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Sara Katz led Straylight Racing's Invocation before his victory at Far Hills. (Tod Marks photo)

Straylight Racing’s Invocation remained undefeated for the year when he scored a two-length victory over Eve Ledyard’s Go Get the Basil in the Steeplechase at Charleston’s featured $30,000 ratings handicap on Sunday. Apple Equipment’s Oskar Denarius finished third.

The South Carolina meet brought down the curtain on the 2018 National Steeplechase Association season and decided several annual championships.

Darren Nagle scored a five-length victory in the afternoon’s first race with Irv Naylor’s Moss Code to secure his second straight title as champion jockey by wins. With another strong fall season, Nagle had 17 victories for the year.

Jack Doyle, who led for much of the year, had been tied with Nagle going into the Charleston meet and finished second in the standings with 16 wins. Moss Code prevailed in the maiden claiming hurdle for trainer Cyril Murphy.

Jack Fisher went into the Charleston meet with a one-race lead in the trainer standings over Ricky Hendriks, and he went two up with a victory by Noble Stables’ Dynaformersrequest in a $30,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle. Willie McCarthy rode the Dynaformer gelding, who was Fisher’s 22nd winner of the year.

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Fisher hat trick highlights Callaway meet

Lead by DASH Stables' It, trainer Jack Fisher reclaimed the top spot in the NSA standings both by wins and purse earnings with three victories at Callaway Gardens on Nov. 3. Ricky Hendriks remains in second place in both catergories with one meet to go. Sean McDermott rode two of Fisher's winners, Gill Johnston's Hanno in the WC Bradley novice timber and Riverdee Stable's Motivational in the Blade & Bow Cup maiden claiming hurdle. Darren Nagle piloted Ice It in the $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle Sport of Kings Novice Stakes for Fisher. Riverdee Stable found the winner's circle for a second time, in the $25,000 Synovus Cup allowance flat race with Lonely Weekend, this one trained by Todd Wyatt and ridden by Lia McGuirk, while Mark Buyck's G1 winner Show Court (Michael Mitchell up) got back to his winning ways in the $25,000 Standard Concrete Cup allowance flat race. Photographer Catherine French has the recap.

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$5,998,500

NSA PURSES IN 2017

480 HORSES

RAN IN 2017

+1,000,000

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12 STATES

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