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Daltons, Down Royal close out NSA campaign with a win in Charleston
CAMDENS KATE DALTON SADDLED Down Royal for its victory in Sundays $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. - photo by Tom Didato
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.