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Friday, March 05, 2021

Curve of Stones tops very competitive Pennsylvania Hunt Cup field

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Rebecca Shepherd's Curve of Stones, who already won two stakes this year, tops a field of 12 top horses entered in the $25,000 Pennsylvania  Hunt Cup timber race on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Pa. Hunt Cup genericTrained by David Bourke and ridden by Barry Foley, Curve of Stones won the National Sporting Library and Museum Cup Stakes at Middleburg on Oct. 10 and followed that up with a seven length victory in the International Gold Cup Stakes on Oct. 24.

Mystic Strike, trained by Todd McKenna, who won last year's Pennsylvnia Hunt Cup and who was second at Middleburg to Curve of Stones, is back to defend his title.

Super Saturday, trained by Kathy Neilson, second in the 2018 Hunt Cup, third in last year's Hunt Cup and second at this year's Gold Cup, is also entered on Sunday.

Grand Manan, trained by Billy Meister, who was second in last year's Hunt Cup and is always a threat in timber races, is back for another try for a win.


STAND DOWN, trained by Joe Davies, won the 2018 edition of the Hunt Cup but fell in last year's race, is aiming at repeating his 2018 victory.

Just Wait and See, trained by Richard Valentine, who won the Allowance race at last year's Hunt Cup, is also entered.

Jack Fisher, who is currently trailing Jonathan Sheppard in Trainer, Races Won by 2 wins, has Hanno entered.

This will be Curve of Stones first time to run in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Stakes, which, with so may top entries, is stacking up to be a very competitive race.

The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, which is being run without spectators, will be live streamed, and that live stream can be found on the National Steeplechase Association's website.

Post time for the first race. the Lewis C. Ledyard $10,000 Maiden timber, is 1 p.m. and has 10 entries as well as two entered as also eligible.

The $15,000 Arthur A. Choate Jr. Memorial Allowance timber is scheduled at 1:30 and has nine entries.

The Hunt Cup Stakes is scheduled for a 2 p.m. post time.

The final race is the Athenian Idol Apprentice Training flat race has been split into two sections, one with 12 entries and theother with 11 entries.

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