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Daltons, Down Royal close out NSA campaign with a win in Charleston

Posted: November 13, 2017 3:59 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

CAMDEN’S KATE DALTON SADDLED Down Royal for its victory in Sunday’s $25,000 feature in Charleston. Dalton finished ninth among all National Steeplechase Association trainers in 2017 in money won as her horses brought in more than $200,000.

Riverdee Stable’s Down Royal, trained in Camden by Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband Bernie, turned back a late challenge from Alshibaa to win the Steeplechase of Charleston’s featured $25,000 allowance hurdle for three-year-olds by a neck on Sunday as the National Steeplechase Association concluded its 2017 season.

Hudson River Farms’ Snuggling, disqualified from a victory in Far Hills’ Gladstone Stakes on Oct. 21, finished third, 8 1/4 lengths behind Ballybristol Farm’s Alshibaa. What Gives finished fourth, a neck farther back in a field of eight.

Down Royal completed the race’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:31 on firm turf at Stono Ferry Race Course in Hollywood, S.C.

Burning Approval set the pace past the last fence, but Down Royal overtook him in the run-in and resisted the late move by Leslie Young-trained Alshibaa, ridden by Sean McDermott.

An Alphabet Soup filly bred by the Daltons, Down Royal was bothered by Snuggling in the Gladstone, was forced to the far outside, and finished willingly to be third under the wire. Far Hills’ stewards displaced Snuggling from the winner’s circle to third, and Down Royal was advanced to second.

The day opened with a $15,000 maiden chase won by the Rickey Hendriks-trainer Say No Maux which had Ross Geraghty in the irons. Bugle Blues, owned by Camden’s Sue Sensor and trained in Camden by Arch Kingsley Jr., was second with Michael Mitchell up. Change Maker, owned and trained by Camden’s Dave Washer and ridden by Bernie Dalton, was third.

Part-time Camden resident and 2017 NSA champion jockey Darren Nagle rode Manchurian High to victory in a $25,000 maiden hurdle for trainer Forrest Kelly. The win was Nagle’s 18th of the year. Dalton finished third aboard Buck Benny, trained by his wife.

Nagle finished 2017 with 18 wins from 78 starts. His jumpers won $627,650; good for second in the circuit in purse money. Camden’s Willie McCarthy and Bernie Dalton tied for 10th in wins with six apiece with McCarthy’s mounts having earned $202,150 and Dalton’s, $308,800, placing them ninth and fifth, respectively, in that category.

Part-time Camden resident Richard Valentine, who has a barn at the Springdale Race Course, was seventh in training wins with seven and eighth in earnings with $206,400 from jumpers who scored seven victories with eight second and eight third-place finishes. Kate Dalton was ninth in money-won for trainers as her 33 jumpers, who collected three wins, four seconds and five fifth-place finishes, brought in $200,250 for their connections.

Trained in Camden by Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband, Bernie, Flying Elvis Stables’ Diplomat, winner of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, was eighth in earnings with $113,750 from a win and two thirds in five starts over fences.

Trained in Camden by Kingsley for Florence-based owner Mark Buyck Jr., 2017 Carolina Cup and Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Chase champion Show Court was ninth in earnings with $112,000 after having won twice with a second from five starts.

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