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Chasing on a Saturday suits Dubai Sunday just fine after his Colonial Downs victory

Posted: September 22, 2010 2:11 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2010 2:03 p.m.

Irvin S. Naylor’s Dubai Sunday opened a sizable early lead under jockey Darren Nagle and turned back a challenge by One Sea to win a $15,000 claiming hurdle by 4 1/2 lengths at Colonial Downs (Va.) on Saturday. Eagle Beagle finished third.

The longest price in the field of five at 6.30-to-1, Japan-bred Dubai Sunday ran away from his competitors on the first circuit of the spacious Colonial Downs turf course and led by 10 lengths after a mile. Barracuda Racing Stable’s Eagle Beagle tracked him in second for the first 1 1/2 miles before One Sea seized the second spot. Ridden by Roddy Mackenzie, owner-trainer Randy Rouse’s One Sea closed within two lengths at the top of Colonial’s stretch, but Dubai Sunday extended his advantage again and drew away to the finish line.

Eagle Beagle, the 2.40-to-1 second betting choice, came back on the tiring One Sea and finished only a nose back in third position. Junood, owned and trained by Camden’s Dave Washer, finished fourth, and owner-trainer Karen Gray’s 2.30-to-1 favorite Cuse finished fifth.

For Junood, his fourth-place finish snapped a four-race spring season in which he scored three wins wins and a third. The 7-year-old started his 2010 campaign with a victory in a $10,000 claiming race at the Aiken Spring Races on March 20 and then finished third in the $20,000 Sandhills Cup at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase on April 3.

Junood won a $15,000 open claimer at the Block House Races in Tryon, N.C., on April 17, before completing his spring campaign with a 1 3/4-length victory in a $15,000 claimer at the Tanglewood Cup Steeplechase in Clemmons, N.C., on May 8.

This weekend, the National Steeplechase Association has a pair of Saturday stops at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Race Course and at Shawan Downs in Maryland. Sunday, the circuit heads to Charlottesville, Va. for the Foxfield Fall Races.

The stop on the New Jersey shore is the weekend’s headliner as the five-race card with $250,000 in total purses features the $100,000 Helen Haskell Sampson Stakes. The Grade I chase drew a strong field of 10 nominees with three of those coming from the barn of red-hot Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

After a memorable stay in Saratoga, Sheppard nominated A.P. Smithwick winner Divine Fortune and runner-up Arcadius into the field, along with Saratoga winner Sermon of Love.

Desmond Fogarty sent in the name of Tax Ruling, winner of the $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase in May while Hall of Fame conditioner Janet Elliot hopes to send out 2009 Colonial Cup feature runner-up Red Letter Day, who is coming off an injury which sidelined him for the spring and summer campaigns.

The Monmouth is one of three Grade I chases in the fall. The next is the $250,000 Grand National in Far Hills, N.J. on Oct. 23 while the finale is the $100,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup in Camden on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Springdale Race Course.

Colonial Cup information: Invitations for the 41st running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races have been mailed to those patrons on the mailing list.

The flag for the first of six scheduled races for the NSA season finale is set to drop at 12:30 p.m. the gates to the Springdale Race Course will swing open to the public at 9 a.m.

Here are the ticket and parking options available for the Camden fall classic.

General admission tickets: $20 in advance, if purchased before Oct. 30. Tickets will be sold for $30 after that date and at the gates the day of the races.

(Note: Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free, if accompanied by an adult ticket holder.)

General admission parking: $10 cash at the gate on race day.

Infield parking: $135 per parking space, which includes two general admission race tickets

Restricted area parking (for oversized vehicles): $215, which includes a parking space and two tickets

Front row paddock side parking: $265, which includes two general admission race tickets

Grandstand box: $625, which includes box seating for six, one boxholder parking credential and access to the Lexus Post and Paddock clubhouse tent luncheon and all day refreshments

Individual grandstand box seats: $135, which includes a box seat, one boxholder parking credential and access to the Lexus Post and Paddock clubhouse tent luncheon and all day refreshments

Tickets and parking spaces may be purchased in person at the race offices, located inside the National Steeplechase Museum on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, by calling 432-6513 or at the Colonial Cup website at www.carolina-cup.org and click on “Tickets.

For more online information on the races, please log onto www.carolina-cup.org.

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