International Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, October 27, 2018

First Race
Purse $40,000    The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Renown (GB) 154Jack DoyleMerriebelle Stable, LLCElizabeth Voss$24,000
2Dynaformersrequest 154Sean McDermottNoble StablesJack Fisher$7,200
3Foxhall Drive 154Gerard GalliganCristina V. MosbyJimmy Day$4,000
FGold Braid 150Michael MitchellWilliam M. Russell & Yadkin FarmNeil R. Morris 
OCRenegade River *149Eric PoretzWits End Farm LLCWilliam Dowling 
OCJunonia 150Darren NagleButtonwood FarmJonathan E. Sheppard 
PUKing of the Road 154Kieran NorrisEllerslie FarmJeff Murphy 
PUForever Bernardini 154Willie McCarthyLucy A. GoeletAlicia S. Murphy 
PUTheydon Grey (GB) *149Bethany BaumgardnerPetticoats Loose FarmMeriwether L. Morris 

Renown was rated off the early pace, advanced steadily in the final half mile to lead over the last two fences and drew away in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:25 3/5   Turf: soft

Renown (GB), ch. g. 2011, by Champs Elysees (GB) out of Fame at Last, by Quest For Fame (GB). Bred by Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB)

Second Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon Stakes    Timber Stakes    3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Katnap (Fr) 160Darren NagleWits End Farm LLCWilliam Dowling$24,000
2Able Archer 160Michael MitchellKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard$7,200
3Just Wait and See (Ire) 160Jack DoyleKinross FarmRichard L. Valentine$4,000
4Kingofalldiamonds 160Kieran NorrisNoble StablesNeil R. Morris$2,000
5Boogie Biz 160Mark BeecherHappenstance and HarryMark Beecher$1,600
6Pured It 160Gerard GalliganKatherine NeilsonKatherine Neilson$1,200
PUPortamento 160Barry FoleyJeremy J. GillamJeremy J. Gillam 

Just Wait and See set the pace stalked by Katnap, who took the lead on the final turn and won handily. Able Archer got up for second and Just Wait and See was third.

Winning Margin: 6 1/4   Winning Time: 6:27   Turf: soft

Katnap (Fr), dk.b./br. g. 2007, by Sleeping Car (Fr) out of Kittygale (Ire), by Strong Gale (Ire). Bred by Susan Angela Bramall (Fr)

Third Race
Purse $45,000    The Orlando Heart of the District Allowance Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Elucidation (Ire) 152Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$27,000
2Go Get the Basil 156Willie McCarthyEve LedyardRicky Hendriks$8,100
3Set to Music 156Gerard GalliganMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Katherine Neilson$4,500
4First Friday 148Barry FoleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$2,250
5Flash Jackson *147Eric PoretzAnn JacksonTodd J. Wyatt$1,800
6Sail Ahoy 156Ross GeraghtyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks$1,350
7Aydoun (Ire) 152Michael MitchellMark W. Buyck, Jr.Arch Kingsley, Jr. 
8Castle Hill 148Jack DoyleWilliam L. PapeRichard L. Valentine 

Elucidation was confidently ridden while racing off the pace in a tightly bunched field. Elucidation launched a winning move around the outside on the final turn, joined Flash Jackson and Sail Ahoy over the last and romped home alone.

Winning Margin: 24 1/4   Winning Time: 4:13 2/5   Turf: soft

Elucidation (Ire), b. g. 2014, by Oasis Dream (GB) out of Mimalia, by Silver Hawk. Bred by Niarchos Family (Ire)

Fourth Race
Purse $75,000    The David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial Hurdle Handicap    Hurdle Hdcp Stakes    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Optimus Prime (Fr) 158Ross GeraghtyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks$45,000
2Sempre Medici (Fr) 148Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$13,500
3Schoodic 144Willie McCarthyEdith R. DixonJack Fisher$7,500
4Show Court (Ire) 146Michael MitchellMark W. Buyck, Jr.Arch Kingsley, Jr.$3,750
5Personal Start 144Barry FoleyMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine$3,000
6No Wunder (GB) 142Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss$2,250

Optimus Prime was reserved slightly off the pace that was set by Sempre Medici and Personal Start, took the lead over the last fence and romped winning as his rider pleased. This was an over powering performance.

Winning Margin: 18 1/4   Winning Time: 4:13 2/5   Turf: soft

Optimus Prime (Fr), b. g. 2012, by Deportivo (GB) out of Diluvienne (Fr), by Kaldoun (Fr). Bred by Haras de Palsence (Fr)

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., Michael Hankin, & Charles NoellJack Fisher$45,000
2Super Saturday 165Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorKatherine Neilson$13,500
3Le Chevalier 165Jack DoyleMichael A. SmithJulie Gomena$7,500
LRRodriguez (Ire) 165Mark BeecherKiplin HallWilliam Dowling 
PUStand Down (Ire) 165Eric PoretzFrank A. Bonsal, Jr.Joseph G. Davies 

Doc Cebu led the first time around with Le Chevalier rated slightly off the pace. The second time around Le Chevalier went to the front with Doc Cebu close behind. These two dueled for the lead until the head of the stretch where Doc Cebu reclaimed control. Doc Cebu won going away while holding off Super Saturday. Le Chevalier faded to third.

Winning Margin: 5 1/4   Winning Time: 7:52 4/5   Turf: soft

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
1Deposit 150Barry FoleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$18,000
2Venture Forth 155Willie McCarthyDesmond FogartyDesmond Fogarty$5,400
3Anticipating 150Darren NagleMrs. Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.Jonathan E. Sheppard$3,000
4Optical Illusion 155Ross GeraghtyAlexandra S. WhiteAlexandra S. White$1,500
5Include It *145Amelia McGuirkRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt$1,200
6Bet the Pot 150Richard BoucherJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard$900
7Magical Lemon *150Brett OwingsNancy RobertsSuzie O. Owings 
8Catauga County 150Gerard GalliganPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris 
9Tiepolo (Ire) *145Bethany BaumgardnerPetticoats Loose FarmMeriwether Morris 
10Dai Bando (Ire) 155Sean McDermottDaybreak Stables, Inc.Jimmy Day 
11Gio Lemon 150Kieran NorrisMatthew S. CahirNeil R. Morris 
12Tom Hagen 150Jack DoyleGordon C. KeysElizabeth Voss 
13Red Mist (Arg) 155Michael MitchellMarsha HewittArch Kingsley, Jr. 

Deposit was never far back in this big field, went to the front at the head of the stretch and won in hand.

Winning Margin: 4   Winning Time: 2:51   Turf: soft

Deposit, dk.b./br. g. 2015, by Gio Ponti out of Dynaverse, by Dynastic.

Seventh Race
Purse $30,000    The VHBPA Maiden Flat    Maiden Filly & Mare Flat    1 1/2 miles on the turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Shrove Tuesday 150Michael MitchellPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$18,000
2Go as You Please 150Barry FoleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$5,400
3Paris Lady 150Jack DoyleBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$3,000
4Ray de Light 155Kieran NorrisHeather AustinMark Beecher$1,500
5Izzy's Mark 150Richard BoucherMike DaltonSusan S. Cooney$1,200
6Smokin Caraquena 145Ross GeraghtyWykham View StablesCarl Rafter$900
7Battle Fleet 155Xavier AizpuruJeremy J. GillamJeremy J. Gillam 
8Jes Sensational ***140Suzanne StettiniusFlying Horse FarmJazz Napravnik 

Shrove Tuesday was far back in the early going, gained ground steadily on the back side and around the far turn to take the lead in mid stretch. He won going away over Go As You Please

Winning Margin: 2 1/4   Winning Time: 2:52 2/5   Turf: soft

Shrove Tuesday, b. f. 2015, by Kitten's Joy out of Romance Project, by Not For Love. Bred by Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (Ky)

Eighth Race
Purse $35,000    The Old Dominion Turf Championship    Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Accountable 155Ross GeraghtyLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan$21,000
2Jump Ship 155Richard BoucherWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher$6,300
3Talk Less 155Michael MitchellPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$3,500
4Complete St. *142Eric PoretzHarlan J. CrossmanLilith Boucher$1,750
5Officer's Oath 150Sean McDermottS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day$1,400
6Envious Bid 150Gerard GalliganJason L. WhitsonBelinda Whitson$1,050
7Willisville 150Kieran NorrisJean L. RofeJean L. Rofe 

Accountable was never far off the pace, took command at the head of the stretch and held off Jump Ship, who rallied but was second best.

Winning Margin: 1 1/4   Winning Time: 2:31 2/5   Turf: soft

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