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Old Warrior Prevails: 13-Year-Old Timber Star Mystic Strike Captures Third Hunt Cup

There were enough storylines in this weekend’s National Steeplechase Association 16-race tripleheader in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia to fill a full chapter in the NSA’s 2022 yearbook. At the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races in Unionville, veteran timber star Mystic Strike made magic one more time, capturing his third Hunt Cup and topping the $300,000 career […]

NSA: Heroics By Andi’amu, Down Royal Made It Gold Cup Day To Remember

If there’s one word that captures Saturday’s International Gold Cup at Great Meadow Race Course in Virginia it’s electrifying. The two highly popular and highly accomplished veterans put on an incredible show in their respective races. Joseph Fowler’s magnificent mare, Down Royal, was up first, in the $75,000 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson stakes, a Grade […]

‘People’s Champion’: $1,000 Purchase Hewick Totally Dominant In Grand National

It was a great day for the Irish at Far Hills on Saturday as TJ McDonald’s Hewick, a 7-year-old trained by John Joseph “Shark” Hanlon and ridden by Jordan Gainford, crossed the ocean to obliterate the field in the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National. The margin of victory was 11 1/4 lengths, and the win […]

Snap Decision, Noah And The Ark Meet Again In Far Hills’ Grand National

The Far Hills Races at Moorland Farm in New Jersey kicks off its second century with the 101st running of the National Steeplechase Association’s marquee meet, a feast of seven sensational matchups anchored by the Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National which has drawn an international assembly of classy jumpers. Click here for all the entries: […]

NSA: Venerable Champion, Burgeoning Star Top Features At Virginia Fall, Genesee Valley

At Virginia Fall A “Cracker” jack performance Until two weeks ago, The Hundred Acre Field’s Cracker Factory hadn’t won a race on the NSA circuit — though he competed against some tough foes — in a dozen tries over three seasons following a successful career overseas. Two weeks ago he broke his maiden over timber […]

NSA: Timber Features On Tap At Geneseo, Middleburg

At the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in Geneseo, N.Y., the only steeplechase in the Empire State away from the flat tracks, three races have been carded, all over timber. Topping the day is the $25,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, at 3 ½ miles. The other races are a $15,000 maiden and a $10,000 allowance restricted […]

Ladies Day: Female Trainers Win All Six Steeplechase Races At Foxfield

Perhaps the time will come when society stops measuring success by gender or calling out milestone moments as notable because they were accomplished by any group outside of the expected. But until then, we’ll continue to celebrate remarkable achievements precisely because they are out of the ordinary and rank as extraordinary. On Sunday at the […]

Shawan Downs Recap: Storm Team Runs Away From Andi’amu In Brown Advisory Timber

Saturday’s eight-race card at Shawan Downs in Cockeysville, Md., was a reminder of what makes steeplechase racing at the hunt meets a day of glorious family fun. Fans picnicking under the bright blue autumn sky in a relaxed, picture-perfect setting of rolling hills and trees, and the non-stop excitement of top-flight athletes competing for purse […]

‘New’ Legacy Chase Kicks Off Fall NSA Hunt-Course Season

After more than two months of high-profile flat-track steeplechase action at Saratoga, Colonial Downs, and Aqueduct, the National Steeplechase Association returns to the hunt-meet courses on Saturday with the 22nd Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs equestrian center in Cockeysville, Md. Jump racing at the flat tracks is a far cry from the atmosphere and activities […]

Champion Steeplechaser The Mean Queen Returns In Thursday’s Entenmann At Aqueduct

Away from the races since a narrow victory over Snap Decision in the Grade 1 Grand National at Far Hills last October which cemented her championship, The Mean Queen was also nominated to Thursday’s G1 Lonesome Glory at Aqueduct, but opted for the Entenmann as a softer opportunity to ease back into competition. At 2 […]