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Members of the steeplechase community will want to mark their calendars and save the date—Thursday, Aug. 25—for the second annual Go Jump Racing Saratoga Hospitality Tent.
The special event, in a paddock tent overlooking all the activity at historic Saratoga Race Course, will offer an unparalleled opportunity to come together on New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) day and expose other members of the Thoroughbred racing community to the many joys and rewards of steeplechase racing.
Members are urged to attend the event and to bring along members of the flat-racing community as their guests. Food and refreshments will be offered, and the National Steeplechase Association’s Promotion and Growth Committee is planning informational displays to highlight steeplechase racing’s many strengths.
“The first Saratoga event last year was highly successful, and we want to build on its momentum,” said Al Griffin Jr., an NSA board member and chair of the Promotion and Growth Committee.
“We have a great story to tell horse owners and trainers from the world of flat racing,” he said. “We have record-setting purses at meets with very large crowds and great ambience. It’s a combination that can’t be beat, and we want to spread the message at Saratoga, the place where the racing world comes together each summer.”
The first Hospitality Tent event was held in the At the Rail Pavilion and drew a sizable crowd of steeplechase participants and their guests.
Among those who attended was Dogwood Stable founder Cot Campbell and his wife, Anne. Many NSA officers and directors, including Chairman Beverly R. Steinman and President Guy J. Torsilieri, participanted.
After two months and 18 race meets, the National Steeplechase Association spring season came to a rousing close with the traditional finale, the Fair Hill Races in Maryland on Memorial Day weekend. The 7-race card was run under hot, summer-like conditions, making it the perfect setup for Saratoga, which will showcase a dozen jump races, beginning July 27. Other steeplechase races are scheduled for Monmouth Park, Suffolk Downs, and Parx, beginning June 17. Tod Marks has the photo recap from Fair Hill, where Amy Taylor Rowe's Maserati captured the featured $45,000 Valentine Memorial allowance hurdle. For prints and other usage inquiries, visit www.todmarks.photoshelter.com. - tm
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