Pride of the Fleet now two-for-two

For those concerned that the Thoroughbred breed isn’t as tough as it used to be, the VTA humbly submits Virginia-bred Pride of the Fleet. Winner of a 7-furlong allowance at the Virginia Gold Cup, Pride of the Fleet this weekend won the Montpelier Foundation Cup for Virginia-bred or sired horses, a training flat race going 1 mile on the dirt at Montpelier. The kicker? He won carrying 160 pounds, giving away 10 pounds to the second-placed horse, Honourable.

Pride of the Fleet winning at Montpelier, carrying 160 pounds. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Pride of the Fleet winning at Montpelier, carrying 160 pounds. Photo courtesy Douglas Lees.

Just to put that into perspective: Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup under 150 pounds in 1931. Red Rum carried 168 pounds to his second win in the Grand National in 1974 — but of course that was over fences.

And, according to owners Patrick and Rebecca Shepherd, the horse kicked his shoe off when he got in his stall because his supper was late — still feeling good.