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October 21, 2013

ExtraExtraordinary Euthanized At Far Hills

ExtraExtraordinary, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Susan and Charles Strittmatter of Clorevia Farm in Virginia and trained by Doug Fout, was humanely euthanized on the track following a catastrophic injury in the third race of the Far Hills Race Meet in Far Hills, N.J. 

October 4, 2013

Italian Wedding Makes Sheppard A Proud Father At Saratoga

Jonathan Sheppard scores his 14th New York Turf Writers win with a homebred.

My big, fat Italian Wedding? Well, not anymore.

Italian Wedding, as Jonathan Sheppard explained, “was quite small when he was a young horse and a little on the chubby side. He was kind of...cute, but he didn’t look really look like any major race horse. He looked like a fat little pony.”

January 30, 2012

Early Nominations Wanted For Maryland Hunt Cup

The Maryland Hunt Cup Association has announced a new early nomination process for the 116th running of the event on April 28 in Glyndon. The new process is intended to create more excitement about the race, earlier, as spectators and sportswriters will know which horses are aiming for the Hunt Cup and will be able to follow their favorite during the spring timber season. Nominations will continue to be handled by the National Steeplechase Association office.

January 12, 2012

Free Rein With: Paddy Young

Paddy Young finished 2011 the same way he did the two previous years—as the National Steeplechase Association’s champion jockey. The Irish native rode 112 races in 2011 and finished with 27 wins, including the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, to claim the money-won and races-won titles.

Young grew up with horses in Ireland and moved to England to continue his jockey training before landing a job at Jack Fisher’s Maryland barn in 2003.

October 4, 2011

Two Horses Euthanized At Virginia Fall Races

Three freak accidents involving two horses and one groom occurred at the Virginia Fall Races.

Race officials reported that Irv Naylor’s horse Wolfe Tone had to be euthanized after breaking his leg on a turn between the second-to-last and last fences in the $35,000 National Sporting Library/Chronicle Cup Timber Stakes.

Ridden by Mark Beecher and trained by William Meister of Maryland, the 7-year-old bay gelding (Partner’s Hero—Linkashot, Celtic Cone) had three point-to-point wins since starting over fences in 2009.

May 27, 2011

Private Attack Wins Second George Brown Bowl

For the second consecutive year, Private Attack, owned by Sportsmans Hall and trained by Alicia Murphy, took home the George Brown Bowl for the timber horse judged to have the best performances over the five Maryland spring sanctioned races. He earned wins at The Grand National and The Maryland Hunt Cup with rider Blythe Miller Davies—a feat only accomplished by four horses in the last 26 years.

April 14, 2011

Up But Not Over At Carolina Cup

Class Century’s antics in the paddock earned him “a few choice names” but didn’t deter jockey Xavier Aizpuru from getting back on for the win.

Most jockeys want a finish with a bit of dramatic flair, but beginning a race that way isn’t usually a harbinger of good things to come.

December 28, 2010

Torres' Condition Upgraded

Steeplechase jockey Jorge Torres remains unconscious after a fall on Nov. 13 at the Colonial Cup meet (S.C.), but he is showing improvement.

The 25-year-old was critically injured when his mount, Rafael Fernandez’s Class Moon, fell over the third hurdle from home in the $25,000 hurdle stakes for 3-year-olds. The horse was unhurt in the accident.

Torres suffered a severe concussion, a broken pelvis and fractures in his back and was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C., where he remains at press time. 

October 30, 2009

Your Sum Man Pulls Off Some Upset At Far Hills

Trainer Tom Voss had a surprise up his sleeve in the Grand National.

Up until a few weeks ago, trainer Tom Voss’ charges were circling the National Steeplechase Association’s horse of the year title but not quite part of the contest. That all changed with Your Sum Man’s impressive win in the $250,000 Grand National Grade I Hurdle Stakes at Far Hills Race Meeting, Oct. 17.

October 30, 2009

Seeyouattheevent Steals The Show At The International Gold Cup

Jeff Murphy was the king of Great Meadow at the International Gold Cup.

Choosing to remain in The Plains, Va., for the International Gold Cup instead of traveling north to Far Hills, N.J., for the Far Hills Race Meet proved to be a rewarding decision for Jeff Murphy.

With two major meets running on Oct. 17, Murphy capitalized on the jockey deficit by picking up two rides for Maryland trainer Jack Fisher.

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