International Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, October 26, 2019

First Race
Purse $40,000    The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Brianbakescookies 154Willie McCarthyMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher$24,000
2Royal Drumlee (Ire) 154Brian LinehanIrvin S. NaylorLeslie F. Young$7,200
3You're No Better (GB) 150Gerard GalliganArmata StablesRicky Hendriks$4,000
4Lonely Weekend 148Paul O'NeillRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt$2,000
5Gold Shield 154Graham WattersCaroline CollombNeil R. Morris$1,600
6Gowith Theterrain 154Sean McDermottPort Lairge Stables and Holwood StableMark Beecher$1,200
7Fashion Line 142Ross GeraghtyMagalen O. BryantDoug Fout 
8Compass Zone 154Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss 
PUShark Du Berlais (Fr) 154Michael MitchellDASH StableJack Fisher 
PUBuy Mistake (Fr) 154Darren NagleBruton Street-USWilliam Dowling 

Brianbakescookies raced close to the pace that was set by Royal Drumlee and Fashion Line. When Fashion Line faded Brianbakescookies moved into second place on the backside, took the lead on the final turn, led over the last and proved best under a vigorous ride to the finish

Winning Margin: 4 3/4   Winning Time: 4:12 3/5   Turf: firm

Brianbakescookies, ch. g. 2013, by Giant's Causeway out of Kickin' the Clouds, by Dixieland Band. Bred by Patricia Pavlish (Ky)

Second Race
Purse $25,000    The Ratings Handicap Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Ebullience 154Darren NagleJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard$15,000
2Gaye Breeze (Ire) 157Sean McDermottPetticoats Loose FarmMeriwether H. Morris$4,500
3Hepcat 158Gerard GalliganJonathan E. Sheppard and Steven PoormanJonathan E. Sheppard$2,500
4Tomgarrow (Ire) *153Brian LinehanLeipers Fork Steeplechasers LLCLeslie F. Young$1,250
5Other Cheek 158Michael MitchellWoodslane FarmJack Fisher$1,000
6Aardwolf 158Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss$750
7Undisclosed (Ire) 158Ross GeraghtySharon E. SheppardDoug Fout 
8Ack Feisty 151Graham WattersMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Neil R. Morris 
9Set to Music ***152Skylar McKennaMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Katherine S. Neilson 

Ebulience set most of the pace, jumped the last with Hepcat and Tomgarrow and proved best in the strretch. Gaye Breeze finished well but just missed.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 4:05   Turf: firm

Ebullience, dk.b./br. g. 2012, by Fairbanks out of Effervescent, by Citidancer. Bred by Jonathan E. Sheppard (Pa)

Third Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon Stakes    Timber Stakes    3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Dapper Dan 160Graham WattersDonna T. RogersNeil R. Morris$24,000
2Mercoeur (Fr) 160Jack DoyleBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$7,200
3Invocation (Fr) 160Sean McDermottStraylight Racing, LLCMark Beecher$4,000
4Just Wait and See (Ire) 160Hadden FrostKinross FarmRichard L. Valentine$2,000
5Balistes 160Paul O'NeillSara E. ColletteJulie Gomena$1,600
6Cocodimama 160Willie McCarthyBon Nouvel Chasers LLCJulie Gomena$1,200
7Katnap (Fr) 160Darren NagleKiplin HallWilliam Dowling 
PUDays of Heaven (Fr) 160Michael MitchellMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher 

Dapper Dan was never far off the pace, dueled with Just Wait and See and Mercoeur around the final turn, led over the last fence and won as his rider pleased. Mercoeur ran well but was no match for the winner.

Winning Margin: 5 1/2   Winning Time: 6:04 2/5   Turf: firm

Dapper Dan, b. g. 2012, by Pleasantly Perfect out of Wardrobe, by War Chant. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone (Va)

Fourth Race
Purse $45,000    The Orlando Heart of the District Allowance Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Skydiving 152Ross GeraghtyHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$27,000
2Big Bend 152Graham WattersKinross FarmNeil R. Morris$8,100
3Iconic Artist 156Jack DoyleWillow Oaks Stables, LLCElizabeth Voss$4,500
4Jump Ship 156Richard BoucherWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher$2,250
5Last Shani 152Darren NagleMrs. Calvin HoughlandJonathan E. Sheppard$1,800
FFull Time Party (Ire) 156Gerard GalliganMeadow Run FarmRicky Hendriks 
PURepeat Repeat 156Sean McDermottBon Nouvel Chasers LLCJulie Gomena 

Skydiving made most of the running with Big Bend and Jump Ship close behind. Jump Ship tired, but Big Bend kept the pressure on Skydiving who held on in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 4:06 3/5   Turf: firm

Skydiving, dk.b./br. g. 2015, by Jump Start out of Solitary Strife, by Fit to Fight. Bred by Jonathan Sheppard & Hudson River Farms (Pa)

Fifth Race
Purse $75,000    The David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial Hurdle Stakes    Hurdle Hdcp Stakes    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Gibralfaro (Ire) 146Michael MitchellRiverdee StableJack Fisher$45,000
2Hinterland (Fr) 144Willie McCarthyHarold A. Via, Jr.Jack Fisher$13,500
3Lethal Steps (GB) 144Gerard GalliganCrocodile Pockets SyndicateRicky Hendriks$7,500
4Zanjabeel (GB) 158Jack DoyleRosbrian Farm and Meadow Run FarmRicky Hendriks$3,750
5Rashaan (Ire) 154Brian LinehanBruton Street-USLeslie F. Young$3,000
6Balance the Budget 150Ross GeraghtyStonelea Stables LLCJulie Gomena$2,250
LRNo Wunder (GB) 142Sean McDermottRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss 
LRSempre Medici (Fr) 148Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy 

Gibralfaro was content to let Balance the Budget and Sempre Medici set the pace. He made his move on the final turn, and avoided contact with the loose horse that had caused Sempre Medici to lose his rider. Gibralfaro was challenged by Zanjabeel at the second fence from the finish but pulled away and held off Hinterland's late rally.

Winning Margin: 3 1/2   Winning Time: 3:57 1/5   Turf: firm

Gibralfaro (Ire), b. g. 2012, by Dalakhani (Ire) out of Ronda (GB), by Bluebird. Bred by Sarl Darpat France (Ire)

Sixth Race
Purse $75,000    The International Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    3 1/2 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Schoodic 165Hadden FrostMrs. John R. S. FisherJack Fisher$45,000
2Andi'amu (Fr) 165Jack DoyleBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$13,500
3Super Saturday 165Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorKatherine S. Neilson$7,500
4Codrington College (Ire) 165Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$3,750
5Curve of Stones 165Paul O'NeillS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke$3,000

Schoodic went to the front at the start, but Andi'amu quickly took over, and Schoodic assumed a stalking role. With three fences remaining Schoodic took the lead but Andi'amu dug in and continued to apply pressure on Schoodic but to no avail. Schoodic was pulling away at the finish.

Winning Margin: 2 1/2   Winning Time: 7:15 3/5   Turf: firm

Schoodic, b. g. 2010, by Tiznow out of Aunt Henny, by Hennessy. Bred by Edith R. Dixon (Ky)

Seventh 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
2Vincent Van Gogo 155Graham WattersFlying Elvis StableNeil R. Morris$6,300
3Speed Gracer 155Darren NagleQuest RealtySusan S. Cooney$3,500
4Eryx ***145Emme FulliloveSara E. ColletteJulie Gomena$1,750
5Arkadag *150Paul O'NeillLisa NelmsDavid M. Bourke$1,400
6Galaxy Express 155Richard BoucherMason Hardaway LamptonLilith Boucher$1,050
7Masquerader ***139Michael WoodsonBallyerin Racing LLCMadison F. Meyers 
8Dragonthorn Steed 145Skylar McKennaS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 
9Ready Set Shop 142Brian LinehanNicki ValvoNicki Valvo 
OCRitual Way 152Gerard GalliganRidgeview FarmNeil R. Morris 

Accountable won his third straight Old Dominion Turf Championship race by leading most of the race. Vincent Van Gogo rallied in the final furlong but could not reach the winner.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 2:22 3/5   Turf: firm

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