Reigning Eclipse Award winner Demonstrative began the defense of his North American championship with a game neck victory over Mr. Hot Stuff in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Irouqois, the signature race of Saturday's Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville and the richest race on the National Steeplechase Association's spring schedule.
Three Eclipse Award champions -- Demonstrative, Divine Fortune and Pierrot Lunaire -- have been entered to contest Saturday's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), the signature race of Saturday's 74th annual Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.
Michael T. Wharton's Grinding Speed established himself as the horse to catch for this year's timber championship when jockey Mark Beecher laid down a strategically slow pace in Saturday's $90,000 Virginia Gold Cup and then turned back a stiff challenge from Dakota Slew to win by a length.
NSA champion trainer Jack Fisher took the first two spots in the $75,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase for novices on Saturday when Selection Sunday came home 2 1/2 lengths clear of stablemate Schoodic at the 20th annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase at Brooklandwood Race Course near Charlotte. Street Fight finished third.
Gil Johnston's Mr. Hot Stuff and jockey Paddy Young returned to the races in the Middleburg (Va.) Spring's $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) on Saturday, and together they denied Irv Naylor's Decoy Daddy a third straight victory by a neck. All Together finished third, and Staying On claimed fourth money.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and the racehorses Lava Man and Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the contemporary category.
Betsy Mead's Forgotten Man made a winning move on the final turn at the Carolina Horse Park and drew clear to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Sandhills Cup, the featured optional allowance hurdle at the 64th annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase on Saturday in Raeford, N.C.
With one horse developed in Camden, Upstart, already being pointed toward a start in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, another Thoroughbred with local connections can help cement his starting spot in the May 2 race in Louisville this weekend.
Alto Racing's Materiality battled even-money favorite Upstart through the stretch before registering a 1 ½-length victory in Saturday's $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) in just his third lifetime start in Gulfstream Park's signature event.
On a day in which temperatures hovered in the 50s and, at times, featured swirling winds, the undercard at Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course was equally varied.
A few hundred yards away, trucks carrying workers zig-zagged their way in and around the Springdale Race Course in final preparation for Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup. Tucked away in a barn located behind the National Steeplechase Museum, Brian Murphy stands atop the straw in a stall as he brushes down one of his horses with the only sound here being that of a few chirping birds on a relaxed Monday morning.