After last year’s hiatus due to the Kentucky Horse Park’s work to prepare for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the High Hope Steeplechase will return on May 22 with $70,000 in purse money.
As part of the 2011 schedule, the final race of the day will feature students from the North American Racing Academy competing for the win in the “Catch A Riding Star” race. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron launched NARA in 2006 with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to give prospective jockeys a proper education on and off of the racetrack. Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Ky.) now recognizes NARA’s curriculum.
Proceeds from the 44th annual High Hope Steeplechase day will benefit Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. To date, High Hope Steeplechase has helped raise more than $1.5 million for charitable causes.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
1:45 p.m.—The David Mullins/Bill O'Neill Maiden Claimer
2:30 p.m.—The Ramsey Farm Starter Allowance
3:15 p.m.—Sport Of Kings Maiden Hurdle
4:20 p.m.—The Jay Trump Timber
5:15 p.m.—Catch A Riding Star Race