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Black Quartz shines in Queen's Cup win

Posted: April 30, 2013 2:42 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Leading owner Irv Naylor’s Black Quartz, benefiting from a savvy inside trip under Paddy Young, surged to the lead in the late stages of the $50,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ‘Chase and easily turned back a late challenge by Wild for Gold to win by 2 3/4 lengths in the feature race at Saturday’s Queen’s Cup Steeplechase near Charlotte.
Mr. Hot Stuff, which ran in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, finished third for trainer Jack Fisher in a talented field of seven novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences with Sean Flanagan up
Young took the inside path and tucked French-bred Black Quartz in midpack before making his charge to the lead. Black Quartz drew clear and had no difficulty resisting the late move of the Janet Elliot-trained Wild for Gold (Bernie Dalton), a supplementary entry to the Queen’s Cup. Barnstorming (Darren Nagle) finished fourth, followed, in order, by Forgotten Man (Jeff Murphy), 2012 National Steeplechase Association novice champion and 2013 $50,000 Carolina Cup winner Alajmal (Ross Gerghty), and Fog Island (Robbie Walsh), who was pulled up before the ninth fence.
Trained by Brianne Slater, Black Quartz ran the 2 3/8 miles of the Queen’s Cup in 4:25 on firm ground.
Naylor, who made a dramatic surge to the lead in the owner standings a week earlier with five wins, added a second Queen’s Cup victory when All That Rules won the second division of the King George III Sport of Kings maiden hurdle. Slater also trained All That Rules, who was ridden by Ross Geraghty. The reigning champion jockey also picked up a win on Gil Johnston’s Alburj for Hall of Fame trainer Elliot in the first division of the King George III.
Demonstrative, runner-up in last year’s Eclipse Award voting after scoring two Grade 1 victories including the season-ending $100,000 Colonial Cup in Camden last November, returned to action in the Trugreen training flat race and won with authority.
Prof holds class in Maryland: Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Professor Maxwell took control from the start of the 117th running of the $75,000 Maryland Hunt Cup and scored a three-length victory in the concluding race of the Free State’s timber triple crown on Saturday.
 Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Mark Beecher, Professor Maxwell ran the testing four miles and 22 fences of the Hunt Cup in 8:57.60 on firm ground.
Kinross Farm’s Sand Box Rules finished second, and FOXY Stable’s Guts for Garters took third money. Lucy Goelet’s 13-year-old Twill Do, bidding for his third Hunt Cup victory in four years, finished fourth.

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