Go on, Draco

Visitors, we get visitors at ST Publishing World Headquarters here in Fair Hill. Deliverymen, horsemen, salesmen, relatives, old bosses, relatives’ old bosses, young people, old people, lost people. One day last week, a visitor reminded us of why we do what we do. He came to watch a horse run on TVG. A few moments … Read more

Radnor recap: Why, Certainly!

MALVERN, Pa. – Things were different a year ago. Be Certain hadn’t yet seen a race course, let alone a National Fence. Planets Aligned had just tasted his first success following two disastrous steeplechase starts. And Chip Miller caught Matt McCarron at the wire to win the National Hunt Cup. Some 363 days and 4:54 … Read more

Iroquois recap: Man’s Shirt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If Good Night Shirt emerged in the 2007 Iroquois, he arrived in the 2008 edition with a performance that shouted professionalism, polish and panache. Last year’s steeplechase champion opened 2008 with a win at Atlanta April 12 in his typical style – overwhelming yet a little unkempt – thanks to a couple … Read more

Decreasing the negatives

Any discussion on the topic of horse safety should focus in part on removing pieces of the danger puzzle. Having accurate data (see previous post) tells outsiders we care about our horses and should be automatically available. But there are plenty of other points to consider. The NSA took a great step several years ago … Read more

Horse safety matters, everywhere

How tidy is your house? In the past week I have discussed steeplechase horse safety with reporters from The Baltimore Sun (before Eight Belles) and the Wilmington News-Journal (after). Both wanted to know how safe, or unsafe, steeplechase racing was. I answered the questions, but I’m not sure I provided much in the way of … Read more

Askim wins Maryland Hunt Cup

As Ann Stewart jogged/walked/floated to the Maryland Hunt Cup winner’s circle, she laughed at the magnitude of it all. “This is too much for a little old lady,” she said. Little, maybe. Old, not really. And if it’s too much, then she’s fooling everyone. Stewart won her fourth Hunt Cup as a trainer – all … Read more

Sovereign Duty wins Royal Chase

"Image"Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard swept the first two placings in Keeneland’s only steeplechase, the $160,125 Royal Chase (Gr. I) Thursday afternoon as Sovereign Duty rallied in the final yards to edge Sweet Shani by a neck. The winner, ridden by Danielle Hodsdon, covered the 2 1/2 miles and 13 fences in 4:58.13. Best Attack finished third.

Back in the tack

The blog police will be coming to get me soon, so sorry for staying away from this space. Blame it on the final edition of Steeplechase Times, which finally went to the printer today. Or calendar-sales season. Or parenthood. Or the Christmas trip my wife, Sam, and I are taking with the boys – we’re … Read more