With only four horses in the $75,000 timber stakes at Iroquois, the chances were good that Irv Naylor’s two entries—Patriot’s Path (Darren Nagle) and Askim (James Slater)—would finish in the money, and they did, in first and second, respectively.
This win gives Patriot’s Path’s trainer Desmond Fogarty his second $75,000 timber stakes win in two weeks. He and Nagle just won the Virginia Gold Cup with Naylor’s Salmo, and Patriot’s Path won the $15,000 allowance race at My Lady’s Manor (Md.) in April.
“In fairness, Patriot had never won a race up until this year,” Fogarty said. “The ground was actually an advantage to him. He ran well last year. He had four starts and four seconds, but he was in really tough company. I think maybe in time he’s a Maryland Hunt Cup prospect.”