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    SCORPIANCER TOPS INITIAL 2020 RATINGS

    The three most recent steeplechase Eclipse Award champions rank atop the initial ratings for the National Steeplechase Association’s upcoming 2020 season. The spring schedule kicks off on Saturday, March 21, at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase. The rankings, which determine weight assignments in the increasingly popular ratings handicaps and are a gu...
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    AIKEN SPRING KICKS OFF BUSY 2020 SPRING SEASON

    The National Steeplechase Association kicks off its 2020 season on Saturday, March 21, and the spring schedule offers high-quality racing over hurdles and timber fences, a new race in Pennsylvania, the return of Tryon Block House, and a Fair Hill meet at Laurel Park in Maryland. Topping the stakes schedule is the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois...
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    JOHN McGOURTY, JOURNALIST AND RACE CALLER, DIES

    John J. McGourty, a journalist and Equibase chart-caller who frequently was assigned to steeplechase meets such as the Far Hills Races, died Friday, February 7, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. He was 71. Born and raised in West Newton, Mass., he was a 40-year resident of Falls Township, Pa. He graduated from...
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    MIDWEST TRAINER MICHAEL BERRYMAN DIES

    Michael Berryman, a well-respected and well-liked steeplechase horseman who was based in Johnson City, Tenn., died Friday, Jan. 24. He was 67. Based in the Midwest circuit of steeplechase racing, he was especially active during the 1990s and continued to train into the current decade. Among other owners, he trained horses for Manown “Buck” Kisor,...

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The NSA honors its horse and human champions

he National Steeplechase Association celebrated its 2019 champions both horse and human at Baltimore's Maryland Club on Thursday Jan. 16, and among all the moving tributes was the award for leading jockey. The championship was famously shared by Jack Doyle and Michael Mitchell, who tied for honors with 20 wins each. Mitchell had the opportunity to win the award outright, but opted not to ride in the final meet of the season after Doyle went down with a serious injury a week earlier at Callaway Gardens. Here are highlights of the evening's festivities.

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SOME FACTS ABOUT JUMP RACING IN NORTH AMERICA

$6,233,399

NSA PURSES IN 2018

473 HORSES

RAN IN 2018

1,000,000+

SPECTATORS EACH YEAR

12 STATES

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