Friday, May. 24, 2024




Check out amazing photos from barn night, with costumed grand prix riders, Shetland Pony races and plenty of barn spirit.

A Jockeys' Guild study, presented at the Jockeys’ Guild Assembly on Jan. 19 in Hollywood, Fla., supports the idea that all helmets involved in an impact should be replaced.

The study was conducted at Chesapeake Testing in Belcamp, Md., and it provided customized testing to mimic a fall on dirt or being stepped on by a horse.

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. 

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.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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