Virginia Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, May 6, 2017

First Race
Purse $40,000    The Sport of Kings Chase    Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle    About 2 1/2 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Dapper Dan 154Darren NagleDonna T. RogersNeil R. Morris$24,000
2Barnacle Bill (Ire) 154Gustav DahlThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$7,200
3Jump to Juneau 144Gerard GalliganKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard$4,000
4Artie's Flight 154Richard BoucherWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher$2,000
5Iconic Artist 154Jack DoyleWillow Oaks Stables, LLCElizabeth Voss$1,600
6Other Cheek 154Sean McDermottWoodslane FarmJack Fisher$1,200
PUMutin (Fr) 154Kieran NorrisKinross FarmRichard L. Valentine 
PUHooded *149Brendan CrowleyIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy 
PUBiedermeier 154Ross GeraghtyRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt 
PUMoorland (Ire) 144Paddy YoungSharon E. SheppardLeslie F. Young 

Dapper Dan went to the front at the start and led the rest of the way. Barnacle Bill posed a threat in the final half mile but was second best.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:34 2/5   Turf: soft

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

Second Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon    About 3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Gusto At Dawn 160Benjamin SwopeBenjamin C. SwopeBenjamin C. Swope$24,000
2Dye Fore 160Sean McDermottMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher$7,200
3On The Corner 170Mark BeecherIvy Hill Stable, LLCAlicia S. Murphy$4,000
OCTriton Light 160Darren NagleNicki ValvoNicki Valvo 
OCPreseli Rock (Ire) 160Hadden FrostBruton Street-USJack Fisher 
PUSaluda Sam 170Willie McCarthyIrvin S. NaylorWilliam Meister 
PUCognashene 160Kieran NorrisPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris 

Preseli Rock and Triton Light led into the final turn but went off course. Gusto at Dawn and Dye Fore inherited the lead and raced as a team to and over the last fence, but Gusto at Dawn pulled away in the run to the finish.

Winning Margin: 6 1/4   Winning Time: 6:44 3/5   Turf: soft

Gusto At Dawn, dk.b./br. g. 2008, by Buckle Down Ben out of Rose Dawn, by Colonial Affair. Bred by Mr. Charles Conaway, Jr. (WV)

Third Race
Purse $45,000    The M. C. Dean Chase    Allowance Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1My Afleet 156Kieran NorrisJeffrey S. Amling and Merriebelle, LLCMark Beecher$27,000
2Unsinkable (Ire) 152Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss$8,100
3Tubal 148Carol-Ann SloanIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$4,500
4Wild Dynaformer *151Brendan CrowleyWoodslane FarmJack Fisher$2,250
5As You Like It 152Gerard GalliganMrs. Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.Jonathan E. Sheppard$1,800
6Maximum Horsepower 156Bernard DaltonGregory D. HawkinsJanet Elliot$1,350
PUSignature Look 152Sean McDermottNorthwoods Stable & Sheila J. WilliamsJack Fisher 
PUReporter 152Ross GeraghtyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout 

My Afleet was rated behind Signature Look and Unsinkable, joined Unsinkable for the lead on the turn and pulled away approaching the last fence. He finished well in hand.

Winning Margin: 12 3/4   Winning Time: 4:41   Turf: soft

My Afleet, gr./ro. g. 2011, by Afleet Alex out of My Own Story, by Lasting Approval. Bred by Charles Noell & Jeff Amling (Ky)

Fourth Race
Purse $75,000    The David H. Semmes Memorial    Hurdle Stakes    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Schoodic 148Paddy YoungEdith R. DixonJack Fisher$45,000
2Charminster (Ire) 152Jack DoyleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$13,500
3Simenon (Ire) 144Ross GeraghtyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks$7,500
4Special Skills 148Sean McDermottSheila J. Williams and Northwoods StablesJack Fisher$3,750
5Diplomat 144Bernard DaltonFlying Elvis StableKate Dalton$3,000
PUHardrock Eleven 144Kieran NorrisVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCDoug Fout 
PUAlajmal 144Brendan CrowleyGregory D. HawkinsJanet Elliot 

Schoodic and Charminster stalked Simenon who took the lead at the start and was still there over the last fence. Schoodic and Charminster passed Simenon upon landing and dueled until the final sixteeenth where Schoodic pulled away to win.

Winning Margin: 2   Winning Time: 3:47 4/5   Turf: soft

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

Fifth Race
Purse $100,000    The Virginia Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    Four Miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Ebanour (Ire) 165Gustav DahlIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$60,000
2Lemony Bay (GB) 165Sean McDermottBruton Street-USJack Fisher$18,000
3Hot Rize 165Gerard GalliganHolston HallRussell Haynes$10,000
PURaven's Choice 165Mark BeecherAnn JacksonTodd J. Wyatt 
PUCanyon Road 165Jeff MurphyGordonsdale FarmChristopher L. Kolb 
PUGrand Manan 165Darren NagleDonald R. Reuwer, Jr.William Meister 

Ebanour was rated at the rear of the field until he launched a rally on the backside the final time around. He was second to Lemony Bay on the final turn, drew alongside the leader at the last fence and won his second straight Virginia Gold Cup going away.

Winning Margin: 1 1/2   Winning Time: 9:49   Turf: soft

Ebanour (Ire), ch. g. 2007, by Indian Ridge (Ire) out of Ebadiyla, by Sadler's Wells. Bred by His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs S.C. (Ire)

Sixth Race
Purse $50,000    The Secretariat Stakes    Flat Stakes    About 1 1/2 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Renown (GB) 155Jack DoyleMerriebelle Stable, LLCElizabeth Voss$30,000
2Mr Singh (GB) 155Gustav DahlMerriebelle Stable, LLCElizabeth Voss$9,000
3Domo Artiegato 151Robert WalshMonica BaumanFenneka T. Bentley$5,000
4Rum Tum Tugger 155Gerard GalliganLake Lonely RacingJonathan E. Sheppard$2,500
5Mutasaawy 151Kieran NorrisPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$2,000
6Ocean Ready 151Sean McDermottIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$1,500
7River Rush 155Willie McCarthyIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy 
8Crown Thy Good 151Paddy YoungMichael A. SmithLeslie F. Young 
OCGotta Get Away 151Darren NagleLana WrightNeil R. Morris 

Renown raced near the pace, took sole possession of the lead with six furlongs to run and won easily over his stablemate, Mr Singh, who closed well but was second best.

Winning Margin: 3 1/4   Winning Time: 2:57 2/5   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)

Seventh Race
Purse $40,000    The VHBPA Allowance Flat    About 1 1/2 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Swellelegent 151Gerard GalliganThomas A. Hulfish, IIINeil R. Morris$24,000
2Delawana ***137Emme FulliloveBallyerin Racing LLCMadison F. Meyers$7,200
3Atlanta Babe 142Richard BoucherLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCLilith Boucher$4,000
4Change Maker 147Bernard DaltonDave WasherDave Washer$2,000
5Petak Mountain ***137Emma CliftonIn Memory of My Father StableArch Kingsley, Jr.$1,600
6Disobedience 147Ross GeraghtyDebra E. KachelRicky Hendriks$1,200
7Nexrad 147Jeff MurphyMatthew ScheraJames L. Lawrence, II 
8Rodie *146Brendan CrowleyLawrence G. McDadeSusan S. Cooney 
9Willie's Mojo 147Willie McCarthyRandolph D. Rouse TrustDavid M. Bourke 
10Hard Thunder 151Kieran NorrisMACHA RacingMadison F. Meyers 

Swellelegant was reserved off the pace that was set by Petak Mountain and Nexrad. He rallied to take the lead at the head of the stretch and drew away to win easily.

Winning Margin: 10   Winning Time: 2:58 2/5   Turf: soft

Swellelegent, ch. g. 2012, by Pure Prize out of Latania, by Polish Numbers. Bred by Mrs. Arturo Peralta Ramos (Ky)

Ninth Race
Purse $35,000    The Virginia Bred or Sired Flat    Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    About 1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Hooping 155Ross GeraghtyDebra E. KachelRicky Hendriks$21,000
2Complete St. 145Richard BoucherHarlan J. CrossmanLilith Boucher$6,300
3Officer's Oath 155Sean McDermottS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day$3,500
4Balistes 145Kieran NorrisSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris$1,750
5Free Union 155Robert WalshLawrence Stables, Inc.James L. Lawrence, II$1,400
6A Zoo Society ***135Emma CliftonJohn E. Teas, Jr.John E. Teas, Jr.$1,050
7Willisville 155Jeff MurphyJean L. RofeJean L. Rofe 
8Money Pitch 140Willie McCarthyRenaissance FarmEdward Mulligan 
9Curve of Stones 150Gerard GalliganS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 

Hooping went to the lead in the early going, dueled Balistes down the backside, put him away on the turn and held Complete St. and Officer's Oath safe in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 1 3/4   Winning Time: 2:28 3/5   Turf: soft

Hooping, b. g. 2010, by Malibu Moon out of Long N Lanky, by Cozzene. Bred by Hickory Tree Farm LLC (Va)