With the Eclipse Award for American Steeplechase Horse still up for grabs, 11 of the country's best jumpers have their sights set on a run in the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase.
America's richest steeplechase race, the $300,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) on Saturday, Oct. 17, took on a decided international flavor when a phalanx of overseas-based horses was nominated to the featured race of the 95th annual Far Hills Races in New Jersey.
The Fields Stable's Bob Le Beau burnished his credentials for the 2015 Eclipse Award when he moved powerfully into Belmont Park's homestretch, grabbed the lead inside the furlong pole, and held safe Hinterland for a half-length victory in last Thursday's $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1).
Invitations for the 46th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races to be run over the Springdale Race Course in Camden on Saturday, Nov. 21 have been mailed out to those on the mailing list.
Special Skills showed off some special skills when he took command of Saturday's $30,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle after a mile and drew away to a 3 1/2-length victory in the first jump race held at Suffolk Downs since 1997.
Ridden by Camden's Bernie Dalton, owner-trainer Jimmy Day's Diplomat surged into contention early in Saratoga's homestretch, took the lead over the last fence, and drew away to a three-length victory in Wednesday's $70,000 optional allowance hurdle.
After Brunello and Camden's Liza Boyd cleared the final 4-foot-9-inch oxer in front of a sea of spectators at the Kentucky Horse Park last Saturday, there was little doubt in anyone's mind that history had been made.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, the reigning Eclipse Award winner, will shoot for his third victory in Saratoga Race Course's $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) against a high-quality field on Thursday.
Jonathan Sheppard added to his unprecedented Saratoga Race Course winning streak on Wednesday when Tamara McSorley's Lune de Caro powered through the stretch to take a $65,000 optional allowance hurdle.
Prospect Park, whose path to the Kentucky Derby was compromised by a series of mishaps this spring, put the past and eight rivals behind him Sunday with an impressive performance in the featured Grade III $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.
Trained by Camden's Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband Bernie, African Oil established himself as a rising star over fences when he overhauled a quality field on the final turn in Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes and drew away Monday to his third straight victory.
Joe McSorley's Lune de Caro took the inside path into the final fence of Parx Racing's $35,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle and closed powerfully under Willie McCarthy to win by 2 1/2 lengths last Tuesday at the suburban Philadelphia track.