Photos by Tony Gibson
Saturday, May 5th, may not have brought record numbers to Great Meadow for the 93rd Virginia Gold Cup, but it did bring a surge in wagering and some major wins for our area’s owners, breeders and trainers.
Zanclus led from the start for owner-breeders Sara and Bruce Collette, trainer Neil Morris and rider Kieran Norris in the feature $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup timber race, crossing the finish line 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Mike Smith’s Le Chevalier, trained by Julie Gomena and ridden by Jack Doyle.
Personal Sport won the afternoon’s featured hurdle race, the $75,000 Semmes Memorial, for owner-breeder Maggie Bryant of Middleburg and The Plains-based trainer Richard Valentine.
Of course, fine racing also brought out gaily-arrayed crowds to cheer on the horses and enjoy the competitive atmosphere. Wagers aside, everyone went home happy! ML