Virginia Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, May 5, 2018

First Race
Purse $40,000    The Virginia Equine Alliance Maiden Hurdle    Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Warp Factor (Ire) 154Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$24,000
2Set to Music 154Gerard GalliganMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Katherine Neilson$7,200
3Renegade River *149Eric PoretzWits End Farm LLCWilliam Dowling$4,000
4King of the Road 154Sean McDermottEllerslie FarmJeff Murphy$2,000
5Hoppala (Ire) 154Shane CriminColvin G. RyanJulie Gomena$1,600
6Dancin In the Rain 144Bernard DaltonVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCKate Dalton$1,200
7New Saloon 154Kieran NorrisTimber Town Stable LLCMadison F. Meyers 
8Dawn Wall *139Bethany BaumgardnerThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss 
9Tambourin 154Michael MitchellDonna T. RogersNeil R. Morris 
FForever Bernardini 154Willie McCarthyLucy A. GoeletAlicia S. Murphy 

Warp Factor stalked the leaders, went to the front on the turn for home and won handily.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 4:05 4/5   Turf: good

Warp Factor (Ire), b. g. 2013, by The Carbon Unit out of Storminateacup (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). Bred by Thistle Bloodstock Ltd (Ire)

Second Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon Stakes    Timber Stakes    About 3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Andi'amu (Fr) 160Jack DoyleBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$24,000
2Boogie Biz 160Mark BeecherHappenstance and HarryMark Beecher$7,200
3Triton Light 160Darren NagleNicki ValvoNicki Valvo$4,000
4Dye Fore 160Sean McDermottMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher$2,000
5Cognashene 160Michael MitchellPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$1,600
LRHishi Soar 160Gerard GalliganRandolph D. Rouse TrustKevin Palmer 

Boogie Biz set the pace with Andi'amu close behind. Approaching the last fence Andi'amu took the lead and won going away.

Winning Margin: 5 1/4   Winning Time: 6:02   Turf: good

Andi'amu (Fr), b. g. 2010, by Walk In The Park (Ire) out of Sainte Parfaite (Fr), by Septieme Ciel. Bred by Therese Bouche (Fr)

Third Race
Purse $45,000    The Hogan Lovells Hurdle    Allowance Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Willow U 138Shane CriminCheck Mark Stables LLCRichard L. Valentine$27,000
2Deficit (Ire) 148Graham WattersIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$8,100
3Any Given Royal 152Michael MitchellWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks$4,500
4Ack Feisty 148Kieran NorrisMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Neil R. Morris$2,250
5Norse Star (Ire) 148Jack DoyleThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$1,800

Willow U was rated off the pace in a tightly bunched field, rallied around the final turn to take the lead, led over the last two fences and held off Deficit, who rallied to take second in the final strides.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:10 2/5   Turf: good

Willow U, b. m. 2011, by Utopia (JPN) out of Overextended (Fr), by Entrepreneur (GB). Bred by Andy Beadnell (NY)

Fourth Race
Purse $75,000    The David H. Semmes Memorial    Hurdle Stakes    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Personal Start 144Barry FoleyMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine$45,000
2Hardrock Eleven 144Bernard DaltonVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCKate Dalton$13,500
3Balance the Budget 156Mark WattsStonelea Stables LLCJulie Gomena$7,500
4Mercoeur (Fr) 144Jack DoyleMichael A. SmithLeslie F. Young$3,750
5Sempre Medici (Fr) 144Graham WattersIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$3,000
PUSwansea Mile (Ire) 152Michael MitchellRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 

Personal Start assumed a stalking role as Balance the Budget set the pace. At the second fence from home these two jumped as a team, but Personal Start landed running, led over the last fence and won easily.

Winning Margin: 8 1/4   Winning Time: 3:53 3/5   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)

Fifth Race
Purse $100,000    The Virginia Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    About Four Miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Zanclus 165Kieran NorrisSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris$60,000
2Le Chevalier 165Jack DoyleMichael A. SmithJulie Gomena$18,000
3Super Saturday 165Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorKatherine Neilson$10,000
4Ebanour (Ire) 165Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$5,000
5Daddy in the Dark 165Sean McDermottH. Bruce FenwickH. Bruce Fenwick$4,000
6Hill Tie 165Eric PoretzSportsmans HallJoseph G. Davies$3,000

Zanclus took the lead in the early stages, led all the way and won in hand. He was rated masterfully on the front end and each time someone made a move to challenge he had the answer. Ebanour launched a rally with a half mile to run but could not sustain his bid. Le Chevalier rallied in the final quarter mile but was second best.

Winning Margin: 3 3/4   Winning Time: 8:43 4/5   Turf: good

Zanclus, ch. g. 2010, by Xenodon out of Jordani, by Two Smart. Bred by Sara E. Collette (Va)

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
2Overwhelming 151Sean McDermottWoodslane FarmJack Fisher$9,000
3Qualify 151Darren NaglePatricia L. BosleyLouis H. Bosley$5,000
4Amigo 151Barry FoleyJulie NettereZoe Valvo$2,500
5Artic North 151Bethany BaumgardnerMrs. Thomas H. VossElizabeth Voss$2,000
6Go Get the Basil 151Willie McCarthyEve LedyardRicky Hendriks$1,500
7Gold Braid 151Michael MitchellWilliam M. Russell & Yadkin FarmNeil R. Morris 
8Captain Dixie 151Gerard GalliganGerard GalliganGerard Galligan 
9Titanium Heart 151Mark WattsAmy Taylor RoweAmy Taylor Rowe 
10Tobias 151Keri BrionJohnny EasonRafael A. Fernandez 
11Scout Leader 151Richard BoucherMason Hardaway LamptonLilith Boucher 

Renown was reserved slightly off the pace, made a winning move around the final turn and won going away. Renown also won this race a year ago.

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

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
1Sixty Five (Fr) 147Michael MitchellRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks$24,000
2Lost Story 151Darren NagleMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Todd J. Wyatt$7,200
3Dark Gemini (Ire) 147Willie McCarthySerendipity StablesJack Fisher$4,000
4Front Line Paige 147Kieran NorrisLana WrightNeil R. Morris$2,000
5Jump Ship 151Richard BoucherWhy Not Racing LLCLilith Boucher$1,600
6Khafayya (Ire) 151Jack DoyleSharon E. SheppardLeslie F. Young$1,200
7Strong 147Barry FoleyPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris 
8Cross Current *146Eric PoretzMark B. GrierTodd J. Wyatt 
9Delawana ***137Emme FulliloveBallyerin Racing LLCMadison F. Meyers 
10Macue 147Sean McDermottLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan 
11Quiet Prediction *137Keri BrionJohnny EasonKelsey L. Briggs 
12Risky Sour *142Dean SinnottVan CushnyLeslie F. Young 

Sixty Five raced in the middle of the pack for most of the race. He launched a winning rally entering the final turn and outdueled Lost Story in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 3/4   Winning Time: 2:32 2/5   Turf: good

Sixty Five (Fr), b. g. 2013, by King's Best out of Accusation, by Barathea (Ire). Bred by Haras D'Haspel (Fr)

Eighth Race
Purse $35,000    The Virginia Bred or Sired Flat    Virginia Bred/Sired Flat    About 1 1/4 miles on the Turf
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Eryx 145Kieran NorrisSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris$21,000
2Officer's Oath 150Sean McDermottS. Bruce Smart, Jr.Jimmy Day$6,300
3Accountable 155Michael MitchellLady Olivia at North Cliff, LLCCarla L. Morgan$3,500
4Complete St. 145Richard BoucherHarlan J. CrossmanLilith Boucher$1,750
5Tubal 150Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$1,400
6Willisville 150Jack DoyleJean L. RofeJean L. Rofe$1,050
7Trustifarian 155Barry FoleyS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 
8Galaxy Express 155Gerard GalliganWesterly FarmLilith Boucher 
9Super Bird 155Keri BrionR. Robert KirkEdward Mulligan 

Eryx went to the front in the early stages with Officer's Oath in pursuit. These two battled the length of the stretch with Eryx narrowly best.

Winning Margin: nose   Winning Time: 2:18 4/5   Turf: good

Eryx, dk.b./br. g. 2014, by Xenodon out of Jordani, by Two Smart. Bred by Sara E. Collette (Va)