With regular jockey and Camden resident Bernie Dalton committed to Diplomat, Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. had to go rider-shopping for Top Striker, and he came up with Paddy Young, the reigning champion National Steeplechase Association jockey.
Irv Naylor's Rawnaq, undefeated this year and tested to the limit in his most recent jumps start, heads a talented field of eight for Saturday's $350,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America's richest steeplechase race.
Irv Naylor's Rawnaq, undefeated this year and unchallenged at the top of the 2016 National Steeplechase Association ratings, heads 10 nominees to the $350,000 Grand National at the Far Hills Races on Saturday.
The Fields Stable's Portrade led every step of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) last Thursday and held off a late challenge by Andi'amu in Saratoga Race Course's stretch to win by a length. Bruton Street-US's Scorpiancer finished third, 1 1/2 lengths farther back.
Arnaud Delacour earned the first Grade 1 victory of his training career Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, saddling Green Lantern Stable's homebred A.P. Indian to a 1 ¼-length score over Holy Boss in the, $350,00 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
Oakwood Stable's Kensington Court went to the lead at the start of Saratoga Race Course's $65,000 allowance hurdle, opened a 20-length lead in midrace, and rolled home to an overwhelming 14 1/4-length victory last Wednesday in the fist jump race at the Spa this summer.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard will be honored by New York-based Equine Advocates for his dedication to the humane treatment of racehorses at the organization's 15th annual awards dinner and auction on Friday, July 29, in Saratoga Springs.
Jump racing returns to New England on Saturday with two competitive races as part of the summer racing festival at historic Suffolk Downs in East Boston. A $30,000 Ratings Handicap and a $30,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle both attracted large, competitive fields with also-eligibles.