Officer Sydney and McLane Hendriks near the wire in the Louis "Paddy" Neilson III timber race.

Showing no signs of rust despite a long layoff, former hurdle competitor Officer Sydney glided to a three-length victory in the inaugural running of the $7,500 Louis “Paddy” Neilson III apprentice timber race at Willowdale over Sherry Fenwick’s As You Like It.  Making his first start over timber — and facing the starter for the




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    Willowdale preview: Big field assembled for Paddy Neilson timber race

    Covid-19 may have taken the wind out of the sails of the 2020 National Steeplechase Association calendar, but this year of unique challenges has also brought out the best in the tight-knit community. During the abbreviated spring campaign, which resulted in the cancellation of all but two meets, generous benefactors stepped forward to donate purse...
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    Big competitive fields shaping up for action-packed Virginia Fall meet

    Nine races with purses totaling $115,000 are up for grabs at Saturday’s Virginia Fall Races at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, as the National Steeplechase Association (NSA) returns to the Old Dominion for the second straight week. Because of ongoing Covid-19 protocols, the event will be run without spectators, but you can still enjoy the races...
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    Shawan Downs Recap: McKenna scores a hat trick; Graham Watters gets back on track

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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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