Should either of the four Grade I winners from this year win the $100,000 Colonial Cup Steeplechase, it would go a long way toward swaying the voters when it comes time to select the 2013 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechasing.
After having broken her maiden at first asking with a win in an $80,000 race at Saratoga on Sept. 1, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables' graduate Recepta made it 2-for-3 by running off with the $100,000-added Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.
World champion hunter rider Liza Towell Boyd, her father, Jack Towell, and The Camden Hunt have teamed up to host a hunter/jumper clinic at the Towell family's Finally Farm in Camden on Nov. 29 and 30.
November 06, 2013|
By SALLY KAY
Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.)
Clarke Ohrstrom's Kisser N Run made a strong case for the National Steeplechase Association's Life's Illusion Filly and Mare Championship when she scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Crown Royal Stakes, co-feature of the 29th annual Steeplechase at Callaway on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Bill Pape's Divine Fortune went to the lead immediately in the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), set a comfortable pace without pressure, and drew away through the stretch to a nine-length victory under leading jockey Darren Nagle at the Far Hills Races last Saturday.
The National Steeplechase Association's leading-earners table has a traffic jam at the top, and the sport's top competitors have been nominated to the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), the headline contest of the 93rd annual Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Jonathan Sheppard, a record-breaking horseman and a highly respected leader within the American Steeplechasing community, has been selected to receive the National Steeplechase Association's prestigious F. Ambrose Clark Award.
Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Italian Wedding swept to the lead entering Saratoga Race Course's homestretch under Camden's Bernie Dalton, jumped the final fence boldly, and held off a determined challenge from All Together to win the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) by a length on Thursday, Aug. 22.