The National Steeplechase Association Board of Directors, in a joint meeting with the race-meet chairmen in Herndon, Va., on Friday, approved a schedule of 19 race meets for the spring season. In all, purses will total more than $2.3-million.
Anchoring the spring schedule will be the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville, which will offer a spring-leading $425,000 in purses on May 10, a week after the Virginia Gold Cup in The Plains and its $250,000 in purse money.
Returning to the spring schedule after a one-year hiatus is the High Hope Steeplechase at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Sunday, May 18. Two other meets will be making permanent changes to their racing dates. The Atlanta Steeplechase moves to the third Saturday in April, and the Block House Races in Tryon, N.C., will move from that calendar spot to the first Saturday in May–Kentucky Derby day. Block House officials plan to feature Derby-style festivities on their new date.
The season makes its traditional kickoff with the Aiken Spring Races in Aiken, S.C., on Saturday, March 22, followed a week later by the Carolina Cup in Camden, S.C. Returning for a second year on the spring schedule is the Dogwood Classic at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., on Saturday, April 5.
The Maryland timber classics kick off on April 12 with the My Lady’s Manor in Monkton, followed by the Grand National in Butler a week later and the $75,000 Maryland Hunt Cup in Glyndon on Saturday, April 26.
The rich Iroquois meet is followed a week later by the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa., where more than $200,000 in purse money will be on the line.
Here is the spring schedule:
|Aiken Spring||Aiken, S.C.||Sat., March 22|
|Carolina Cup||Camden, S.C.||Sat., March 29|
|Dogwood Classic||Colonial Downs, Va.||Sat., April 5|
|Stoneybrook||Raeford, N.C.||Sat., April 5|
|My Lady’s Manor||Monkton, Md.||Sat., April 12|
|Atlanta Steeplechase||Kingston, Ga.||Sat., April 19|
|Grand National||Butler, Md.||Sat., April 19|
|Middleburg Spring||Middleburg, Va.||Sat., April 19|
|Foxfield Spring||Charlottesville, Va.||Sat., April 26|
|Maryland Hunt Cup||Glyndon, Md.||Sat., April 26|
|Queen’s Cup||Mineral Springs, N.C.||Sat., April 26|
|Block House||Tryon, N.C.||Sat., May 3|
|Virginia Gold Cup||The Plains, Va.||Sat., May 3|
|Winterthur||Winterthur, Del.||Sun., May 4|
|Iroquois Steeplechase||Nashville, Tenn.||Sat., May 10|
|Willowdale Steeplechase||Kennett Square, Pa.||Sun., May 11|
|Radnor Hunt Races||Malvern, Pa.||Sat., May 17|
|High Hope Steeplechase||Lexington, Ky.||Sun., May 18|
|Fair Hill Races||Fair Hill, Md.||Sat., May 24|