Switzerland sparkles on big day at Laurel Park

Laurel’s rescheduled De Francis Dash Day card featured seven stakes, the finale of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship series, big fields and plenty of quality racing. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens came in from California to ride several, while trainers Steve Asmussen, Tom Albertrani, Roger Attfield, Christophe Clement, David Donk, Jeremiah Englehart and others entered horses. The results included a 35-percent increase in handle over the same card in 2017 – to more than $5 million.

Picks & Preview: High Hope Steeplechase

High Hope in September? Traditionally a May meet, the jump circuit’s only (which is sad) stop in Kentucky moved to September and got paid back with strong support at the entry box. Headlined by two solid handicap hurdle races, six-race card gets started at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Zanjabeel, Kennedy take control in Lonesome Glory

Back home in Ireland, jump jockey Jack Kennedy rode Zanjabeel plenty of times in the morning for trainer Gordon Elliott and teamed up with the English-bred in a race – a 48-length defeat at Punchestown in November 2016 – but the duo is much better on the other side of the Atlantic.

Picks and Preview: Belmont steeplechases

After six races at Saratoga in July and August, the jumpers return to New York for two races at Belmont Park Thursday in a kickoff to the autumn National Steeplechase Association season.

Real Rider Cup rides on for good cause

On a weekend that offers plenty of Thoroughbred racing and related action in the Philadelphia area, The Real Rider Cup returns on the final day of competition at The Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Unionville, Pa. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Kentucky's High Hope meet moves to September, thrives

When the fall National Steeplechase Association revs up this weekend, horsemen will be hitting the road to Lexington, Ky. for Sunday’s recently moved High Hope Steeplechase at the Kentucky Horse Park.