In a wide-ranging presentation to the National Steeplechase Association’s annual meeting on Nov. 14, the chairman of its Promotion and Growth Task Force discussed challenges facing the sport and strategies that the Task Force will pursue to encourage growth in jump racing. NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri asked William J. Price, a horse owner and co-chair of the Queen’s Cup, to chair the Task Force in July. Price said the Task Force has held five teleconferences since then and has embarked on an action plan to expand jump racing. In addition to increasing overall awareness of the sport, the Task…
As part of its mission to develop new owners and to maintain the current ownership base, the National Steeplechase Association’s Promotion and Growth Task Force conducted a poll of former owners to gauge their attitudes. The results are in, and the survey will provide a storehouse of information to develop strategies for building the NSA’s base of owners. Of 189 confidential surveys sent out to owners who had not renewed their owner license since 2010, 49 owners responded. As a group, the former owners are highly diverse. Four in ten were owner-participants in some way, as owner-trainer, owner-rider, or owner-trainer-rider….
Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, winner of three Grade 1 races in 2014, was crowned Saturday as the National Steeplechase Association’s Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner as the year’s leading earner. The award was presented at the annual Awards Dinner and Jockeys’ Ball, sponsored by the NSA and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association, at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, S.C. A few hours earlier, the seven-year-old Elusive Quality gelding had finished third in the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) at the Springdale Course a few hundred yards from the museum. Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by…
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‘Divine’ Intervention: Colonial Cup proves one for the ageless
At age 11, after multiple Grade 1 and Grade 2 victories, 43 starts, an Eclipse Award, and bankroll of nearly $760,000, you might think that Bill Pape's champion hurdler Divine Fortune would have run out of embellishments to his impressive resume. Not so fast. Divine Fortune pulled perhaps his most stunning career accomplishment by going wire to wire in the $100,000 Grade 1 Colonial Cup at Springdale Race Course, defeating stablemate Barnstorming and shoo-in 2014 Eclipse-award winner Demonstrative by 9 lengths, who was coming off three straight G1 wins. The NSA season-ending meet, run under chilly but sunny skies in Camden, S.C., also featured six other races, and photographer Tod Marks was on hand to cover the action.