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Sarah L. Greenhalgh

November 15, 2010

Jorge Torres In Critical Condition After Fall At Colonial Cup

Jockey Jorge Torres was critically injured on Nov. 13 when the horse he was riding fell in the $25,000 hurdle stakes for 3-year-olds at the Colonial Cup in Camden, S.C.

An apprentice jockey, the 25-year-old Torres suffered a severe concussion, a broken pelvis and fractures in his back and was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. At press time, he had not regained consciousness and remains on a ventilator.

The horse, owner-trainer Rafael Fernandez’s Class Moon, was not injured. 

September 21, 2010

Chalfin Injured At Blue Ridge Races

Amateur steeplechase jockey Jake Chalfin was severely injured when he fell from his horse into a fence line at the Blue Ridge Fall Races in Berryville, Va., Sept. 18.

The 32-year-old from Pennsylvania was riding Gum Tree Stable’s 3-year-old filly Sometimes Not in the open hurdle when she bolted off course around the second fence.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Steeplechase Horseman Of The Year: Janet Elliot

It was no surprise to the American steeplechase world that trainer Janet Elliot was inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2009, becoming only the second woman ever to be chosen and the only female trainer to date.

Perhaps the only question is: Why did it take so long to notice her?

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Steeplechase Horse Of The Year: Mixed Up

Four things were against Mixed Up this year: his age, his lack of enthusiasm for soft ground, long distances and heavy weights.

Still, he pulled out the impossible, and at 10 years old, he garnered the titles that had eluded him for his entire career—the National Steeplechase Association Horse of The Year and the Eclipse Award for steeplechasing, which he won by a landslide.

December 11, 2009

Mixed Up Makes His Mark At Colonial Cup

Tears streamed down Danielle Hodsdon’s face as she rode Mixed Up to the winner’s circle of the $100,000 Colonial Cup Grade I Hurdle Stakes, repeatedly hugging him.

“This is the biggest thing that either one of us has ever done,” Hodsdon said, crying. “ ‘Mickey’ is such an amazing horse.”

Showing the determination of a horse half his age, William Pape’s 10-year-old Mixed Up deftly snatched the $100,000 Colonial Cup, putting himself at the top of the list for the Eclipse Award for steeplechasing.

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.

October 23, 2009

Major Price Ups The Ante At Morven Park

Alicia Murphy’s winner cops his signature style, finishing far ahead of the field. 

Major Price and Jacob Roberts made short work of the allowance optional claiming timber race at the Morven Park Steeplechase in Leesburg, Va., on Oct. 10, winning by more than 9 lengths.

But that margin was small compared to the 15-plus length lead they held for most of the race, effectively running the rest of the 11-horse field off their legs. Only William Wofford’s Algezir and Jeff Murphy were close at the end in second place.

October 16, 2009

Erin Go Bragh Delivers On His Promise At Virginia Fall Races

Trainer Doug Fout finally sees his work pay off.

Paddy Young and Magalen Bryant’s Erin Go Bragh had their work cut out for them in the $35,000 National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup timber stakes at the Virginia Fall Races.

They were up against the National Steeplechase Association’s leading timber horse, Irv Naylor’s Patriot’s Path (Xavier Aizpuru), and timber champion Seeyouattheevent (William Dowling) in Middleburg, Va., Oct. 3-4. But the firm going left more questions than answers for the entire field.

October 9, 2009

Bon Caddo Heads Timber Thrills At Shawan Downs

When trainer Bruce Fenwick bought Bon Caddo two years ago, he saw a future show jumper, but the horse had other ideas. Now he’s settling nicely into a career of timber ‘chasing, with his latest victory in the $25,000 Ski Roundtop Timber Stakes at Shawan Downs.

In the process of winning in Hunt Valley, Md., Sept. 26, he bested two former horses of the year—Augustin Stable’s Irish Prince (2007) and Arcadia Stable’s Bubble Economy (2004, 2008).

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