The National Steeplechase Association’s late-season triple header last weekend clinched several 2015 championships, including Irv Naylor as champion owner, Jack Fisher as champion trainer by wins and earnings with his second million-dollar season, and Paddy Young as champion jockey for a fifth time.
Naylor, a York, Pa., sportsman and philanthropist, finished first and second in the Charleston Cup on Sunday with Jamarjo and Jack Frost to seize his fifth leading-owner title in six years. Through the Charleston Cup meet, he had 2015 earnings of $689,500 to $277,550 for Gil Johnston.
Naylor, whose three wins at the rich Far Hills meet included the Grand National (Gr. 1) with Dawalan, holds the record for owner earnings, $719,725 in 2011.
Jack Fisher swept the top three spots in the Steeplechase at Callaway’s $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle on Saturday to lock down his fourth straight title as champion trainer by wins and his ninth overall.
He also earned his fourth title as champion trainer by purse earnings. Through Sunday, his purses totaled $1,014,600. Cyril Murphy, who trained Naylor’s three Far Hills winners, was second at $472,500. Fisher set the earnings record in 2008 at $1,156,907.
At Callaway, Fisher’s three starters accounted for the lion’s share of the novice stakes race’s purse when Woodslane Farm’s Overwhelming finished a half-length ahead of Gil Johnston’s Broxbourne, with Mrs. Johnston’s Syros taking third money.
Paddy Young, who rode Jamarjo to victory in the Charleston Cup for his wife, trainer Leslie Young, had traveled to the Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday and came away with two victories. One of them was Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu in the featured $40,000 Noel Laing Handicap for Leslie Young, whose 10 wins ranked second in the trainer standings.
Going into the season-ending Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup meet on Nov. 21, the veteran jockey has 23 victories, 10 more than Sean McDermott, who rode Overwhelming in the AFLAC Supreme Hurdle. Young was champion jockey from 2009 through 2011 and again in 2013 before adding his fifth title this year.
The AFLAC victory also gave Overwhelming the top prize in the new Sport of Kings Bonus, which awards points for participation in Sport of Kings maiden hurdles and novice stakes. In addition to his AFLAC score, Overwhelming won Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes.
Syros finished second in the Sport of Kings Bonus, and African Oil was third. The Bonus pool, based on owners’ 5% contributions from purses in the Sport of Kings maiden races and novice stakes, is approximately $50,000, and it will be divided 60% to Overwhelming, 30% to Syros, and 10% to African Oil.