Ivy Hill Stable’s On the Corner scored his second victory in a week when he rallied to prevail by one and three-quarters lengths in the $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup, the featured timber race of the Virginia Fall Races in Middleburg on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Mark Beecher again rode the 7-year-old Smart Strike gelding, who completed the race's three and a quarter miles in 6:34.20 on firm turf.
On the Corner had little success in his debut races over timber fences this past spring, finishing fourth in a $10,000 maiden timber race at My Lady’s Manor and then eighth in a similar race at Winterthur on May 5. But the Alicia Murphy trainee clicked with Beecher at Shawan Downs on Sept. 28, rallying late to win a $10,000 maiden timber contest by three-quarters of a length. The Chronicle Cup was his first attempt at stakes competition.
It was On the Corner's third victory in his 26-start career which began at Laurel Park for breeder Henry Rathbun in 2008, in the fall of his 2-year-old season. Winless in his first 15 starts, he won his first race when transferred to the hurdles in 2011, scoring at Morven Park in a maiden claiming test that October.
On the Corner is the second stakes winner out of graded stakes winner Miss Otis, by One for All. She also produced five-time stakes winner Shiny Sheet, an earner of $543,432.