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    ECLIPSE AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced on Saturday the three Eclipse Award finalists in each racing division, and the top trio over fences are, in alphabetical order, Jury Duty, Optimus Prime, and Zanjabeel. The top three were selected in balloting by NTRA racing secretaries, Daily Racing Form editorial employees, and membe...
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    SAFETY COMMITTEE CONTINUES EFFORT TO IMPROVE SPORT

    With the season’s final race meet, the National Steeplechase Association’s Safety Committee concluded the sixth year of its continual efforts to maximize the safety of jump racing’s horses and riders. “The safety of our competitors has always—always—been the first priority of the National Steeplechase Association and its Board of Directors,” sai...
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    VOTING FOR ECLIPSE AWARDS BEGINS

    The Eclipse Awards ballots have been distributed, and the Daily Racing Form past performances for the top candidates contain six steeplechase contenders. In alphabetical order, they are: Stonelea Stable’s Balance the Budget, Hudson River Farms’ Iranistan, Sideways Syndicate’s Jury Duty, Rosbrian Farm’s Optimus Prime, Mark W. Buyck Jr.’s Show Court,...
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    EARLY QUEEN’S CUP SUPPORTER W. JAMES PRICE DIES

    W. James Price IV, father of Queen’s Cup Steeplechase co-chair Bill Price and a strong supporter of the Charlotte, N.C.-area race meet since its founding in 1996, died Tuesday in Towson, Md. He was 94. During a long career in the brokerage industry, he became a partner and managing director of Alex. Brown & Sons, based in Baltimore. A Baltimo...

CHASING IN FOCUS

Charleston meet closes door on 2018 season

Though there was no Grade 1, championship-calibre race on the card, the Steeplechase of Charleston in Hollywood, SC, on Nov. 11, did indeed settle some year-end titles. Darren Nagle, aboard Irv Naylor’s Moss Code, took the opener to successfully defend his champion jockey crown by wins, with 17, one more than runner-up Jack Doyle. Ross Geraghty topped all riders in purse earnings. Jack Fisher, who started the season very slowly, came to Charleston with a one-race lead over Ricky Hendriks for training honors, and increased his lead to two with a score by Noble Stables’ Dynaformersrequest (and Willie McCarthy) in the $30,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle. The victory gave Fisher his seventh consecutive training award. But Hendriks wasn't going down without a fight, saddling Rosbrian Farm's Caldbeck (Ross Geraghty)to win the allowance hurdle, which assured the 3-year-old the title of the game's top young jumper. Caldbeck also won The Gladstone Stakes at Far Hills last month, the season's biggest race for 3-year-olds. Another winner at Far Hills, Straylight Racing's Invocation, captured the featured ratings handicap for Billy Santoro and Sean McDermott. Though it didn't count in the standings, trainer Hendriks won the finale, a training flat race, with Rosbrian's Indigo Heart, the first US victory for jockey Katie Young. Catherine French has the photo recap.

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SOME FACTS ABOUT JUMP RACING IN NORTH AMERICA

$5,998,500

NSA PURSES IN 2017

480 HORSES

RAN IN 2017

+1,000,000

SPECTATORS EACH YEAR

12 STATES

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