International Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, October 28, 2017

First Race
Purse $40,000    The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Barnacle Bill (Ire) 154Jack DoyleThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$24,000
2Moss Code 154Gustav DahlIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$7,200
3Expedient *145Keith DaltonLouisa Stevenson, Achsah O'Donovan and Cheyenne Stables LLCAlicia S. Murphy$4,000
4I Am Not Here (Ire) 154Michael MitchellKoo's Racing ClubTodd J. Wyatt$2,000
5Willie's Mojo *145Barry FoleyRandolph D. Rouse TrustDavid M. Bourke$1,600
6Carnival Carl 154Kieran NorrisDavid Belt, Jr.Mark Beecher$1,200
7Hoppala (Ire) 150Mark WattsColvin G. RyanJulie Gomena 
LRFoxhall Drive 154Darren NagleCristina V. MosbyJimmy Day 
LRRollforward 154Gonzague CottreauBlythe Miller DaviesJoseph G. Davies 
OCJump to Juneau *145Keri BrionKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard 

Barnacle Bill was rated off the early pace, assumed the lead from Foxhall Drive on the backside and steadily widened in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 7 1/4   Winning Time: 4:13 3/5   Turf: good

Barnacle Bill (Ire), gr./ro. g. 2012, by Big Bad Bob out of Katch Me Katie (GB), by Danehill. Bred by Irish National Stud (Ire)

Second Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon    Timber Stakes    3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Preseli Rock (Ire) 160Hadden FrostBruton Street-USJack Fisher$24,000
2Boogie Biz 160Mark BeecherHappenstance and HarryMark Beecher$7,200
3Saluda Sam 160Sean McDermottIrvin S. NaylorWilliam Meister$4,000
4On The Corner 160Keith DaltonIvy Hill Stable, LLCAlicia S. Murphy$2,000
5Triton Light 160Darren NagleNicki ValvoNicki Valvo$1,600
FHishi Soar 160Kieran NorrisRandolph D. Rouse TrustKevin Palmer 
LRSecret Soul 160Byron MoorcroftJeff MurphyJeff Murphy 

Preseli Rock was reserved off the early pace that was set by Secret Soul. When Secret Soul lost his rider, Preseli Rock stalked Saluda Sam, who assumed the lead. Presili Rock moved to challenge Saluda Sam as the field turned for home. These two jumped the second last as a team, but Presili Rock led over the last and won easily.

Winning Margin: 7   Winning Time: 5:55   Turf: good

Preseli Rock (Ire), ch. g. 2010, by Flemensfirth out of Chantoue Royale (Fr), by Cadoudal (Fr). Bred by Patrick Cullinan and Sandra Bromley (Ire)

Third Race
Purse $45,000    The Orlando Innovation Chase    Allowance Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Personal Start 152Barry FoleyMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine$27,000
2Lord Justice (Ire) 148Sean McDermottBruton Street-USJack Fisher$8,100
3Hanno *151Keith DaltonMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher$4,500
4Any Given Royal 156Michael MitchellWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks$2,250
5L'aigle Royal (Ger) ***142Alex LeventhalStraylight Racing, LLCLeslie F. Young$1,800
6Unsinkable (Ire) 152Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss$1,350
PUPaddy's Crown 152Darren NagleMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine 
PUGiza 156Kieran NorrisWilliam L. PapeJonathan E. Sheppard 

Personal Start went to the lead at once with Unsinkable in his shadow. When Unsinkable faded on the backside, Personal Start assumed command and drew away in the final three furlongs to win easily.

Winning Margin: 5   Winning Time: 4:08   Turf: good

Personal Start, dk.b./br. g. 2011, by Jump Start out of Personal Doreen, by Personal Flag. Bred by Magalen O. Bryant (Ky)

Fourth Race
Purse $75,000    The David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial Hurdle Stakes    Hurdle Hdcp Stakes    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Balance the Budget 152Mark WattsStonelea Stables LLCJulie Gomena$45,000
2Charminster (Ire) 154Carol-Ann SloanIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$13,500
3Curve of Stones 140Barry FoleyS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke$7,500
4Schoodic 154Sean McDermottEdith R. DixonJack Fisher$3,750
5Alajmal 144Michael MitchellGregory D. HawkinsJanet Elliot$3,000

Balance the Budget opened up a big lead immediately and was never challenged. Charminster closed some ground in the final half mile but it was too little too late.

Winning Margin: 9 1/4   Winning Time: 4:07 2/5   Turf: good

Balance the Budget, ch. g. 2009, by Bellamy Road out of Every Day Is Good, by El Corredor. Bred by Liberation Farm & Oratis (Ky)

Fifth Race
Purse $75,000    The International Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    3 1/2 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Doc Cebu 165Hadden FrostCharles C. Fenwick, Jr.Jack Fisher$45,000
2Grand Manan 165Darren NagleArmata StablesWilliam Meister$13,500
3Rodriguez (Ire) 165Jack DoyleKiplin HallWilliam Dowling$7,500
LRTouchdowntony 165Gonzague CottreauIrvin L. Crawford, IIJoseph G. Davies 
PUWorried Man 165Kieran NorrisFour Virginia GentsDoug Fout 

The first two times around the course the field that remained after Touchdowntony lost his rider at the first fence was tightly bunched with Grand Manan dictating the pace. Doc Cebu took the lead from Grand Manan approaching the second last fence and drew away to win easily.

Winning Margin: 11 3/4   Winning Time: 6:57 2/5   Turf: good

Doc Cebu, b. g. 2010, by Hard Spun out of Berga, by Jade Hunter. Bred by Graceville Breeding (Ky)

Sixth Race
Purse $30,000    The VHBPA Maiden Flat    1 1/2 Miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Cross Current *145Amelia McGuirkMark B. GrierTodd J. Wyatt$18,000
2Last Shani *145Keri BrionMrs. Calvin HoughlandJonathan E. Sheppard$5,400
3Tir Na Nog 155Gustav DahlMrs. Thomas H. VossElizabeth Voss$3,000
4Milliner 150Jack DoyleThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$1,500
5Conquest Falcon 150Barry FoleyRunnymede Racing LLCEdward L. Graham$1,200
6Mo's in the House 155Mark WattsOver Creek Stables LLCJulie Gomena$900
7Shackleton 150Sean McDermottRed Rock FarmEdward Mulligan 
8Stay Awesome 150Michael MitchellWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks 
9Macue *145Keith DaltonLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan 
10Eryx 150Byron MoorcroftSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris 
11Longing to Travel 155Kieran NorrisBuckshot Racing Stables LLCNeil R. Morris 
12Notion Motion 155Mike WoodsonEMO StablesDonald Yovanovich 

Cross Current rallied from off the pace and saved ground around the final turn. He was in contention as the field turned for home, took the lead in the final furlong and held off Last Shani, who rallied on the outside.

Winning Margin: 1 1/4   Winning Time: 3:14 2/5   Turf: good

Cross Current, gr./ro. g. 2014, by Macho Uno out of Rowdy, by Malibu Moon. Bred by Mark B. Grier (Ky)

Seventh Race
Purse $30,000    The VHBPA Maiden Flat    Maiden Filly & Mare Flat    1 1/2 miles on the turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1War Baby 155Michael MitchellWilliam L. PapeEdward L. Graham$18,000
2Daniella *145Keith DaltonLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan$5,400
3Dawn Wall 155Jack DoyleThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$3,000
4So Far Away 155Byron MoorcroftBetsy B. MeadDoug Fout$1,500
5Bullet Star 150Gustav DahlBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$1,200
6Speedygalee 150Darren NagleMrs. Timothy J. GardnerElizabeth M. Merryman$900
7Golden Mittens 150Kieran NorrisWilliam M. Backer Revocable TrustMadison F. Meyers 
8Slug and Jockey (Ire) 155Sean McDermottCross Racing Stable LLCEdward Mulligan 
9Naughty in Nola *145Keri BrionNicki ValvoZoe Valvo 

War Baby rallied on the ouside around the final turn, took the lead in the final furlong and won going away.

Winning Margin: 4   Winning Time: 2:43   Turf: good

War Baby, b. f. 2013, by Lemon Drop Kid out of Somme, by Paavo. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. William L. Pape (Pa)

Eighth Race
Purse $35,000    The Old Dominion Turf Championship    Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Accountable 140Michael MitchellLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan$21,000
2Balistes 145Byron MoorcroftSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris$6,300
3Hooping *150Keith DaltonRon G. PottsRon G. Potts$3,500
4Sanculpa 155Darren NagleArmata StablesKatherine Neilson$1,750
5Officer's Oath 155Sean McDermottS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day$1,400
6Indian Ambush 150Jack DoyleEdward MulliganEdward Mulligan$1,050
7Super Bird 155Barry FoleyR. Robert KirkEdward Mulligan 
8Dream Of Peace 150Gustav DahlLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan 
PUCryptos' Holiday 155Kieran NorrisMagalen O. BryantDoug Fout 

Winning Margin: 2 1/4   Winning Time: 3:14 2/5   Turf: good

Accountable, b. g. 2011, by Cosa Vera out of Seeking Allie, by Seeking Daylight. Bred by Lady Olivia at North Cliff, LLC (Va)