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Jumping Around Podcast: Irv Naylor

He's won six of the last seven National Steeplechase Association owners' championships, just missed passing $1 million in seasonal earnings in 2016, campaigned the last two steeplechase champions in Dawalan and Rawnaq, and started 2016 by retiring the Virginia Gold Cup trophy with Ebanour. Irv Naylor discussed his origins in the sport and more in early May at WYPR in Baltimore.

Jumping Around Podcast: Ruby Walsh

This was all supposed to be newsworthy, timely and dramatic, but – as anyone in racing knows – it doesn't always work that way. We talked to Irish steeplechase legend Ruby Walsh last week about Nichols Canyon and his chances at the historic TVV Capital Challenge of sweeping Cheltenham's Stayers Hurdle and America's Iroquois Steeplechase. Walsh was ready, the horse was ready, trainer Willie Mullins was ready. Then Nichols Canyon was injured in transit. He left Ireland, made it as far as Paris, but won't make the trip. Walsh's interview sheds some light on the Irish thinking, however, and was too good not to share. So here you go. Let's hope Nichols Canyon is racing again soon.

Life on the Farm: Spring foaling

As bitter subzero temperatures melt into warm, dew-kissed mornings of spring, activity whirs around McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in upstate New York.

Jumping Around Podcast: The Senior Senator Story

Joe Davies has trained plenty of horses. Senior Senator is nothing like the others. A flop (and something of a rogue) on the flat at Penn National for Flint Stites, the now 7-year-old has bloomed into a star over timber. He's crossed the finish line first or second in every timber race he's started with the two biggest achievements being the 2016 Maryland Hunt and the 2017 Grand National (April 22). Saturday (April 29) he defends his crown in the Maryland Hunt Cup. Skip and Vicki Crawford's horse has won races, changed lives, proved people wrong, been on 60 Minutes – oh, and learned how to jump in and out of his own turnout paddock. Davies sat down with Joe Clancy for an interview April 19 at WYPR in Baltimore to talk about it all. 

Jumping Around Podcast: Fisher talks Good Night Shirt

Jack Fisher got his Horse of a Lifetime when Good Night Shirt showed up in 2005. The big, raw Maryland-bred’s meteoric career wound up one of the best ever with eight Grade 1 wins and more than $1 million in earnings, joining McDynamo and Lonesome Glory in the seven-figure club. In August, Good Night Shirt will join the greats in the Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame. In an April 17 interview at WYPR in Baltimore, Fisher sat down to talk about his horse

Jumping Around: McKnight our guest on 1st podcast

Turney McKnight has been an owner, a trainer, an amateur jockey and more. He won the 1982 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Tong, a horse bred by his mother June. In 1978, McKnight became chairman of the My Lady's Manor Races in Monkton, Md. He was an ideal choice as someone who knew all aspects of the race, including four wins as a jockey aboard Keelboat (1974 and 1975), Matlow (1977) and the mighty Perfect Cast (1978). The latter was the first race at the Manor's current home on the grounds of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club in Monkton. The 107th Manor is Saturday and it will be McKnight's last as he retires from the chairman's post. In a conversation at WYPR radio (88.1) in Baltimore last week, McKnight reminisces about the early days, how he got into steeplechasing and where it all fits.