Sunday, May 6, 2007


But Salmo didn't seem to mind...

Running and jumping on the lead for 4 miles, timber veteran Salmo won the $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup Saturday. The 11-year-old son of Northern Baby went to the head of the 12-horse field at the start, maintained the advantage with superb jumping over the 22-fence course and repelled a stiff challenge from Mr Bomastic in the stretch to win by a head. Chip Miller rode the winner for trainer Jack Fisher. Ghost Valley (Jody Petty) was third.

The world's first timber race with a six-figure purse, the Gold Cup featured five major contenders in contention at the last fence. Salmo, Mr Bombastic, Ghost Valley, Bubble Economy and Seeyouattheevent were all in with a chance. Bubble Economy fell and Salmo and Mr Bombastic surged away toward the wire.

The winner picked up $60,000 and gave owner Irv Naylor his second win in the race. -- Steeplechase Times (

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