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Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier, ridden by McLane Hendriks, won the 118th running of the Grand National timber stakes for trainer Julie Gomena. Tod Marks photo

Talk about a throwback feeling. On Saturday at the Grand National Races in the heart of Maryland timber racing country, it seemed as if it was 2016, 2018, or even 2019. After last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid, fans were allowed to attend the races in Butler at 50 percent capacity, and the

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    Talk about a throwback feeling. On Saturday at the Grand National Races in the heart of Maryland timber racing country, it seemed as if it was 2016, 2018, or even 2019. After last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid, fans were allowed to attend the races in Butler at 50 percent capacity, and the...
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    Kathy Neilson records milestone win

    Pennsylvania-based trainer Kathy Neilson recorded her 200th career win on Saturday when Awesome Adrian captured the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial timber allowance at the Grand National Races in Butler, Md. Kathy, an accomplished jockey who cut her training teeth working for Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard from 1991 to 1997, saddled several horses on ...
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    Grand National preview: Nine to contest second leg of Maryland timber triple

    Timber racing returns to Maryland hunt country for the second Saturday in a row as nine veteran runners including stakes winners Stand Down, Mystic Strike, and Grand Manan, are expected to go to the post in the 118th running of the historic contest in Butler. This year’s Grand National carries a purse of $30,000. And...
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    My Lady’s Manor recap: Vintage Vinnie coasts to first stakes triumph

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Middleburg, here we come!

The steeplechase community will get a much-needed morale boost as the abbreviated Spring season will finally get underway in a big way with an 11-race card at Glenwood Park in Virginia on June 13. The blockbuster program, which begins at 12:30 pm and will be live streamed, has drawn more than 200 entries, including also-eligibles. Highlighting the program is the G3 Temple Gwathmey Stakes, which has drawn a G1 field of nominees, among them: Scorpiancer, Zanjabeel, Surprising Soul, Moscato, and Iranistan. In the co-featured Middleburg Hunt Cup, three of timber racing's best will also go at it -- Doc Cebu, Schoodic, and Andi'Amu. Here are photos of some of the contenders who are expected to participate.

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