Gillian Johnston’s Mr. Hot Stuff, gutsy winner of the $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) last fall, was crowned the National Steeplechase Association’s Lonesome Glory Award winner as 2017’s leading earner at the NSA’s gala awards dinner Thursday evening at the Maryland Club in Baltimore.
The dinner and awards ceremony, sponsored by the NSA and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association, attracted a crowd of more than 140 to toast the champions of the 2017 racing season.
NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri presented the Lonesome Glory Award to the staff members of Jack Fisher’s barn who cared for Mr. Hot Stuff through the 2017 season.
The steeplechase veteran, then 11, capped his long career with a nose victory in Far Hills’ Grand National, the year’s richest race. His earnings totaled $251,000, well clear of Buttonwood Farm’s All the Way Jose, the Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) winner who finished third in the Grand National.
Mr. Hot Stuff and All the Way Jose are finalists for the year’s Eclipse Award with Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, who was undefeated in his two 2017 starts, the Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) at the Middleburg Spring Races in April and the Iroquois Steeplechase’s $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) in May. The Eclipse Awards will be announced next Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Reigning as the year’s leading owner was Bruton Street-US, the racing operation of Maryland friends Mike Hankin, Charlie Fenwick, and Charlie Noell. It edged Mrs. Johnston for the title with $438,500 in 2017 earnings.
In addition to Scorpiancer, Bruton Street-US raced novice champion Moscato, winner of Saratoga Race Course’s Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes and Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes.
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Here’s to the 2017 leaders: The NSA’s top horses, riders, trainers, and owners
A rundown of steeplechasing's best of 2017. The champions will be crowned on Thursday at the NSA's annual awards dinner, at The Maryland Club in Baltimore - tm