There are two certainties as to the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechasing. First, it will be an Irish-bred gelding. Second, it will be owned by Irv Naylor.
National Racing Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the guest speaker at the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association awards banquet.
Michael O'Brien, 68, whose career as a steeplechase jockey ended following a fall in the 1974 Carolina Cup steeplechase, passed away last Friday afternoon at Tallaght Hospital in his native Dublin, Ireland, following an illness.
The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at last month's running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to a unit from McEntire Air Force Base which is currently based in the Middle East.
At Christmastime, all roads lead home … even if you go somewhere you never lived before.
Kip Elser, who develops and preps yearlings and 2-year-olds at his Camden-based training facility, Kirkwood Stables, served as a panelist at the Summerhill Stud'ss Ready to Run Gallops in South Africa earlier this fall.
Irvin S. Naylor's Black Jack Blues, a recent Irish-bred import which sailed to two impressive victories in his only U.S. starts, including the $250,000 Grand National, was named the National Steeplechase Association's Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner, bestowed on the horse with the highest earnings in the current racing season.
Members of the armed forces were honored at Saturday's Colonial Cup with all servicemen and women receiving special recognition as part of "Military Appreciation Day" at the track.
The $100,000 TD Bank Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup feature highlighted Saturday's six-race card, which included five steeplechases races and one on the flat and brought the curtain down on the 2011 National Steeplechase Association campaign.
With three fences left to be jumped, Xavier Aizpuru was done with trying to hold back Tax Ruling.
(Editor's note: Don Clippinger is the media consultant for the National Steeplechase Associaton. Here, he gives Colonial Cup fans an outlook of the 12 entries into Saturday's $100,000 feature chase. He also included odds, if pari-mutuel wagering were allowed in South Carolina.)
It took a cold/sinus infection to do what no horse on this side of the Atlantic could do last month.
Arch Kingsley might feel as if he is a stranger in his own house.
It's cold and flu season for horses, too.
The National Steeplechase Museum, located at the front entrance to the Springdale Race Course on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, will host a pre-race party tonight as part of the festive Colonial Cup Weekend.