NSA News

Virginia Gold Cup adds Grade 1 to NSA Calendar

By Tod Marks The new stake coupled with an enriched Iroquois program makes for an unprecedented cross-country racing spectacular with two meets worth nearly $1 million on successive weekends. The Virginia Gold Cup Association revealed plans for a new Grade 1 fixture to be run as part of the sensational $430,000 card at Great Meadow…

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Aiken brings down curtain on NSA season

By Tod Marks on Saturday at the beautiful new venue on Richland Avenue in Aiken, S.C., with a five-race card worth $130,000. In addition, the Aiken Steeplechase Association will unveil it’s just completed three-floor tower at the finish line that offers a viewing area for owners and invited guests, a gathering place for pre-race officials…

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Lightning Ridge romps in Alston Cup, but comes up short in bid for title

By Tod Marks Though most key championships were already decided, the second to last meet of the 2023 National Steeplechase Association season still packed plenty of drama, deciding the title of leading three-year-old and likely settling the jockey championship as well. In the featured $35,000 Alston Cup, one of only two stakes restricted to sophomores…

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The jumpers head to Charleston on penultimate NSA weekend

By Tod Marks Since the Colonial Cup ended its run in 2018, the National Steeplechase Association has concluded its season with the Steeplechase of Charleston, a meet that’s played a key role in the race for leading trainer, jockey, and three-year-old. Though the schedule’s changed, and Aiken will mark the end of the calendar on…

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Cool Jet, Zabeel Champion, Right Tempo, and Royal Ruse star in busy weekend

By Tod Marks After a 17-race tripleheader, Graham Watters overtook Harry Beswick in the race for leading jockey honors, while Leslie Young continued her march toward a second straight training title. At Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. Court Ruler lays down the law in $25,000 steeplethon Leipers Fork Steeplechasers’ Court Ruler ran his 2023…

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