Virginia Gold Cup Races
Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia
Saturday, June 27, 2020

First Race
Purse $20,000    The Virginia Equine Alliance    Maiden Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Emerald Rocket (Ire) 154Thomas GarnerMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Leslie F. Young$12,000
2French Light (Fr) 154Darren NagleIrvin S. NaylorJonathan E. Sheppard$3,600
3Lemonade Thursday 154Michael MitchellRiverdee StableJack Fisher$2,000
4Deposit 154Barry FoleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$1,000
5Decisive Triumph 154Sean McDermottHolwood Stable and Port Lairge StablesMark Beecher$800
6Battle in Seattle (Fr) 154Gerard GalliganROTA RacingKatherine S. Neilson$600
7High Mounte (Ire) *149Archie MacAuleyRichard M. ColtonArch Kingsley, Jr. 
8Rebound (Ire) 154Ross GeraghtyBruton Street-USElizabeth Voss 
PUGold Shield 154Graham WattersWilliam Russell and Quail Ridge FarmNeil R. Morris 
PUDrapers Guild (GB) 154Kieran NorrisRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 

Emerald Rocket stalked French Light and Deposit until the turn for home. At that point Deposit tired, and Emerald Rocket and French Light dueled over the last hurdle and to the finish where Emerald Rocket proved best.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 4:04   Turf: good

Emerald Rocket (Ire), blk. g. 2015, by Society Rock (Ire) out of Lady From Limerick (Ire), by Rainbows For Life. Bred by Elton Lodge Stud (Ire)

Second Race
Purse $20,000    The Virginia Equine Alliance    Maiden Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Lonely Weekend 154Michael MitchellRiverdee StableTodd J. Wyatt$12,000
2Princeville (NZ) 154Barry FoleyFearnaught Farm LLCDoug Fout$3,600
3Mr. Bridger 154Kieran NorrisClarke OhrstromRichard L. Valentine$2,000
4Quick Toss 154Ross GeraghtyStonelea Stables LLCJulie Gomena$1,400
5Western Crusader 154Bernard DaltonVirginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLCKate Dalton$1,000
6Arkadag 154Gerard GalliganLisa NelmsDavid M. Bourke 
7You're No Better (GB) 154Graham WattersArmata StablesRicky Hendriks 
8Pony Up 154Darren NagleRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 
PUZen's Land 154Archie MacAuleyEllerslie FarmEdward Mulligan 
PUCompass Zone 154Sean McDermottSouth Branch Equine LLCSean McDermott 

Lonely Weekend rallied going down the backside the last time around and led over the last two hurdles. Princeville threatened at the last fence but could not sustain his rally and was second best.

Winning Margin: 2 3/.4   Winning Time: 4:02 3/5   Turf: good

Lonely Weekend, b. g. 2015, by Tiznow out of Weekend Party, by A. P. Indy. Bred by Wertheimer et Frere (Ky)

Third Race
Purse $40,000    The Steeplethon    About 3 miles over the Steeplethon Course
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Mercoeur (Fr) 160Thomas GarnerBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$24,000
2Invocation (Fr) 160Sean McDermottStraylight Racing, LLCMark Beecher$7,200
3Pac Yer Tack 160Gerard GalliganAndrew TakacsJonathan E. Sheppard$4,000
4Some Response (Ire) 160Bernard DaltonArmata StablesJoseph G. Davies$2,000
FDapper Dan 160Graham WattersDonna T. RogersNeil R. Morris 
FThe Holy One (Ire) *155Archie MacAuleyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 
OCCurve of Stones 160Barry FoleyS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 
OCPeppay Le Pugh (Ire) 160Michael MitchellMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Jack Fisher 

Mercoeur was never far from the lead and led through the final three furlongs. Invocation closed well but was not a threat to the winner.

Winning Margin: 6 1/4   Winning Time: 6:06 2/5   Turf: good

Mercoeur (Fr), gr. g. 2011, by Archangel d'Or (Ire) out of Erivia (Fr), by Kendor (Fr). Bred by Ambrose Dupont (Fr)

Fourth Race
Purse $25,000    Ratings Hurdle    About 2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Elucidation (Ire) ***140Elizabeth ScullyIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$15,000
2Bodes Well (Ire) 151Sean McDermottSilverton Hill LLCLeslie F. Young$4,500
3Hepcat 154Gerard GalliganJonathan E. Sheppard and Steven PoormanJonathan E. Sheppard$2,500
4Zanzi Win (Fr) 158Darren NagleArmata StablesRicky Hendriks$1,250
5Must See the Doc (GB) 146Thomas GarnerIrvin S. NaylorLeslie F. Young$1,000
6Family Tree (GB) 158Barry FoleyIrvin S. NaylorNeil R. Morris$750
7Maccabee 152Richard BoucherMason Hardaway LamptonLilith Boucher 
8Caldbeck (GB) *150Archie MacAuleyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 
9Mutasaawy 157Bernard DaltonMrs. S. K. Johnston, Jr.Neil R. Morris 
10Ebullience ***142Parker HendriksJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard 
PUNo Wunder (GB) 158Kieran NorrisSouth Branch Equine LLCElizabeth Voss 
PUVeneer Of Charm (Ire) 153Michael MitchellRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 
PUSkydiving 152Ross GeraghtyHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard 

Elucidation was well off the early pace but rallied and got up to beat Bodes Well, who had led over the last fence. This was Elizabeth Scully's first win over fences.

Winning Margin: 1 1/2   Winning Time: 4:00 2/5   Turf: good

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

Fifth Race
Purse $35,000    The David H. Semmes Memorial    Hurdle Stakes    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Snap Decision 150Sean McDermottBruton Street-USJack Fisher$21,000
2Chief Justice (GB) 150Barry FoleyIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$6,300
3Redicean (GB) 150Thomas GarnerSharon E. SheppardLeslie F. Young$3,500
4Gibralfaro (Ire) 158Michael MitchellRiverdee StableJack Fisher$1,750
PUIranistan 150Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard 
PUWinner Massagot (Fr) 150Kieran NorrisMrs. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr.Richard L. Valentine 
PUBalance the Budget 154Ross GeraghtyStonelea Stables LLCJulie Gomena 

Snap Decision rallied from far back, jumped to the lead at the last fence, and won handily.

Winning Margin: 4 1/2   Winning Time: 3:58 1/5   Turf: good

Snap Decision, b. g. 2014, by Hard Spun out of Salute, by Unbridled. Bred by Phipps Stable (Ky)

Sixth Race
Purse $40,000    The Virginia Gold Cup    Timber Stakes    Four Miles over Timber
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Doc Cebu 165Michael MitchellCharles C. Fenwick, Jr., Michael Hankin, & Charles NoellJack Fisher$24,000
2Codrington College (Ire) 165Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$7,200
3Super Saturday 165Gerard GalliganIrvin S. NaylorKatherine S. Neilson$4,000
OCAndi'amu (Fr) 165Thomas GarnerBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young 
OCStorm Team 165Sean McDermottSheila J. Williams & Northwoods StablesJack Fisher 
PULemony Bay (GB) 165Aaron DavisBruton Street-USJack Fisher 

Andi'amu stalked Storm Team until they both went off course at the seventh fence. Codrington College and Doc Cebu then took turns leading until approaching the last fence where Doc Cebu found another gear and romped home alone.

Winning Margin: 12 1/4   Winning Time: 8:15 2/5   Turf: good

Doc Cebu, b. g. 2010, by Hard Spun out of Berga, by Jade Hunter. Bred by Graceville Breeding (Ky)

Seventh Race
Purse $20,000    4 YO Mdn Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Fast Car 150Michael MitchellRobert V. LaPentaJack Fisher$12,000
2Baltimore Bucko (GB) 150Gerard GalliganButtonwood Farms LLCJonathan E. Sheppard$3,600
3Twenty Years On (GB) 150Sean McDermottRiverdee StableJack Fisher$2,000
4Another Try 150Richard BoucherHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$1,400
5Yankee Doodle Boy 150Barry FoleyMelissa CantacuzeneDoug Fout 
6Leading the Light (Ire) 150Bernard DaltonButtonwood Farms LLCJonathan E. Sheppard 
7Thomond Park 150Ross GeraghtyBon Nouvel Chasers LLCJulie Gomena 
PUSea Mast 150Kieran NorrisMagalen O. BryantRichard L. Valentine 
PUMojave (GB) 150Thomas GarnerSharon E. SheppardLeslie F. Young 

Fast Car and Baltimore Bucko were reserved off the early pace but both rallied around the last turn and dueled for the lead over the last hurdle. Fast Car proved best in the final sixteenth. This was Baltimore Bucko's start on the flat or over fences.

Winning Margin: 1/2   Winning Time: 4:08 4/5   Turf: good

Fast Car, dk.b./br. g. 2016, by Verrazano out of Allegory, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (Ky)

Eighth Race
Purse $20,000    Ratings Handicap Hurdle    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Go Get the Basil 158Gerard GalliganEve LedyardJonathan E. Sheppard$12,000
2Court Ruler (Ire) 154Thomas GarnerLeipers Fork Steeplechasers LLCLeslie F. Young$3,600
3Gaye Breeze (Ire) 157Michael MitchellPetticoats Loose FarmMeriwether H. Morris$2,000
4Motivational 151Kieran NorrisTantivy Racing LLCTed Thompson$1,400
5Inverness 149Ross GeraghtyKMSN StableKeri Brion$1,000
6Down Royal 149Bernard DaltonJoseph F. Fowler, Jr.Kate Dalton$1,000
7Undisclosed (Ire) 158Barry FoleySharon E. SheppardDoug Fout 
8Set to Music *149Skylar McKennaKatherine S. NeilsonKatherine S. Neilson 
9Aardwolf 153Sean McDermottSouth Branch Equine LLCSean McDermott 
LRGlobal Freedom (GB) 158Elizabeth ScullyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks 
PUMaximum Horsepower *147Archie MacCauleyGregory D. HawkinsJanet Elliot 
PUHoliday Mousse 149Parker HendriksWilliam RussellNeil R. Morris 

Go Get bthe Basil was rated off the pace, made a move around the final turn and got up in the final strides to beat Court Ruler, who had led over the last hurdle.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:01 1/5   Turf: good

Go Get the Basil, ch. g. 2010, by Andromedias' Hero out of Images in Jade, by Jade Hunter. Bred by John T. Esposito & Anthony J. Lo Grippo (NY)

Ninth Race
Purse $10,000    Waiver Maiden Claiming    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Shark Du Berlais (Fr)$12,500153Michael MitchellDASH StableJack Fisher$6,000
2Be Somebody$15,000156Barry FoleyBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$1,800
3Tricked Up$10,000*145Skylar McKennaIrvin S. NaylorKatherine S. Neilson$1,000
4Supervillain$15,000150Thomas GarnerWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks$700
5Milliner 156Ross GeraghtyThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$500
LRRoad To Oz 150Sean McDermottHolwood StableMark Beecher 
PULove of the Bay$15,000156Bernard DaltonCrooked Run RacingEdward Mulligan 
PUDemelza 146Richard BoucherRiverdee StableF. Hill Parker 
PUVincent Van Gogo$15,000156Gerard GalliganFlying Elvis StableNeil R. Morris 
PUBelay$10,000*145Archie MacAuleyJeremy J. GillamJeremy J. Gillam 

Winning Margin: nose   Winning Time: 4:06   Turf: good

Shark Du Berlais (Fr), b. g. 2014, by Saint des Saints (Fr) out of Cheetah Du Berlais (Fr), by Poliglote (GB). Bred by Jean Marc Lucas (Fr)

Tenth Race
Purse $10,000    Waiver Maiden Claiming    2 1/8 miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Elmutahid 150Bernard DaltonDiana GillamJeremy J. Gillam$6,000
2Good And Proper$10,000*145Archie MacAuleyRosbrian FarmRicky Hendriks$1,800
3Mr. Haire 156Thomas GarnerJohn GreeneLeslie F. Young$1,000
4Bobby the Boss$12,500153Michael MitchellMatthew T. GroffJack Fisher$700
5Two to Go$10,000150Gerard GalliganMark W. Buyck, Jr.Arch Kingsley, Jr.$500
PUBold Escape$15,000156Barry FoleySavage Den StablesDoug Fout 
PUCheetah Beach 150Ross GeraghtyWendy W. HendriksRicky Hendriks 

Elmutahid took the lead with one more time to go around, established a comfortable advantage and won handily.

Winning Margin: 14   Winning Time: 4:07   Turf: good

Elmutahid, dk.b./br. g. 2010, by Street Cry (Ire) out of Alwajeeha, by Dixieland Band. Bred by Shadwell Farm, LLC (Ky)