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Legends Of Steeplechase: Cheekily-Named Good Night Shirt A ‘Horse Of A Lifetime’

Sonny Via remembers feeling a little shy, almost sheepish, at cocktail hour before collecting the 2007 Eclipse Award. His Good Night Shirt had run away with the voting that year, winning three grade 1’s – second in another. The horse was clearly best. Via says he felt almost like an imposter. Hobnobbing with thoroughbred racing’s […]

Invisible Hand: Clerk Of The Course Bruce Fenwick Talks Shawan Downs

They’re the ones you don’t notice. And if you do notice, there’s something wrong, so honestly, they sorta hope you don’t notice. The clerk of the course plays a critical, albeit invisible, role in race meet management, a year-round position that’s more avocation than vocation. Meet Bruce Fenwick, serving the traditionally defined duties of clerk […]

Howe He Did It: Steeplechase Legend Trained Champions Over Jumps And On The Flat

Peter Howe passed away on Thursday, September 15. In his memory, we are republishing this piece by Betsy Burke Parker from the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation, originally published in July, 2020. Read Howe’s obituary HERE. A racehorse riddle: What’s the X-factor when it comes to producing a champion? Nature or nurture? Peter Howe knows from […]

Not Quite A Race, Not Quite A ‘Chase: Foxhall Farm Cup Challenge A Real Throwback To The Gilded Age Of Steeplechase

In late October, 1920, Foxhall Keene initiated what remains possibly the most unique interpretation of jump racing ever seen in America, a team ‘chase across the hunt country starting and finishing on his Foxhall Farm in Monkton, Md. Teams of three representing a dozen recognized hunt clubs took to the course – a shotgun start, […]

Dr. Erica Gaertner: New Medical Director Aims To Provide ‘Consistency Of Care’ For U.S. Jumps Jockeys

If you said Erica Gaertner has handled her life with surgical precision, you’d be right. The Baltimore native, longtime steeplechase horsewoman and medical professional this year becomes the National Steeplechase Association’s first-ever medical director, linking her intimate knowledge of jump racing and sports medicine to create the association’s first centralized liaison for rider health and […]

In A Time Of Contraction, Saturday’s Brand-New Florida Steeplechase Offers Hope For Expansion

Jump rider Archie Macauley and partner Jessica Berry knew that American steeplechase racing needed a shot in the arm. Their grand plan has taken shape to build up to a fabulous race card on March 5, carving a racecourse out of a Florida field where none existed before and piecing together entertainment to carry what […]