Bruton Street-US’s 2016 timber champion Two’s Company heads a highly competitive field of 11 for Sunday’s $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase, the featured race of the 27th annual Willowdale Steeplechase meet in Kennett Square, Pa. The traditional Mother’s Day program kicks off with a 1:30 p.m. first post time. Two’s Company was denied a chance to run
The Fields Stable’s Sarah Joyce will attempt to win her third straight $50,000 Margaret Currey Henley Stakes on Saturday when she meets 10 other females at the 78th annual Iroquois Steeplechase at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park. The Margaret Currey Henley will be one of the supporting stakes races for the Iroquois meet, which features the
Two accomplished newcomers will take on leading members of America’s rising-star division in Saturday’s $100,000 Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle at the 78th annual Iroquois Steeplechase. The 2¼-mile Marcellus Frost is limited to novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences, and it will be one of the supporting feature races leading up
Champions Scorpiancer and Moscato, who helped to lift Bruton Street-US to the 2017 National Steeplechase Association owner title, head a select field of six for Saturday’s $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), the marquee race of the 78th annual Iroquois Steeplechase at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park.
The Calvin Houghland Iroquois, the NSA’s first Grade 1 race of the year, will conclude a seven-race program that includes two other stakes races, the Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle for novices and the Margaret Currey Henley for fillies and mares. First post time is 1 p.m. CDT.
Scorpiancer conquered the Calvin Houghland Iroquois’ three miles in 2017, winning by 16 lengths, and was voted the year’s Eclipse Award as North America’s champion steeplechase horse.
He went to the sidelines after his Nashville victory and missed all of the 2018 season. He returned to the races on April 20 and was pulled up in the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2).
Moscato, the 2017 novice champion, also missed the 2018 season and returned with a 3½-length victory in the Temple Gwathmey in Middleburg, Va. He also has won at Percy Warner, where he scored a 6 ½-length victory in an allowance hurdle in 2017.
Champion trainer Jack Fisher named Sean McDermott to a return ride on Scorpiancer, and current leading jockey Michael Mitchell again will be aboard Moscato.
Read about Andi’amu’s triumph in the Virginia Gold Cup and Optimus Prime’s easy victory in the David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) in the latest report of the Monday Report, available here. The address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MR5-6-19w.pdf
Exercising an abundance of caution to protect horses and jockeys, the Winterthur Races committee and the meet’s stewards decided to cancel Sunday’s races because of heavy overnight rains that continued through the morning at the course near Wilmington, Del.