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Staying On runs off with Queen's Cup feature
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Michael J. Moran’s Staying On moved into contention on the final turn, rushed to the front on the outside at the final fence, and drew clear to an authoritative 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Queen’s Cup MPC ‘Chase, the featured race at Saturday’s 19th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, N.C.The question was whether he was ready to take on Top Striker, owned by Camden’s Sue Sensor, trained by Camden’s Arch Kingsley and ridden by part-time Camdenite Willie McCarthy, winner of the $50,000 Carolina Cup for novices on March 29. Indeed, trainer Jack Fisher had him ready for the 2 3/8 miles of the Queen’s Cup.Betsy Mead’s Forgotten Man set the early pace, with Top Striker and Gil Johnston’s Awesome Pearl stalking Forgotten Man, whose sizable early lead shrank to a couple lengths on the second circuit of the verdant Queen’s Cup course. Meanwhile, Jeff Murphy had Staying On in a comfortable position behind the second flight of horses.Awesome Pearl moved first and took the lead entering the second turn, but Staying On also was on the move.