Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative, winner of three Grade 1 races in 2014, was crowned Saturday as the National Steeplechase Association’s Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner as the year’s leading earner.
The award was presented at the annual Awards Dinner and Jockeys’ Ball, sponsored by the NSA and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association, at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, S.C.
A few hours earlier, the seven-year-old Elusive Quality gelding had finished third in the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) at the Springdale Course a few hundred yards from the museum.
Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Robbie Walsh, the striking Gainsborough Farm-bred gelding put together an impressive streak of victories through the summer and fall. Second by a nose in Saratoga Race Course’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) on July 31, he won Saratoga’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) by a half-length on Aug. 25.
Demonstrative scored a commanding one-length victory in Belmont Park’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) on Sept. 18, and a month later was equally impressive in taking the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) at Far Hills, N.J., by 3 3/4 lengths.
That string of victories assured him the Lonesome Glory Champions Award as the year’s leading earner even before the Colonial Cup, the year’s final Grade 1 race. His $362,500 in 2014 purses moved him into fourth place by all-time earnings in NSA races.
Jack Fisher had a two-victory day at the Colonial Cup to sew up the trainer championship by purses. He already was assured of his third straight title by wins going into the year’s final race meet.
Fisher also reigned as the year’s leading timber trainer. Holston Hall’s Hot Rize, winner of the Virginia Gold Cup at The Plains, Va., was crowned as the year’s champion timber horse, and Mark Beecher was the sport’s top timber jockey.
Willie McCarthy led the jockey standings from the year’s first meets and was the champion jockey by both victories and purse winnings.
After a one-year absence, Irvin S. Naylor returned to the top of the owner standings by purse winnings, with more than $500,000. His Bittersweetheart was crowned as the Life’s Illusion Filly and Mare champion after winning the Iroquois Steeplechase’s Margaret Currey Henley Stakes and being placed first in the Peapack Stakes at Far Hills. The British-bred mare is trained by Leslie Young.
Naylor’s stable rider, Carol-Ann Sloan, was the year’s champion apprentice jockey and amateur jockey.
Rodman W. Moorhead III’s All the Way Jose won Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle and assured himself the year’s novice title with $149,700 in purse earnings. He is trained by Racing Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard.
Beverly Steinman’s Perfect Union won Far Hills’ Gladstone and finished second in the Colonial Cup’s Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial to claim the year’s three-year-old championship. Nancy A. Reed’s Handsome Hoyt, pacesetting winner of the Woolfe, finished second in the standings.