There’s still time to make reservations for the annual Steeplechase Awards Dinner and Dance to be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Maryland Club in Baltimore. The gala evening is sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association.
Always a popular event, the awards ceremony will celebrate the sport’s 2019 champions and their accomplishments. Topping the awards will be the Lonesome Glory Award for the year’s leading earner. Michael Buckley’s Brain Power secured the award with his victory in the Far Hills Races’ $450,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) on Oct. 19.
Music will be provided by The Release. A cocktail reception opens the evening at 6:30 p.m., and the dinner and awards ceremony kick off at 7:30 p.m. Sam Robinson, the NSA’s official artist, will be displaying his recent works during the reception and dinner.
Tickets are available for $150 per person. To make reservations or to obtain further information, please contact Nancy Dougherty at the NSA office at email@example.com or (410) 392-0700.
In addition to the Lonesome Glory Award winner, the 2019 honorees will be:
Leading Novice: Bruton Street-US’s Snap Decision won four of six starts, including Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes and Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle, and ranked as the year’s fourth-leading earner.
Life’s Illusion Filly and Mare champion: Beverly R. Steinman’s Market Alley led a competitive group of female competitors with a victory in Saratoga Race Course’s Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes.
Timber Champion: Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, trained by Leslie Young, won three timber stakes, including the Virginia Gold Cup, to lock up the title in a competitive division.
Three-year-old Champion: Rosbrian Farm’s Global Freedom shipped in from Ireland to secure a victory in Far Hills’ Gladstone Stakes for leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.
Leading Owner: For the second time in three years, Bruton Street-US led all NSA owners. The operation of friends Mike Hankin, Charlie Fenwick, and Charlie Noell campaigned Grade 1 winner Scorpiancer and novice champion Snap Decision, among others.
Leading Trainer: Jack Fisher dominated the season from beginning to end, won a personal-best 37 races, and established an earnings record of nearly $1.6-million.
Leading Jockeys: Jack Doyle and Michael Mitchell ended the season in a tie with 20 wins apiece after Doyle sustained an injury at the Steeplechase at Callaway and Mitchell declined to take a shot at winning the title outright at the Steeplechase of Charleston.
Leading Apprentice Jockey: Brian Linehan, an Irish point-to-point jockey, rode the fall season and took the apprentice title with five wins in 14 mounts.
Leading Amateur Jockey: Hadden Frost secured the amateur title with five victories, including Schoodic’s wins in the International Gold Cup and Genesee Valley Hunt Cup.