CHARLESTON -- Gil Johnston's Fantastic Song, away from the races for more than 1 1/2 years, roared through the stretch under jockey Sean McDermott to win The Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry's featured $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by three-quarters of a length on Saturday.
Sired by a horse bred in Japan out of a mare hailing from France with one grandfather from Great Britain and another born in Kentucky, Willow U has a lineage which would keep the fine folks at ancestry.com up to their eyeballs in background checking for days upon end.
For many a year, The Mullikin Law Firm Carolina Cup has fallen on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball Final Four. Never, though, has that championship event included a team from the University of South Carolina.
Trainer Ricky Hendriks launched the National Steeplechase Association's spring season by sweeping both divisions of Aiken Spring's $25,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup and a training flat race on Saturday at the Aiken Horse Park.
Good Night Shirt, the Eclipse Award winner for Champion Steeplechase Horse in 2007 and 2008, and the late Thomas H. Voss, a five-time National Steeplechase Association leader in wins and a three-time leader in earnings, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Museum's Steeplechase Review Committee.
Accomplished racecourse performers, two formidable mares, and several intriguing newcomers are among the 11 nominees to the $75,000 Carolina Cup, the featured race of the 85th annual Carolina Cup Races on Saturday, April 1.
Reserved parking spaces for the 83rd running of The Mullikin Law Firm Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races are selling quickly with more than a week before the event but there are still spots in all areas to be had for patrons.
rv Naylor's Rawnaq, whose try for a perfect 2016 National Steeplechase Association season came to an end in the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden, was honored Saturday with the Eclipse Award as the year's outstanding steeplechase horse.