Dreamin Fool Takes Aiken's Imperial Cup
March 26, 2016
National Steeplechase Association
Virginia Lazenby’s Dreamin Fool (right) set the pace in the Aiken Spring Races’ $30,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup, was headed by Orchestra Leader approaching the final fence, and fought back to win Saturday’s featured optional allowance hurdle by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Doug Fout, Dreamin Fool gave jockey Kieran Norris his third straight win in the Imperial Cup. The Imperial Cup victory also was the second in three years for Virginia-based Fout and Lazenby, a Nashville resident who is a National Steeplechase Association board member. Fout, the NSA’s vice president, and Lazenby teamed up in 2014 for a victory by Pleasant Woodman.
Dreamin Fool, an 8-year-old Woke Up Dreamin gelding, won his second straight race and his second consecutive win at Ford Conger Field, where he scored in a maiden hurdle at the 2015 Aiken Fall Races on Halloween.
Sent off in a driving rain accompanied by thunder, Dreamin Fool jumped onto the lead immediately and opened a daylight advantage over Bruce Smart Jr.’s Orchestra Leader. They held those positions until Sean McDermott sent Jimmy-Day trained Orchestra Leader after Dreamin Fool into the final fence.
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