Monthly Archives: May 2017

Ebanour Wins 2nd Straight Virginia Gold Cup Saturday At Great Meadow

Gus Dahl went to the winner’s circle Saturday wearing a mudpack and a sunny smile after Irv Naylor’s Ebanour charged relentlessly through Great Meadow Race Course’s stretch to win the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup for a second straight year.

Last of six in the early going, Ebanour closed past Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay to secure the victory by 1 1/2 lengths. Holston Hall’s Hot Rize, the 2013 Virginia Gold Cup winner, ran a strong race to be third, another three-quarters… Continue reading

Ebanour To Defend ’16 Virginia Gold Cup Victory In ’17 Edition Saturday At Great Meadow

The following piece appeared on the National Steeplechase Association’s website and was written by Don Clippinger.

Irv Naylor’s Ebanour will defend his 2016 victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup against an elite field that includes an International Gold Cup victor and a Maryland Hunt Cup winner.

The four-mile timber classic is the signature race of the 92nd annual Virginia Gold Cup meet, which offers purses totaling $425,000 and annually attracts one of the largest crowds for American Steeplechase racing.… Continue reading

2016 Virginia-Bred Champions To Be Recognized Friday At Great Meadow

Virginia Thoroughbred Association Award Winning Horses For 2016 Announced 

Virginia-bred champion thoroughbred horses for 2016 have been announced, and their respective connections will receive trophies at the annual Virginia Thoroughbred Association awards ceremony Friday May 5th at Great Meadow. The annual Virginia Gold Cup Races will be contested there the next afternoon.

Horse of the Year honors will be awarded to Stellar Wind for the second consecutive year. The … Continue reading