiplin Hall. Trainer: William Dowling. Jockey: Mark Beecher. Breeder: Michael G. Daly (Ire). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $750. 2017 record: 5-1-0-2, $27,000. 2016 record: 3-1-1-0, $12,700. Finished sixth in Shawan Downs’ 2018 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase. Won Shawan’s 2017 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, then was fourth in Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library and Museum Cup and third in International Gold Cup.
Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2018 record: 3-1-0-1, $29,500. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. 2016 record: 5-0-1-0, $4,550. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2017 New Jersey Hunt Cup and third in Steeplechase at Callaway timber allowance after fourth in Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National, then fell at fourth fence of Maryland Hunt Cup and was fifth in Willowdale Steeplechase.