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Sarah L. Greenhalgh

May 2, 2008

Sovereign Duty Closes For The Win At Keeneland

Danielle Hodsdon times a perfect finish in Kentucky.

Sovereign Duty proved worthy of his lofty pedigree as he won the $160,125 Royal Chase grade I hurdle handicap in a nailbiter at Keeneland, April 17 in Lexington, Ky.

Owned by Hudson River Farms, the 6-year-old son of multiple Grade I winner Kingmambo had never really fired until last November when he came out of nowhere to place third in the $150,000 Colonial Cup (S.C.).

April 24, 2008

Good Night Shirt Wakes Up For Atlanta Win

Good Night Shirt proved again why he deserved all his awards last year with his latest victory in the $100,000 Georgia Cup at the Atlanta Steeplechase.

This time, April 12 in Kingston, Ga., the win was not so easy for the 2007 National Steeplechase Association’s Horse of the Year and 2007 Eclipse Award winner. The race—just 2 miles long—did not have a wide margin for error, and a spectacularly bad last fence almost kept the silver out of owner Harold “Sonny” Via’s reach.

April 11, 2008

Imagina Makes It Real At Carolina Cup

The mare makes a strong start in the first leg of steeplechasing’s Triple Crown.

A thoroughly drenched Imagina made it look easy as she bested the boys in the $75,000 Carolina Cup, March 29.

Ridden by Jody Petty and owned by Augustin Stables, Imagina came out of nowhere around the second-to-last fence in a torrential downpour to win by 9 lengths at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

March 20, 2008

Hip Hop Rocks At Little Everglades

Running without NSA’s sanctioning doesn’t slow the action in Florida.

Despite running unsanctioned this year, Little Everglades Steeplechase, March 9, had a fair amount of entries, with John K. Griggs’ Hip Hop taking home the $35,000 hurdle stakes feature.

February 6, 2008

William Santoro's Favorite Role Is Played On Horseback

After an acting career, the 57-year-old jockey returned to his roots and is making up for lost time.

Playwright William Shakespeare must have known someone like jockey William Santoro when he penned, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…”

Because at age 57, Santoro is definitely working on yet another career in his full life, one that has heads turning and trainers interested.

December 6, 2007

Good Night Shirt Wears The Title At Colonial Cup

With three Grade I wins, he looks like a top candidate for an Eclipse.

Good Night Shirt left little doubt he was the strongest horse in the $150,000 Colonial Cup, Nov. 18, winning with authority and snatching the National Steeplechase Association Horse of the Year
title simultaneously.

November 15, 2007

Planets Aligned Proves Himself At Callaway

He gains the respect of rider Chip Miller as he wins in Georgia.

When jockey Chip Miller picked up the ride on Fox Ridge Farm’s Planets Aligned last May, he certainly didn’t think he would end the year winning a Grade I race with him.

But Planets Aligned proved himself in every race he entered, so when the 6-year-old headed for the $100,000 AFLAC U.S. Championship Supreme Hurdle Grade I Novice Stakes at the Steeplechase at Callaway, Nov. 3 in Pine Mountain, Ga., Miller was quite happy to be aboard.

November 15, 2007

Earmark Earns The Win At Pennsylvania Hunt Cup

The 11-year-old horse pairs up with 57-year-old William Santoro to win a tough timber race.

No one could have predicted the way the last big timber race of the season was going to unfold, Nov. 4 in Unionville, Pa.
   
Five horses started in the $30,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, three of them timber veterans, but only two finished under the wire, with the winner Irvin S. Naylor’s Earmark.

November 2, 2007

Arundel Scores A Hometown Win At International Gold Cup


Seeyouattheevent ends a dry spell for the Great Meadow founder.


More than two decades have passed since Virginia owner Arthur W. Arundel has had a winner at the International Gold Cup in The Plains, Va., but with help from trainer Jack Fisher, he broke that dry
spell with Seeyouattheevent, Oct. 20.

November 2, 2007

The Breeders' Cup Belongs To McDynamo


The iron horse returns to earn a remarkable fifth consecutive victory.


Any questions about McDynamo’s fitness became a distant memory when he jumped all alone at the last fence, winning his fifth consecutive Breeders’ Cup Grand National at the Far Hills Race Meeting on Oct. 20 in Far Hills, N.J.

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