Pair Of Virginia-Bred Horses Score Nice Wins At The Great Meadow Fall Gold Cup Card

Virginia-Breds Dapper Dan and Accountable each scored nice wins October 26th during the International Gold Cup’s annual fall program at Great Meadow.

Dapper Dan navigates the water portion of the $40,000 Steeplethon at Great Meadow Oct. 26. Photo by Richard Clay.

Donna Rogers’ Dapper Dan, a 7-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding, won by 5 1/2 lengths in the $40,000 Steeplethon. The victor was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone.

The Steeplethon field tightened up a bit but Dapper Dan (#8) went on to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Photo by Tod Marks.

Dapper Dan finished second in the 2019 spring Steeplethon and got a maiden special weight win two years ago during the spring Gold Cup event. With the most recent win, his career bankroll now stands at $138,790. He is out of the War Chant mare, Wardrobe.

Dapper Dan races through brush in the Oct. 26th Steeplethon. Photo by Tod Marks.

If ever there was a horse for the course, it would be Lady Olivia at Northcliff’s Accountable, a 5-year-old Cosa Vera gelding who won an allowance flat for the fourth time at Great Meadow.

Accountable (#3) defeats Vincent Van Gogo in a tight finish Oct. 26 at Great Meadow. Photo by Tod Marks.

The Carla Morgan trainee won the Old Dominion Turf Championship — an allowance flat — on October 26 by one-half length over Vincent Van Gogo. Previously, Accountable won the same allowance in spring 2019, fall 2018 and fall 2017. Despite his success at Great Meadow, he paid a handsome $9.00 to win in the most recent edition.

Accountable (#3, far right) is shown shortly after the start in the afternoon’s only flat race. Photo by Douglas Lees.

With the win, Accountable saw his career bankroll move into six figures at $101,920. He is out of Seeking Me Allie by Seeking Daylight.