VA-BRED TRIPLEKIN WINS QUEEN’S CUP

At the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase in Charlotte, North Carolina, Magalen O. Bryant’s Virginia-bred Triplekin took over the lead with three-quarters of a mile remaining in the Queen’s Cup MPC ‘Chase, opened a ten-length advantage before the final fence, and came home under light urging to a 5 3/4-length victory under jockey Brian Crowley.

Triplekin, by Makin, out of Triple Kiss (GB) by Shareef Dancer, was bred by Dr. Carlos S.E. and Gillian Gordon Moore of Corner Farm in Berryville.  



Mede Cahaba Stable’s Virginia-bred Complete Zen, who set the pace under Richard Boucher, finished second, two lengths clear of Stephen Price’s Fealing Real and Augustin Stables’ Port Morsbey, who dead-heated for third in the novice stakes for horses in their first seasons of competition over fences.

Trained by Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Triplekin ran the 2 1/4 miles of the Queen’s Cup in 4:25 flat on firm ground at Brooklandwood near Charlotte, N.C.  He was making his first start in nearly a year. In his previous NSA start, he had won an allowance race at the Tanglewood Cup Steeplechase in North Carolina last May.

For his career, Triplekin now has five wins from 17 starts with earnings of $118,370.