Jillian Tullock, currently the Maryland Jockey Club’s assistant racing secretary, will join the National Steeplechase Association staff on Sept. 4, the NSA Board of Directors announced on Friday. “Jillian Tullock brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the National Steeplechase Association, and we welcome her to the organization,” NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri said.
Hudson River Farms’ Winston C, looking every bit of a winner throughout Saratoga Race Course’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1), took command leaving the final bend, drew off early in the stretch, and romped home to a 8¾-length victory in Saratoga’s signature steeplechase race on Thursday.
Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro and Belisarius hooked up near the furlong pole and went toe to toe for the final 200 yards, with Gibralfaro prevailing by a nose over Belisarius, a 15-to-1 longshot owned by Gary Barber, Brous Racing Stable, and Wachtel Stable.
Winston C, trained by Racing Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard, went off at nearly 1-to-2 with a burst of late money and paid $3.10 to win after running the New York Turf Writers’ 2 3/8 miles in 4:38.16 on yielding turf.
He justified those odds with his 3 1/2-length score in Saratoga’s $150,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) four weeks earlier, and he was meeting a field composed entirely of the Smithwick’s beaten field.
Saratoga Race Course’s $75,000 Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes, canceled on Wednesday because of heavy rains, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29. Entries will close on Sunday for the 2 3/8-mile race on Saratoga’s inner turf course.
(Columbus, NC) August 21, 2019 – The 2019 Tryon Block House Races, scheduled for October 5 and hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in conjunction with the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC), has been canceled due to course-development delays and will return to its traditional spring date in April 2020. TIEC has made
The New York Racing Association has canceled Wednesday’s Michael G. Walsh Novice Stakes because of wet course conditions. Rain and thunderstorms struck the Albany, N.Y., area in the early morning hours and led NYRA to take all races off the turf.
Colonial Downs’ steeplechase program continues Saturday with a $30,000 maiden hurdle and a $25,000 ratings handicap that attracted a competitive field of 10. Four contenders will carry the 158-pound highweight in the handicap based on their 115 ratings. Elizabeth Voss will saddle two of them, Aardwolf and Al, for owner Robert Kinsley. Sean McDermott has