Throwback Thursday: The first Winterthur Point-to-Point

In honor of its 40th running this year, the Winterthur Point-to-Point steeplechase meet presents a weekly Steeplechase Throwback Thursday feature. We’ll look back on historic moments, horses and people in the jumping game – at least a few connected to the race meet on the grounds of the famed Winterthur Museum and Gardens just north of Wilmington, Del. This year’s races are Sunday, May 6.

You’ve got to start somewhere. The first Winterthur Point-to-Point shared a page deep in the Wilmington Morning News sports section with coverage of pacer No No Yankee’s upset loss to Richmond at Brandywine Raceway – in front of 5,373 – the night before. The handle was $481,589, presumably all on-track.

Guest Column: Redd Foxx Award

You know what a great business plan would be? Starting one named after an award given to the dumbest person in the family.

Farm boy Gun Runner adapts to new life

As brilliant as he is Gun Runner does not talk, so Three Chimneys Farm stallion manager Sandy Hatfield put his thoughts about retirement into words Thursday afternoon.

“Whatever you want to do is fine,” she said, paraphrasing the 2017 Horse of the Year’s opinion on turnout, a visit to the breeding shed and a life without a daily gallop or someone walking up with a saddle. “It’s not a big deal. Show me what to do.”

Chasing 100

Afternoon showers and driving evening rains left the crimson-colored racing surface at Pocono Downs a sea of slop for the 2013 Breeders’ Crown. Under the glow of the track lights, the surface shined like a marble in the sun and around it, a few thousand racing fans braved the cold and wind for a chance to see the fastest trotters and pacers in the world make their final bids for divisional titles.

Jumping Around Podcast: Bill Gallo talks 2018 & more

Bill Gallo started working at the National Steeplechase Association in 1977 and has seen the sport go through a variety of cycles. He talks about the competitive race for the 2017 Eclipse Award between All The Way Jose, Mr. Hot Stuff and Scorpiancer, takes a look ahead at the 2018 season and even goes way back to his favorite jumper of all-time – a late-1970s underdog from the barn of Jonathan Sheppard. Presented by the Maryland Horse Industry Board.

TIHR Top 10 for 2017: No. 1

The headline reads like a hard news story. The first few sentences make it clear that it was not, but rather a feature about the piles of wins Paddy Young racked up during his career and his current physical battles after a horrific spill at the Radnor Races in Malvern, Pa.