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Dr. Nick Ellis hits the ground running in search of sponsors for Cup races
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Nick Ellis and his Airedale Terrier, Claire, head to the office at the National Steeplechase Museum. Ellis, a member of the National Steeplechase Association Board of Directors, is the new chief executive officer of the Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup races. - photo by Provided by Catherine French
While riding steeplechasers for the late trainer Bobby Davis at a pair of Delaware Park races in the 1970s, Nixon Ellis was put on two jumpers who ran off with him and didn’t stop until they hit the wire in front of the rest of their respective fields and gave the young jockey two victories. The two jumpers previously had a rider who came from the show jumping world and whose deliberate and more technical style did not suit the free-wheeling jumpers. The wily Davis knew exactly what he was doing in making the change to Ellis, who first came to Davis’ barn in Camden on weekends while he was an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina.

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