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    VIRGINIA HORSEMAN S. BRUCE SMART JR. DIES

    S. Bruce Smart Jr., a Virginia horseman whose life and career spanned business, government, public service, and environmentalism, died early Thursday. He was 95. A National Steeplechase Association Patron member, he and his wife, Edith, operated Trappe Hill Farm in Upperville, where they settled in 1986. Among the horses he raced in recent ye...
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    RESERVE NOW FOR ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

    Make your reservations now for the gala annual Steeplechase Champions Dinner and Dance to be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Maryland Club in Baltimore. The celebration of the sport’s champions is sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association. All the 2018 leaders will be honored at the di...
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    2018 STEEPLECHASE CHAMPIONS AWAIT CROWNS

    The National Steeplechase Association’s 2018 season has concluded, the wins and purse earnings have been tallied, and now the year’s champions are ready to be crowned. The sport’s leading competitors will be honored Thursday, Jan. 17, at the annual awards dinner, to be held for a second consecutive year at the Maryland Club in Baltimore in conju...
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    INVOCATION SCORES CHARLESTON HANDICAP VICTORY

    Straylight Racing’s Invocation remained undefeated for the year when he scored a two-length victory over Eve Ledyard’s Go Get the Basil in the Steeplechase at Charleston’s featured $30,000 ratings handicap on Sunday. Apple Equipment’s Oskar Denarius finished third. The South Carolina meet brought down the curtain on the 2018 National Steeplechas...

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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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NSA PURSES IN 2017

480 HORSES

RAN IN 2017

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