Bill Pape and Jonathan Sheppard's Divine Fortune, dominant winner of the $250,000 Grand National at the Far Hills Races last October, was honored Saturday evening with the 2013 Eclipse Award as Thoroughbred racing's champion steeplechase horse.
While it may not have been on the flat track, The Elkstone Group LLC's Bodie Island roared to a 2 ¾-length win a short trip from where he was developed when he jumped his way to victory in the $20,000 Hobkirk Hill Starter Allowance at the Nov. 23 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden.
William L. Pape's Divine Fortune, who drew clear from an all-star field in Far Hills' Grand National (Gr. 1) was crowned as the National Steeplechase Association's 2013 earnings champion at awards ceremonies on Nov. 23 held at Springdale Hall in Camden.
When officials with the National Steeplechase Association and the Colonial Cup decided to add an additional race to Saturday's 44th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup race card, few would have known the difference it would make to, at least, one person.
With an unusually large number of year-end titles on the line, 13 horses from American Steeplechasing's championship division will line up Saturday, Nov. 23, for the 44th running of the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1).