|THE WINNER AERO and HE'S A CONNIVER (THIRD)|
Aero, by Northern Spur out of Best Victory (Fr) by Cardoudal (Fr), settled in the middle of the pack and started to move on the leaders on the backside of the racecourse. He took over second place with two fences to go and jumped the last with a share of the lead with fellow Warrentonian He’s A Conniver. He and jockey Jeff Murphy steadily pulled away from there.
In his previous start, the Virginia-bred Aero had won the timber race at Blue Ridge. Aero is trained by Virginian Doug Fout.
Griffin, a popular Warrenton-based orthodontist, has long been involved in the Virginia Gold Cup Associaton and has played a lead role in putting on both the Virginia Gold Cup in May and the International Gold Cup in October. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Director of Racing. It would seem likely that winning either Gold Cup race is on his "bucket list."