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Gerard Galligan riding Jonathan Sheppard's Bet the Pot to victory in the maiden hurdle. ©Grace Beahm Alford/Staff for The Post and Courier

The NSA concluded its Covid-abbreviated season on Sunday with a thrilling exclamation point at the Steeplechase of Charleston in Hollywood, S.C. Coming into the meet, Gerard Galligan and Michael Mitchell were noses apart in the battle for leading jockey, and after the final race was run, Galligan emerged with his first ever title after enjoying

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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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