The Inside Rail

Beautiful day of racing at Virginia Fall Saturday. Perhaps, the biggest crowd I’ve seen there, the cars stretched over the hill and into the knoll of general admission, the tailgates went up and toward the last fences. Overcast skies. Good ground. Competitive racing. Storm Team jumped electrically to win the The National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, veteran New Member relished the change of pace in the Alfred Hunt, Drewscourt was impressive in his U.S. debut and Neil Morris racked up a triple. 

Title races are heating up with Tom Garner and Graham Watters, each looking for their first titles, tied atop the jockey standings. Both have choice rides from here to Charleston. Skylar McKenna swept the card at Genesee Valley to lose her bug and move into third, four back of the leaders. 

Neil Morris and Leslie Young, each searching for their first titles, are locked at the top of the trainer standings. Jack Fisher lurks one back. Keri Brion has a chance, she’s three back. 

Buttonwood leads all owners with $364,850. Irv Naylor chases, almost $100,000 back. With leading earner The Mean Queen aiming at the Grand National at Far Hills, that title could be clinched Saturday for the Pennsylvania-based Buttonwood Farm. 

As for the doubleheader, the Braves rocked the Pirates 10-4 behind gems thrown by Devin and Brendan. Lemonade Thursday got rocked in the allowance hurdle and Twenty Years On scratched at Virginia Fall.

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