A maiden at the beginning of July, Bruton Street-US’s Snap Decision has risen to the top rungs of the National Steeplechase Association’s novice division, and he heads a talented group of 13 nominees to the $100,000 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at the Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 19. The 2½-mile Foxbrook attracted four nominees who
Formidable overseas invaders, including 2018 winner Jury Duty and top-rated competitiors Wicklow Brave and The Storyteller, are among the 16 nominees to the America’s richest steeplechase race, the $450,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), at the Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Arrayed against nine overseas nominees for the 2 5/8-mile Grand National are the past two Eclipse Award winners, Scorpiancer and Zanjabeel, and the two most recent novice champions, Moscato and Iranistan.
The Grand National’s 16 nominees capped a record 105 horses nominated to Far Hills’ all-stakes races program, with purses totaling $850,000. First post time will be 1 p.m. at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, N.J., and pari-mutuel wagering will be offered on all seven races.
Gordon Elliott, a leading Irish trainer who sent over Jury Duty for an impressive 3 ½-length victory last year, nominated Sideways Syndicate’s standardbearer and The Storyteller, who is owned by Pat Sloan.
The Monday Report for Oct. 7, a late edition featuring the fields for the National Sporting Library and Museum Cup and the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, is now available here. The web address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MR10-7-19w.pdf
Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic, a graded stakes winner over hurdles and now a three-time winner over timber, heads a talented field for Saturday’s $30,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. First post time will be 1 p.m. for the 91st sanctioned running of the historic race meet in Geneseo, N.Y. Trained by Jack Fisher, the current owner’s son,
Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, undefeated in his two starts this season, heads a competitive edition of the $40,000 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, the featured timber race of the 65th annual Virginia Fall Races at Middleburg’s Glenwood Park on Saturday.
First post time is 1 p.m. for the eight-race program, which attracted full fields.
Stakes-placed over hurdles for trainer Leslie Young, Andi’amu was converted successfully to steeplethon racing over mixed obstacles last year and was sent over the timber fences in the current season. He won the Middleburg Hunt Cup by 5¾ lengths in April and the Virginia Gold Cup by three lengths on May 4.
Jack Doyle, who has ridden Andi’amu to victories in their last four starts, will again be in the saddle for the 3 ¼-mile National Sporting Library.
The French-bred nine-year-old will carry 165 pounds and will again meet two competitors from the Virginia Gold Cup. Michael Smith’s Le Chevalier, second at Great Meadow Race Course, will be ridden by Mark Beecher. Also second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup for trainer Julie Gomena, Le Chevalier completed his spring season with a close second in the Radnor Hunt Cup on May 18.
Trainer Kathy Neilson named Gerard Galligan to ride Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday, the third finisher in the Virginia Gold Cup.
Friends of Catherine French will celebrate her life on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the studio at Atlanta Hall in Monkton, Md. Please RSVP to email@example.com A dedicated member of the steeplechase community who was best known for her photography, Ms. French died Sept. 19 after a months-long battle with cancer.