WHO DO YOU LIKE IN THE $30,000 GEORGIA CUP?
By Don Clippinger
Able Archer. 2012 dk. b. or br. g., Eskendereya—Fareena, by Point Given. Owner: KMSN Stable. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Spirit Lake Enterprises (Pa.) 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2017 NSA record: 5-1-2-0, $19,200. 2016 NSA record: 2-0-0-0, $1,500. Odds: 5-2. Opened 2018 with win in Aiken Spring’s Budweiser Imperial Cup, a ratings handicap. Finished second in a 2017 Montpelier handicap and Virginia Fall’s Bon Nouvel Handicap. Won a 2017 Middleburg Spring maiden claimer and then fell at fifth fence in Radnor ratings handicap. (117)
Perfect Union. 2011 dk. b. or br. g., Purim—Blue Northern, by Top Account. Owner: Beverly Steinman. Trainer: Doug Fout. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Nelson E. Clemmons (Ky.). 2017 record: 3-0-0-1, $6,750. 2016 record: 5-1-0-0, $17,650. Odds: 10-1. Finished fourth in Far Hills’ 2017 Appleton Stakes and third and fourth in ratings handicaps at Middleburg Spring and Iroquois, respectively. Won 2016 High Hope ratings handicap by 12 lengths. Three-year-old champion of 2014 after winning Far Hills’ Gladstone. (114)
With Rhythm. 2011 gr. or ro. g., Thewayyouare—Rhythm and Rhyme, by Unbridled’ Song. Owner: Gil Johnston. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Rhythm and Rhyme Syndicate (Ky.) 2017 record 3-1-0-0, $15,900. 2016 NSA record: 2-0-1-0, $10,250. Odds: 8-1. Won 2017 Atlanta Steeplechase maiden hurdle after sixth in Carolina Cup maiden. Fell in Iroquois allowance hurdle. On flat, had two wins in France and one at Gulfstream Park. (116)
Barnacle Bill (Ire). 2012 gr. or ro g., Big Bad Bob—Katch Me Katie, by Danehill. Owner: The Fields Stable. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Irish National Stud (Ire). 2017 record: 5-1-2-0, $32,700. Odds: 6-1. Toiled in the maiden hurdle ranks in 2017 and after two close seconds broke through for a front-running victory at the International Gold Cup. (116)
Any Given Royal. 2009 b. g., Any Given Saturday—Really Royal, by Unreal Zeal. Owner: Wendy W. Hendriks. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Breeder: Ben Lengacher (Ky.) 2017 NSA record: 7-2-0-1, $39,750. 2016 record: 1-0-0-0, $900. Odds: 10-1. Scored handy maiden victory at 2017 Aiken Spring, then won Tryon Block House flat race. Finished fourth in two Saratoga allowance hurdles. Closed season with third in Charleston allowance hurdle. Debuted over fences with sixth at 2016 Colonial Cup. (115)
Officer Sydney (Ire). 2012 b. g., Lawman—Morena Park (GB), by Pivotal. Owner: Rosbrian Farm. Trainer: Ricky Hendriks. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: Catesby W. Clay (Ire). 2017 record: 1-1-0-0, $21,000. 2016 NSA record: 2-0-0-0, $750. 8-5 odds. In only 2017 start, won Virginia Fall’s Randolph D. Rouse Memorial. Unplaced in two 2016 ratings handicaps after arrival in U.S. (119)