The National Steeplechase Association’s spring season will offer nearly $2.5-million in purses, with significant increases for Sport of Kings maiden hurdles and novice stakes races. The spring schedule was approved by the NSA Board of Directors at its annual joint meeting with the Race Chairmen at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Va., on Jan. 23. In all, 2015 spring purses are more than $300,000 above last year despite the loss of Colonial Downs’ Dogwood Classic from the schedule. As was previously announced, purses for maiden races over hurdles will carry a minimum $15,000 purse. “The race chairmen…
More than 50 National Steeplechase Association stewards and racing officials filled a meeting room at the National Sporting Library and Museum on Thursday, Jan. 22, for the NSA’s annual pre-season training session. The day-long seminar is required for stewards who will be serving at race meets during the year and provides Racing Officials Accreditation Program continuing-education credits. The information-packed session was held in conjunction with the annual joint meeting of the NSA Board of Directors and the NSA’s race directors the following day at the library and museum in Middleburg, Va. “We are very gratified by the large turnout and…
Guy J. Torsilieri, co-chair of the Far Hills Racing Association, was re-elected president of the National Steeplechase Association at its Board of Directors’ annual meeting with the Race Chairmen on Friday, Jan 23, at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Va. Torsilieri has served as the organization’s chief executive since 2009. Also re-elected were Chairman Beverly R. Steinman, Vice President Doug Fout, and Secretary W. Patrick Butterfield. Charles Strittmatter was elected treasurer and will head the board’s executive committee.
Chasing in Focus
Jumping for joy: Demonstrative wins 2014 Eclipse Award
The 7-year-old Elusive Quality gelding, owned by Jacqueline Ohrstrom, trained by Richard Valentine, and ridden by Robbie Walsh, won three of six starts - all Grade 1s -- and was named champion steeplechaser of 2014. Here's a look back at Demonstrative's championship season - tod marks