International Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow Race Course, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, October 24, 2020

First Race
Purse $20,000    Maiden Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Douglas Road 154Michael MitchellRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt$12,000
2Eryx 154Darren NagleSara E. ColletteMadison F. Meyers$3,600
3Hail Michigan 150Graham WattersWilliam F. C. Marlow, Jr.Joseph G. Davies$2,000
4Arkadag *149Archie MacAuleyLisa NelmsDavid M. Bourke$1,400
5Cause for Pardon 154Thomas GarnerBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$1,000
6Princeville (NZ) 154Barry FoleyFearnought Farm LLCDoug Fout 
PUSea Mast 150Sean McDermottMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine 
PUChetzeron (Fr) 150Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorJonathan E. Sheppard 
PUMaster Gunner 154Ross GeraghtyWillow Oaks StableElizabeth Voss 
PUWestern Crusader 154Bernard DaltonVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCKate Dalton 

Douglas Road was never far from the lead and jumped the last hurdle as a team with Eryx. These two battled to the finish with Douglas Road narrowly best.

Winning Margin: neck   Winning Time: 4:00 4/5   Turf: firm

Douglas Road, b. g. 2014, by The Factor out of Board Battle, by Seeking the Gold. Bred by William B. Harrigan (Ky)

Second Race
Purse $30,000    Ratings Handicap Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Anticipating ***134Parker HendriksSherry L. FenwickJonathan E. Sheppard$18,000
2New Member (Ire) 158Michael MitchellArmata StablesJack Fisher$5,400
3Cracker Factory (GB) 152Sean McDermottThe Hundred Acre FieldMark Beecher$3,000
4A Silent Player (Ire) 146Ross GeraghtyIrvin S. NaylorJonathan E. Sheppard$2,100
5French Light (Fr) 152Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorJonathan E. Sheppard$1,500
6Noah And The Ark (Ire) 151Thomas GarnerKeystone ThoroughbredsTodd McKenna 
7Go Get the Basil 147Bernard DaltonEve LedyardJonathan E. Sheppard 

Anticipating was on the pace from the start and was second over the last fence. He took the lead in the stretch and held off New Member whose rally fell short by a length. This was Parker Hendrik's first win over fences under rules.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:00   Turf: firm

Anticipating, b. g. 2015, by Overanalyze out of Confined, by Mojave Moon. Bred by Jonathan E. Sheppard (Pa)

Third Race
Purse $15,000    The Steeplethon    Timber    3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Invocation (Fr) 160Sean McDermottStraylight Racing, LLCMark Beecher$9,000
2Mercoeur (Fr) 160Thomas GarnerBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$2,700
3My Afleet 160Graham WattersJeffrey S. Aimling and Merriefield FarmMark Beecher$1,500
4Hepcat 160Gerard GalliganJonathan E. Sheppard and Steven PoormanJonathan E. Sheppard$1,050
5Peppay Le Pugh (Ire) 160Michael MitchellMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher$750
6Belisarius (Ire) 160Bernard DaltonGary Barber, Brous Stable, Wachtel StableKate Dalton 
7Brooklyn Speights *155McLane HendriksTurks Head TurfFenneka T. Bentley 
8Skydiving 160Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard 

Invocation was rated off the pace until the turn for home where he rallied. He jumped the last fence with Mercoeur and My Afleet. He landed running and quickly took complete command winning as his rider pleased.

Winning Margin: 8   Winning Time: 5:47 4/5   Turf: firm

Invocation (Fr), dk.b./br. g. 2013, by Intense Focus out of Fabiola (Ger), by Medicis (Arg). Bred by E.A.R.L. Elevage Des Loges (Fr)

Fourth Race
Purse $10,000    Maiden Claiming Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1He'll Do$15,000***142Parker HendriksSanna Neilson and John L. HuganirSanna P. Neilson$6,000
2Yankee Doodle Boy$10,000146Barry FoleyMelissa CantacuzeneDoug Fout$1,800
3Include It$15,000156Michael MitchellRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt$1,000
4Penitence$12,500145Gerard GalliganJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard$700
5Sim Card$10,000146Bernard DaltonVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCKate Dalton$500
6All Out of Aces$15,000156Graham WattersShannon Hill FarmNeil R. Morris 
7West Newton (GB)$15,000152Sean McDermottIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy 
8Scherzo $10,000*145Skylar McKennaSycamore Run FarmKatherine S. Neilson 
9Mr. Haire$10,000150Thomas GarnerJohn Greene and Patrick WorrallLeslie F. Young 
LRHuyana$15,000*151Archie MacAuleyEHB RacingJoseph G. Davies 

He'll Do was reserved off the pace, moved to third at the second last hurdle passed tiring horses and won easily. Yankee Doodle Boy and Include It came from the rear of the field but did not threaten the winner.

Winning Margin: 2 3/4   Winning Time: 4:09 1/5   Turf: firm

He'll Do, dk.b./br. g. 2016, by Mark Veleste out of Enchant, by War Chant. Bred by Brereton C. Jones (Fl)

Fifth Race
Purse $25,000    Ratings Handicap Hurdle    Ratings Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Galway Kid (Ire) 158Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$15,000
2Repeat Repeat 153Ross GeraghtyBon Nouvel Chasers LLCJulie Gomena$4,500
3Family Tree (GB) 158Barry FoleyIrvin S. NaylorNeil R. Morris$2,500
4Zanzi Win (Fr) *153Archie MacAuleyArmata StablesRicky Hendriks$1,750
5Espoir de Loire (Fr) 158Michael MitchellBruton Street-USJack Fisher$1,250
6Big Bend 154Graham WattersKinross FarmNeil R. Morris 
7Mr. Bridger *149McLane HendriksClarke OhrstromRichard L. Valentine 
8Baltimore Bucko (GB) 150Gerard GalliganButtonwood Farms LLCJonathan E. Sheppard 
9Our Legend (Ire) 156Sean McDermottRather Be RacingJack Fisher 
10Not In Charge ***144Teddy DaviesSheila J. Williams & Northwoods StablesJack Fisher 
PUCourt Ruler (Ire) 155Thomas GarnerLeipers Fork Steeplechasers LLCLeslie F. Young 

Repeat Repeat made most of the running with Galway Kid close behind. Galway Kid was second at the second last and proved best in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 2 3/4   Winning Time: 3:57 2/5   Turf: firm

Galway Kid (Ire), ch. g. 2015, by Sholokhov (Ire) out of She's My Aunt (Ire), by Beneficial (GB). Bred by Oliver Loughlin (Ire)

Sixth Race
Purse $25,000    The International Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    3 1/2 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Curve of Stones 165Barry FoleyS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke$15,000
2Super Saturday 165Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorKatherine S. Neilson$4,500
3Handsome Hoyt 165Bernard DaltonNancy A. ReedKatherine S. Neilson$2,500
FSatish (GB) 165Thomas GarnerBruton Street-USLeslie F. Young 
LROfficer Sydney (Ire) 165McLane HendriksWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks 
PUCodrington College (Ire) 165Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard 

Curve of Stones was reserved well off the pace, rallied around the last turn, took the lead approaching the second last and won handily.

Winning Margin: 7   Winning Time: 7:21 4/5   Turf: firm

Curve of Stones, gr. g. 2011, by Arch out of Exceptionally, by El Prado (Ire). Bred by Audley Farm (Va)

Seventh Race
Purse $5,000    Apprentice Rider Timber    3 miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Vintage Vinnie (Ire) 160Archie MacAuleyArmata StablesJoseph G. Davies 
2Withoutmoreado (Ire) 160Skylar McKennaIrvin S. NaylorKatherine S. Neilson 
3Class Indian 165Justin BatoffJeremy A. BatoffWilliam Dowling 
4Rocket Star Red 165Brett OwingsLucy A. GoeletMark Beecher 
FCheers to Us 165McLane HendriksWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks 

Vintage Vinnie went to the front immediately, stretched that lead to as much as a quarter mile and coasted home all alone.

Winning Margin: 30 3/4   Winning Time: 6:39 2/5   Turf: firm

Vintage Vinnie (Ire), b. g. 2009, by Vinnie Roe (Ire) out of Bobby's Jet (Ire), by Bob's Return (Ire). Bred by Miss Carmel Hennessy (Ire) (Ire)

Eighth Race
Purse $5,000    Apprentice Rider Hurdle    Claiming Hurdle for App. Rider    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Be Counted$20,000*150Colin SmithMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Todd J. Wyatt$3,000
2Notjudginjustsayin$20,000*150Teddy DaviesSheila J. Williams & Northwoods StablesJack Fisher$900
3Praeceps (Ire) 155Alex LeventhalStraylight Racing, LLCMark Beecher$500
4Orchestra Leader$20,000*150Mell BoucherTeam OllieLilith Boucher$350
5Corky Lemon$20,000*150Aaron DavisHeather Austin and Peter AustinMark Beecher$250
6Ebullience$20,000*160Parker HendriksSanna P. NeilsonJonathan E. Sheppard 
LRElucidation (Ire)$20,000155Elizabeth ScullyIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy 

Be Counted had a lot to do when he started to make a move on the last turn. At the last fence he was in contention but still had to catch Notjudginjustsayin. He got up to win in the final strides. This was Colin Smith's first sanctioned win over fences.

Winning Margin: neck   Winning Time: 4:07 3/5   Turf: firm

Be Counted, b. g. 2014, by Gio Ponti out of Lileagh (Ire), by Sadler's Wells. Bred by Charles Hayden (ON)

Ninth Race
Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1River Deep 165Gerard GalliganMorgan's Ford FarmD. M. Smithwick, Jr. 
2Ismusbemyluckyday 155Michael MitchellWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher 
3Curlee Fox ***140Emme FulliloveBowler Hill FarmMadison F. Meyers 
4Invester ***127Colin SmithBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout 
5True Calling ***130Mell BoucherWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher 
6Jimmy Legs 140Thomas GarnerS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 
7Reason to Pray 140Ross GeraghtyGordonsdale FarmJames Piper 

Jimmy Legs set the early pace with River Deep well within striking distance. When Jimmy Legs dropped back, River Deep went to the front and won handily. Ismusbemyluckyday rallied but was no match for the winner.

Winning Margin: 3 1/4   Winning Time: 2:18   Turf: firm

River Deep, b. g. 2014, by Arch out of River Fancy, by Congaree. Bred by Morgan's Ford Frm & F and F Stable (Va)

Tenth Race
Apprentice Rider Training Flat    Apprentice Flat Race    1 1/2 Miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
0Colonial Boy *140Colin SmithMrs. Thomas H. VossElizabeth Voss 
1Choo Choo *145Bryan CullinaneIrvin S. NaylorNeil R. Morris 
2Pony Up *145Courtney DankanichEmily AstorRicky Hendriks 
3Bodes Well (Ire) *145Virginia KorrellSilverton Hill LLCLeslie F. Young 
4Junonia 150Brett OwingsKinross FarmNeil R. Morris 
5Maccabee *145Mell BoucherMason Hardaway LamptonLilith Boucher 
6Heaven Made 140Eve LedyardJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard 
7Duellist 150Teddy DaviesKinross FarmJoseph G. Davies 
8The Kid Rocks 150Skylar McKennaPetticoats Loose FarmMeriwether H. Morris 
9Swim *135Parker HendriksKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard 
PUDeclared *140Sara GartlandDebra E. KachelRicky Hendriks 

Pony Up made most of the running but could not hold off Choo Choo, who closed like a locomotive. This was Choo Choo's third win this Fall. As a three-year-old he won the California Derby.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 2:33 2/5   Turf: firm

Choo Choo, ch. g. 2015, by English Channel out of Cho Cho San, by Deputy Minister. Bred by Calumet Farm (Ky)