COUNTRY COUSIN WINS ZEKE

COUNTRY COUSIN (Susan M. Carter Photo)

Nicole Perry’s Country Cousin came from twelve lengths back after clearing the final hurdle to pass front-running Your Sum Man and capture the 14th running of the $50,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase Stakes (NSA Gr. III) Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs.

Country Cousin sat mid-pack in the six horse stakes field through the top of the stretch, content to let betting choice Your Sum Man cut early fractions. Halfway through, fifth place challenger Spy In The Sky stumbled and threw his rider, leaving only five to compete through the final two turns.

Rider Carl Crafter led the late surge aboard Country Cousin who, after gaining control of the field, held off fast closing Straight To It in 4:07.17. The 8 year old Lear Fan gelding continues to pay dividends for trainer Julie Gomena and owner Perry. 
(LtoR) COUNTRY COUSIN, YOUR SUM MAN and STRAIGHT TO IT
(Susan M. Carter Photo)
Country Cousin entered the race with a lifetime bankroll of over $160,000 with more than half of it earned in just six starts over the past couple years.

Straight To It, fresh off a win in the May 21st Strawberry Hill race card at Colonial, was second and Your Sum Man was a distant third. 
The winner paid $8.20.