The National Steeplechase Association and HCP Sports are pleased to announce that race videos are now available on the NSA website www.nationalsteeplechase.com. Videos can now be viewed on all types of devices – Windows PCs, Macs, smart phones, Ipads, and other tablets. Click on the HCP Sports banner at the top of the NSA home page beneath the top photo. You will be taken directly to HCP Sports’ VIMEO gallery at HCP Sports’ albums. There, you can click on any of the available videos, which include racing action as well as timely interviews following the race.
Gil Johnston’s Syros, a rags-to-riches horse who went from maiden claimer to Saratoga winner within a few months last year, tops a highly competitive field for the $75,000 Carolina Cup, the featured race on Saturday’s six-race program at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C. The 82nd annual Carolina Cup kicks off with a 1:30 p.m. first post time. In addition to the action in the stakes race for American jump racing’s rising-stars division, reigning Eclipse Award winner Demonstrative has been entered in a 1 1/2-mile training flat race as he prepares to defend his title as North America’s champion steeplechase…
Long a leader in American jump racing, Jonathan Sheppard has developed dozens of top horses and 10 individual Eclipse Award winners. Now, American Steeplechasing’s all-time leading trainer is making a unique offer. He’s willing to share ownership of top-level performer Barnstorming this year. Barnstorming, a stakes winner in 2013 who was twice Grade 1-placed last year, will be the headline horse for the inaugural Owner Symposium and Marketplace Auction on Sunday, April 12, at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, Md. Created by the National Steeplechase Association’s Promotion and Growth Task Force, the Owner Symposium and Marketplace Auction will bring together…
Chasing in Focus
‘Budget’ takes the (Imperial) Cup at Aiken
In contrast to the stormy Mid-Atlantic region, it was hot and mostly sunny in South Carolina for the 49th Aiken Spring Races at Ford Conger Field. Champion jockey Willie McCarthy picked up when he left off last season by capturing the WC Jackson training flat race with Rock Ford Stables' Gun Point and followed it up with another aboard Thomas Nugent's Murphy's Covert in the GH Bostwick maiden claiming hurdle. Ross Geraghty also took two (Armata Stables' Heroic Royal and Jennifer Pitts' Bau Bai Gold), but Kieran Norris snatched the biggest prize, the featured $50,000 Imperial Cup, a Grade 3 stake, with Stonelea Stables' Balance The Budget. Julie Gomena scored a training double on the day with Balance The Budget and Gun Point. The Aiken meet also saw the NSA debut of eventer Jennie Brannigan, who finished fourth on Where's The Beef in the training flat contest. Photographer Tod Marks has the photo highlights.