Bon Caddo wins Virginia Gold Cup

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"boncaddo11"Merriefield Farm’s Bon Caddo sidestepped a calamity at the second fence on the way to victory in Saturday’s Virginia Gold Cup timber stakes, taking over from Uppercut at the third-last and holding off a mild bid from Radio Flyer in the $75,000 timber stakes.


The race changed dramatically when He’s A Conniver fell at the second of 23 fences. More Fascination and Delta Park reacted to the fall and lost their jockeys at the same fence – leaving just three competitors. Uppercut assumed command, followed by Bon Caddo and Radio Flyer and the order remained basically unchanged until the final turn. With the others closing in, Uppercut pulled up with an injury and left the fight to Bon Caddo and Radio Flyer. Bon Caddo rolled home with his second win of 2011 for trainer Dawn Williams.

The win capped a big day for Wyatt, a Maryland resident with long Virginia roots. Her father Randy won the Gold Cup in 1983 and her husband Todd trained maiden hurdle winner Raven’s Choice to start the day. Bon Caddo matched Private Attack at the top of the timber division and erased a narrow runner-up effort to Bubble Economy last year.

Results from the Virginia Gold Cup

First Race. $25,000 maiden hurdle.
1. Raven’s Choice. Estate of Cary Jackson, Todd Wyatt, Roddy Mackenzie.
2. Class Indian.
3. Brave Prospect.

Second Race. $25,000 Steeplethon open timber (varied course).
1. Swimming River. Indian River Farm, Dot Smithwick, Jeff Murphy.
2. Mecklenburg.
3. Battle Op.

Third Race. $30,000 optional claiming hurdle.
1. Lake Placid. Debra Kachel, Ricky Hendriks, Paddy Young.
2. Saluda Sam.
3. Sonic Charm.

Fourth Race. $25,000 starter allowance hurdle.
1. Cuse. Karen Gray, Karen Gray, Gus Dahl.
2. Dynaskill.
3. Humdinger.

Fifth Race. $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup timber stakes.
1. Bon Caddo. Merriefield Farm, Dawn Williams, Blair Wyatt.
2. Radio Flyer.

Sixth Race. $10,000 maiden claiming hurdle.
1. Last Noble. Noble Stable, Neil Morris, Matt McCarron.
2. White Holiday.
3. Embarrassed.


In the ST Handicapping Challenge, Joe had three winners (Swimming River, Bon Caddo and Last Noble) while Sean had two (Bon Caddo and Last Noble). Heading to Winterthur tomorrow, Joe leads 21-15.


*Photo by Tod Marks.