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Thursday, April 23, 2009


You might have thought that Coal Dust, the impressive winner of the $35,000 Grand National in Maryland on Saturday, might have his sights set on the Virginia Gold Cup.

But, now it appears that the winner Coal Dust and the runner-up Private Attack will run in the Maryland Hunt Cup this Saturday. Horses have run in the grueling Maryland race and then run in the Gold Cup just one week later, but it’s quite rare.

On the same day, former Gold Cup winner Bubble Economy won a $20,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup at the Middleburg Races. That would set him up perfectly if his connections deem it appropriate. Bubble Economy is trained by Jack Fisher of Saluter fame (six Gold Cup wins, all with Fisher riding).

Frankly, all four starters in the Middleburg Hunt Cup would seem to be likely Gold Cup starters. Time will tell.

Grand National
First Race. $35,000 Grand National timber stakes.
1. Coal Dust (Armata Stable, Tom Voss, Blair Wyatt).
2. Private Attack (Sportsmans Hall, Alicia Murphy, William Santoro).
3. Western Fling (Stewart Strawbridge, Katherine McKenna, Jason Griswold).

Middleburg Spring Races
Second Race. $20,000 Middleburg Hunt Cup.
1. Bubble Economy (Arcadia Stable, Jack Fisher, Xavier Aizpuru).
2. Seeyouattheevent (Arthur W. Arundel, Jack Fisher, William Dowling)
3. Erin Go Bragh (NZ) (Magalen O. Bryant, Doug Fout, Paddy Young)
4. Irish Prince (Augustin Stables, Sanna Hendriks, Jody Petty)

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