Current National Steeplechase Association licensed owners are reminded that the deadline for completing the owner survey is Monday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 p.m. There are two good reasons for owners to complete the 17-question poll, which was developed by the NSA’s Promotion & Growth Task Force. Immediately after the survey closes, a drawing will be held, and two winners each will receive a license renewal worth $250.
David Banks, who discovered multiple steeplechase stakes winner Pleasant Woodman, died Saturday, Dec. 6, after sustaining an apparent heart attack at Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, La. He was 65. The popular horseman was the brother of National Steeplechase Association board member Virginia Lazenby and the husband of Allison R. Banks, who races as Farm d’Allie Racing Stables. In partnership, they owned Pleasant Woodman, winner of the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Marcellus Frost Stakes in May and Grade 1-placed in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial at Saratoga Race Course. Banks purchased the Woodman gelding from breeder Foxwood Plantation LLC and trained him…
The National Steeplechase Association’s Promotion and Growth Task Force has begun a survey of current NSA-licensed owners as part of its effort to encourage ownership of jump horses. The survey will continue to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22. To encourage participation, two owners who complete the 17-question survey will win 2015 owner license renewals, a $250 value each. The drawing will take place immediately after the survey closes on Dec. 22. The owner survey follows a similar poll of former NSA-licensed owners in November. Results of that survey were announced at the NSA’s annual meeting in Camden, S.C., on…
Chasing in Focus
‘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.