THE PLAINS, Va. — Sara E. Collette's Virginia home-bred Zanclus made every call a winning one when he defeated five rivals in the $100,000 guaranteed Virginia Gold Cup at the Great Meadow race course on May 5. The 93rd running of the Gold Cup was contested at four miles over timber fences with all the starters carrying 165 pounds.
Zanclus was sent postward as the 22 to 10 favorite on the strength of a 25-length win in the My Lady's Manor race three weeks earlier. Trainer Neil Morris said after the Gold Cup the Maryland race, at three miles, was designed to condition Zanclus for the for miles over the Gold Cup course.
With 2016 champion jockey Kieran Norris in the saddle, Zanclus was up and on the bit for the entire race. He repelled one challenge from Irvin S. Naylor's Ebanour, the 2016 and 2017 Gold Cup winner, who was unable to sustain his bid in the home stretch and settled for fourth place.
Michael A. Smith's Le Chevalier took a run at Zanclus with two jumps left on the course. Despite Zanclus putting a whack on the last fence, Le Chevalier was unable to catch the winner and settled for second beaten by 3-3/4 lengths. Naylor's other entry, SuperSaturday, was third.
Zanclus paid $6.40, $4.40 and $3.20 across the board. Le Chevalier was worth $5.20 and $3.80. Super Saturday paid $3.20 to show. The 1$ exacta paid $45.30.
The winner was timed in 8:43.03 for the for-mile tour over a course labeled 'good.'
Magalen O. Bryant's Virginia home-bred Personal Start stalked the pace setting Balance the Budget before taking over with a half mile to run and then went on to score an eight-length win in the $75,000, Grade 2 David Semmes Memorial Stakes at 2-3/8 miles over National Fences.
The seven-year-old gelded son of Personal Start defeated five rivals getting the distance in four minutes flat with Barry Foley in the irons at 144 pounds. Virginia Lazenby's Hardrock Eleven took second by a length over Balance the Budget, the winner of Camden, S.C.'s Grade1 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup.
Personal Start paid $9.60, $6.20 and $3.20. A $1 exacta of Personal Start and Hardrock Eleven returned $57.90.
Equibase did not report an attendance. They said the pari-mutuel handle on the five jump races was $123,113.
Kings Apollo Wins Winterthur Bowl
Kings Apollo, a veteran of British steeplechasing battles, took the lead three fences out and charged home to win the $40,000 Winterthur Bowl at Winterthur, Del. On May 6.
Racing in the colors of Stewart Strawbridge, Kings Apollo defeated five rivals in the 3-1/4 mile race over timber fences. Sanna Neilson trains the winner who was ridden by Gerald Galligan to a 5-3/4 length victory over Upland Partner's Mystic Strike with trainer Mark Beecher in the saddle. Blair Wyatt's German-bred Witor was third with leading rider Jack Doyle aboard.
Kings Apollo ran the 3-1/4 miles in 6:23.60 on a firm turf course.
Armata Stables' Rudyard K galloped home to win the $15,000 Isabella duPont Sharp Memorial Bowl, a 3-1/4-mile race for maidens over the timber fences. The Todd Wyatt trainee had Beecher aboard as Rudyard K crossed the line 3-1/4 lengths to the good of EMO Stables' Appoggiatura with Barry Foley up.
The Vicmead Plate, symbolic of a win in the timber race for horses ridden by amateur riders who are still apprentices, went to Morningstar Farm's Irish-bred Carrickboy with Archie Macauley in the saddle for trainer Ricky Hendriks.
Hall of Fame trainer Janet Eliot sent out Gregory Hawkins' British-bred Canaveral to win the Middletown Cup flat race. Eric Poretz rode the winner.
With the Viriginia Gold Cup and Delaware's Winththur results recorded in the ledgers, here are the win-place-show standings for the equine and human awards the National Steeplechase Association will present at the close of the 2018 season in late November.
Owners, Purse Money Won:
- Irvin S. Naylor, $145,300
- Rosbrian Farm, $103,100
- Magalen O. Bryant, $99,600
Trainers, Races Won:
- Jonathan Sheppard, 9
- Ricky Hendriks, 7
- Richard Valentine, 5
Trainers, Purse Money Won:
- Jonathan Sheppard, $198,600
- Ricky Hendriks, $163,400
- Richard Valentine, $163,400
Riders, Races Won:
- Jack Doyle, 8
- Darren Nagle, 7
- Eric Poretz, 5
- Ross Geraghty, 5
Riders, Purse Money Won:
- Jack Doyle, $224,750
- Daren Nagle, $173,650
- Ross Geraghty, $144,200
Horses, Purse Money Won:
- Balance the Budget, $97,500
- Senior Senator, $90,000
- Personal Start, $90,000
Timber Horse Owner, Purse Money Won
- Irvin L. Crawford, $90,000
- Sara E. Collette, $88,000
- Irvin S. Naylor, $51,000
Timber Horses, Purse Money Won
- Senior Senator, $90,000
- Zanclus, $88,000
- Andi'amu, $36,000
May 12. 77th annual Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville, Tenn. $525,000 plus $10,000 amateur bonus. $100,000 Marcellus Frost (Novice), $50,000 Margaret Curry Henley (Filly and Mare), $50,000 Mason Houghland (Timber), $200,000, Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois.
May 13. 26th annual Willowdale Steeplechase, Kennett Square, Pa. $100,000. $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase Amateur Timber Stakes.
May 19. 88th annual Radnor Hunt Races, Malvern, Pa. $190,000. $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup (Timber), $50,000, Grade 3 National Hunt Cup.
May 26. 49th annual Fair Hill Spring Races, Fair Hill, Md. $180,000. $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial (Fillies and Mares).
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