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Thursday, September 15, 2011


HE'S A CONNIVER (r) (Douglas Lees Photo)
EMO Stables He’s A Conniver, the winner of the 2010 International Gold Cup, will be running this Saturday in a flat race going 1 ½ miles on the turf at Colonial Downs in New Kent, VA.

Starting as one of the favorites, He’s A Conniver caused a major pile up at the second fence of this spring’s Virginia Gold Cup when he crashed and took out two other horses.  No major injuries were suffered.

His main competition will come from Virginia-bred Researcher.  Researcher’s connections are well known to those who follow jump racing closely as he is owned by Zohar and Lisa Ben-Dov’s Kinross Farm and trained by Neil Morris.

The seven-year-old gelding was bred by the Virginia Tech Foundation at the M.A.R.E. Center in Middleburg, Virginia.  Researcher has won over $1.3 million during his six year racing career.  He won the $100,000 Queens County Handicap Gr.III at Aqueduct in 2008 and won the $500,000 Charles Town Classic in 2009 and the $1 million renewal of the same race in 2010.  He has not raced since finishing fourth in a stakes on the Preakness undercard last May.

He’s A Conniver has won $125,480, winning the majority of it in 2009 and 2010 while racing over jumps.  After his big crash in this spring’s Virginia Gold Cup, he ran one more time a week later but tired badly.  This will be his first outing since then.

The card at Colonial on Saturday will also feature a steeplechase race and ten harness races.

To see the overnight, click here.

To see the Equibase entries, click here

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