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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Here’s The Skinny On The Horses Running In The $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup

INCOMPLETE (Douglas Lees Photo)
INCOMPLETE, 2001 b. g., Press Card--Sioux Lady, by Poker. Owner: Robert A. Kinsley. Trainer: Ann D. Stewart. Jockey: Joey Elliott. 2012 record: 1-1-0-0, $18,000. 2011 record: 5-1-2-0, $45,450. 3-1 odds. Started 2012 with 1 3/4-length victory in the My Lady's Manor in Monkton, Md., on April 14. Won 2011 International Gold Cup and finished second in the New Jersey Hunt Cup. Ran a good second in the 2011 Grand National but fell in the Maryland Hunt Cup.

BUBBLE ECONOMY, 1999 b. g., Rakeen--Buggels, by Vaal Reef. Owner: Arcadia Stable. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Willie Dowling. 2012 record: 1-0-1-0, $5,400. 7-2 odds. Three-time timber champion (2004, 2008, 2010) returned after 23 months on the sidelines and finished second in the My Lady's Manor, beaten 1 3/4 lengths on April 14. Wrapped up most recent title with two wins in a week, in the 2010 Virginia Gold Cup and the Mason Houghland Memorial at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.

YIN YANG, 2002 ch. g., Not for Love--Say It's Cold, by Oh Say. Owner: NoGo Stable. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: Christopher Read. 2011 record: 2-1-0-0, $6,000. 20-1 odds. Won 2011 John Rush Streett maiden timber but was pulled up in the Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois in Nashville. Late scratch from Grand National on April 21.

BUBBLE ECONOMY (Left) (Douglas Lees Photo)
AERO, 2005 b. g., Northern Spur (Ire)--Best Victory (Fr), by Cadoudal. Owner: Alfred C. Griffin Jr. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Jeff Murphy. 2012 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. 2011 record: 3-2-0-1, $28,000. 5-1 odds. Started 2012 season with second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 21, beaten 6 3/4 lengths. Ran sparkling race in the National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup to win by six lengths at the Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg on Oct. 1 before second in International Gold Cup. Scored his maiden timber victory at Willowbrook Steeplechase in May.

GUTS FOR GARTERS (IRE), 2003 br. g., Presenting—Askynn, by Beau Sher. Owner: FOXY Stable. Trainer: Sanna Hendriks. Jockey: Darren Nagle. 2012 record: 2-0-1-0, $3,200. 20-1 odds. Finished a close second in the Bejamin H. Murray Memorial amateur allowance timber race at the Grand National on April 21. Started season with a fourth in the John Rush Streett Memorial amateur maiden timber at My Lady’s Manor on April 14. In a tough spot against a seasoned field.

AER) (L) (Susan M. Carter Photo)
VOLER BAR NUIT, 2001 ch. g., Lord Concorde--Don't Ask, by Don's Choice. Owner: Mrs. William D. Class Jr. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: James Slater. 2012 record: 1-0-0-1, $1,000. 2011 record: 2-0-1-0, $1,350. 15-1 odds. Started 2012 with a third-place finish in the John Rush Streett at My Lady's Manor. Finished second in 2011 John D. Schapiro Memorial at My Lady's Manor. Late scratch from the Maryland Hunt Cup.

G’DAY G’DAY, 2003 b. g., Eastern Echo--Say Farewell, by Second Bar. Owner: Magalen O. Bryant. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Carl Rafter. 2012 record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2011 record: 5-1-1-1, $32,300. 4-1 odds. Strong start to the 2012 campaign with 6 3/4-length victory in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on April 21. Closed 2011 with a win in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Made up ground to be third in the International Gold Cup on Oct. 15. Homebred finished second to Aero in National Sporting Museum Chronicle Cup at Virginia Fall Races on Oct. 1.

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