Middleburg Spring Races 2014
was a perfectly precious afternoon in the country for the Middleburg Spring races on April 19--mostly blue skies, mild temperatures and some fiercely competitive steeplechase events at glorious Glenwood Park.
On the day before Easter, some in the crowd were already previewing big, beautiful bonnets, and the people-watching, as usual, was just as much fun as trying to pick the winning horse and jockey. A perfectly legal bookmaker was on the grounds with a chalkboard and a fistful of dollars to handle any wagering. There was some fine dining all around as well at a wide variety of tailgates. Best in show for the day according to the judges was a magnificent and all home-cooked buffet produced by Middleburg’s Robin and Gordie Keys.
In the featured $50,000 Temple Gwathmey, Decoy Daddy prevailed with jockey Carol-Ann Sloan in the irons. The horse is owned by Irvin S. Naylor and trained by Cyril Murphy. The Middleburg Hunt Cup went to Cornhusker in a thrilling finish. He was ridden by Kieran Norris, trained by Alicia Murphy and owned by Armata Stables.