WOLVERTON (L) and PRIZED PUPIL (R) (Douglas Lees Photography)

WOLVERTON (L) and PRIZED PUPIL (R) (Douglas Lees Photography)

Riverdee Stables’ Hear The Word, a four-year-old Virginia-bred colt  who broke his maiden in February at Gulfstream Park and run in Maryland and New York allowance races, is the morning-line favorite at 3-1 opening odds in the concluding race of the VA HBPA sponsored series for Virginia-bred and Virginia-sired horses.  Hear the Word, by Corinthian, out of Finery by Lear Fan, was bred by Althea Richards.

Noble Stable’s Rhetoricalquestion a four-time winner of $86,410 is handicapped at 4-1 for trainer Neil Morris. The five-year-old mare by Oratory, out of Kelly’s Question by Mr.Greely, was bred by R. Larry Johnson and prepped with a fourth place finish in a maiden race at Foxfield in late September.

Two Virginia-breds are entered at 6-1: John H. Baffa’s Prized Pupil (who finished first in last year’s race only to be disqualified when all the horses that remained on course went “off course”) and Rebecca Shepherd’s Searubyrun. Prized Pupil is trained by Tommy Lee Jones and bred by Sally Baffa was recently fifth in a Percy Warner allowance race while Searubyrun was last out fifth in a claiming contest at Fair Hill.

In attempt to solve the problems that plagued last year’s Old Dominion Turf Championship, the Gold Cup race committee, the VA HBPA and the VTA got together and agreed to revise the conditions of the race. Primarily, this year’s race has added an additional condition requiring that entries “have previously started at a point-to-point or under NSA rules.”

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