DASH Stable’s Ice It, second in the last two editions of the $75,000 Aflac Supreme Hurdle, prevailed by a head over stablemate Gibralfaro in the Steeplechase at Callaway’s signature race on Saturday.
Sean McDermott, aboard second finisher Gibralfaro, claimed foul, alleging interference at the fourth from last fence, but Callaway’s stewards disallowed the claim. Gillian Johnston’s Set to Music finished third, three lengths behind Gibralfaro.
Carrington Holdings’ Boss Man --- which is trained in Camden by Arch Kingsley Jr. --- who had set the early pace with Gibralfaro, finished fourth. Darren Nagle kept Ice It at the back of the field before launching his bid on the final circuit of the Pine Mountain, Ga., course.
Ice It and Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro are trained by Jack Fisher, who completed the hat trick after winning the previous two races on the Steeplechase at Callaway program. The three wins moved the Maryland- based horseman into the lead for the trainer title ahead of Ricky Hendriks.
The Kingsley-conditioned Show Court, winner of the 2017 Carolina Cup, closed the afternoon by winning the $25,000 Standard Concrete Cup flat race. The National Steeplechase Association season comes to a closes on Sunday with the Steeplechase of Charleston meet at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C.