Schoodic, Monbeg Stream shine under dreary skies

By Tod Marks A pair of timber stakes headlined Saturday’s National Steeplechase Association doubleheader in New York and Virginia, and though the meets were about 400 miles apart, wet weather played a role in each. At the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in Geneseo, N.Y., Tuscany Racing’s Monbeg Stream found the winner’s circle for the fourth…

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National Steeplechase Association Awards Gala

Please join us for the 2023 National Steeplechase Association Awards Gala at 6PM on Saturday November 18th, 2023. Hosted by the Aiken Steeplechase Association, in conduction with the Aiken Fall Steeplechase, the awards gala will be located at the Aiken County Historical Museum (433 Newberry Street S.W. Aiken South Carolina 29801.) Cocktail hour, followed by…

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Banner weekend for Young and Procter; Cracker Factory rallies to take Brown Advisory timber stake

By Tod Marks The first weekend of the National Steeplechase Association fall season was a blockbuster for Leslie Young, who padded her lead in the training standings, while Freddie Procter zoomed into the top three among riders. With a hat trick at both Shawan Downs in Cockeyesville, Md., and at Foxfield in Charlottesville, Va.,Young has…

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Legacy Chase kicks off fall NSA race meet season

By Tod Marks The first two of 11 meets through mid-November take place this weekend at Shawan Downs near Hunt Valley in Baltimore County, followed by the Foxfield Fall Races in Charlottesville, Va. After two months of high-profile flat-track steeplechase action at Saratoga, Colonial Downs, and Aqueduct, the National Steeplechase Association returns to the hunt-meet…

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Merry Maker pulls 16-1 stunner; Kingsley runs first, second, and third; Hendriks earns first Grade 1

By Tod Marks Thursday’s Grade 1 $150,000 Lonesome Glory stakes, which kicked off the Belmont at Aqueduct fall meet, was chock full enough story lines to fill any highlight reel. With Bruton Street-US’ Snap Decision coming off a five-month rest, punters bet down the multiple Grade 1 winner of more than $700,000 over hurdles, to…

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Legendary trainer Jonathan Sheppard passes

By Tod Marks Jonathan Sheppard, the most recognizable, celebrated, and honored figure in American steeplechasing, died on Aug. 27 in his Hollywood, Fla., home at age 82. The Hall of Fame trainer was the leading National Steeplechase Association conditioner 26 times and campaigned 15 Eclipse-award winners over hurdles and on the flat. Sheppard, who officially…

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