Jumping Around Podcasts

Temple Gwathmey: the man, the race and more

If you know the name Temple Gwathmey, chances are it’s the steeplechase race that comes to mind. But long before the race, the man (James Temple Gwathmey) was a major owner, sportsman and businessman. When he died in 1924, his friends created a race and a memorial fund in his name. Both continue today. We … Read more

The horse-centered future of Fair Hill

Part of Thoroughbred racing in one way or another since the 1930s, Maryland’s iconic Fair Hill property is home to plenty of horse activity – racing, training, eventing, showing, fox hunting, trail riding and everything else in between. New efforts are underway to substantially upgrade the outdoor event space at Fair Hill to host a … Read more

Trainer Richard Valentine

You know him as the guy behind 2014 steeplechase champion Demonstrative and some other stars to come off Whitewood Farm in Virginia. He grew up in a family with little or no horse background, but dove in and now operates one of the country’s most successful stables. We caught up to him by telephone last … Read more

Jockey Sean McDermott

An experienced jockey in his native Ireland, Sean McDermott is in his third full American season and got off to a big start to 2017 with two major stakes wins aboad Scorpiancer. And to think he started out riding a donkey and eventually a horse named Flamenco Fury. We talk to him about horses, Ireland, … Read more

Champion owner 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 … Read more

Irish jockey 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 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, … Read more

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 … Read more

Trainer Jack Fisher and 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 … Read more