Black Jack Blues led from start to finish in the Carolina Cup Steeplechase on Saturday.
With Ross Geraghty aboard, the 9-year-old gelding finished the 13-fence, 2 1/4-mile course in 4:06.80 on firm turf. Two-time stakes winner Country Cousin was more than six lengths back in second and All Together finished third.
''It couldn't have gone any better,'' Black Jack Blues trainer J.W. Delozier said. ''It looked like he jumped great. It was his first race of the season and this is his typical running style. I haven't had a chance to talk to Ross yet, but I couldn't have been any happier. It looked like everything went very smoothly. I wasn't sure if he was going to handle this ground, but he seemed to get across it just fine. He got the job done.''
Country Cousin stayed closed to Black Jack Blues for the first half of the race, and All Together pulled up alongside the leader with less than five jumps to go, but the winner never faltered.
''When that other horse came to him it was jus...