Time is running out to make your reservations for the second annual Go Jump Racing Saratoga Hospitality Tent on Thursday, Aug. 25. Tickets, limited to 100, are $50 each and include all the amenities of the Saratoga experience. Contact the NSA office to make your reservations.
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.
As Irv Naylor’s Rawnaq headed back to the barn after his stirring Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) victory on May 14, one question was left unanswered. Will he or won’t he?
The subject of the question was the Brown Advisory Cheltenham-Iroquois Challenge, a $500,000 prize to any horse able to win the Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) and the Cheltenham Festival’s Ryanair World Hurdle (Gr. 1) in a 12-month period.
Trainer Cyril Murphy, who had watched the epic battle on the Iroquois Steeplechase’s giant matrix board, accurately pointed out that the three-mile World Hurdle was 10 months distant, and a lot can happen in that time. How well he knew. Naylor’s 2015 Eclipse Award champion, Dawalan, went to the sidelines for the year after an early-spring injury.
Naylor, who shattered his own earnings record last year, offered a subtle and definitive answer to the big question on that shining afternoon in Nashville. With wife Diane beside him, Naylor said: “I think this horse will represent the United States well in England next year.”
In time for the Winterthur Races, friends and associates prepared a loving video tribute to George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, the visionary conservationist, philanthropist, artist, and accomplished sportsman who died in late April at the age of 79.
He had long and intimate connections to both Winterthur and the Radnor Hunt Races. A lifelong resident of the Brandywine Valley, he led a carriage parade each year from his home, The Big Bend in Chadds Ford, Pa., to the Winterthur grounds.
In 1967, he and two associates purchased 47 acres of Chadds Ford threatened by industrial development, and that land formed the core of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. The Conservancy is the principal beneficiary of the Radnor races.
A graduate of Yale University, he was a protégé of Andrew Wyeth, a Brandywine Valley resident whose works grace the galleries of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, which opened in 1971.
A 30-minute documentary featuring the Carolina Cup—all its history, significance, and downright fun—has been released by Ride TV, a 24-hour, high-definition cable-television channel focused on the equestrian lifestyle.
The well-produced documentary with host Meg Drake takes viewers through the excitement of this year’s race day and provides comment and commentary on why the spring steeplechase event is important to its home, Camden, S.C., and to the world of jump racing. It has evolved into a “Southern tradition,” Carolina Cup CEO Nick Ellis said in an interview with Drake.Among those interviewed was National Steeplechase Association Chairman Beverly R. Steinman, who also is chairman of the Carolina Cup Racing Association. A long-time owner, she said the young people who turn out for the Carolina Cup and return year after year make the event so special…
To see more about Ride TV and The Carolina Cup, and to learn how to view the full online TV show, click the button below.
With a final bid of $44,000 from trainer Jack Fisher on behalf of new client Matt Groff, three-time hurdle winner Selection Sunday topped a select sale of steeplechase horses and prospects Sunday at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va. Gross receipts for the sale were $138,000, with seven horses changing owners. Sold by