Thursday, March 17 2011


NSA obtains accident-insurance coverage for jockeys


Continuing its efforts to protect the safety and well-being of its participants, the National Steeplechase Association has obtained accident-insurance coverage for its licensed jockeys.

The coverage, which begins with the start of the 2011 spring racing season at Aiken, S.C., on March 26, takes effect when the jockey's personal medical benefit is exhausted. To be licensed to ride in NSA sanctioned races in 2011, jockeys will be required to provide proof of health coverage.



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Thursday, October 14 2010


Jonathan Sheppard to be honored at Far Hills Races


Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who recently reached a milestone when he saddled his 1,000th steeplechase winner, will be honored at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 23. Sheppard, who has won more races over fences than any other trainer in the sport's long history, will receive a plaque honoring his accomplishment.

Presenting the award will be Guy J. Torsilieri, co-chair of the Far Hills Races and president of the National Steeplechase Association. "We are honored to recognize Jonathan Sheppard's milestone victory," Torsilieri said. "Besides being a peerless horseman, he has been a leader within the sport and a tireless advocate for steeplechase racing."





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Thursday, September 30 2010


Sheppard notches 1,000th victory in style


A few years ago, Jonathan Sheppard noticed that he was approaching his 1,000th career steeplechase victory, but he did not believe that he would reach that milestone before 2011. But a spectacular season in 2010 placed him at that milestone mark on Sept. 25 when he saddled Hudson River Stables' Arcadius to win the $100,000 Helen Haskell Sampson Stakes (Gr. 1) at Monmouth Park.

Sheppard, 69, had reached the brink of his 1,000th victory over fences earlier in the afternoon, when Port Mosebey won a maiden special weight race for the Racing Hall of Fame trainer's longtime client Augustin Stables, the racing and breeding operation of George Strawbridge Jr. The British-born horseman won his first race as a trainer with Redmond C. Stewart Jr.'s Haffaday at My Lady's Manor in Monkton, Md., in 1966.





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Wednesday, May 19 2010


National Steeplechase Association announces summer schedule


The National Steeplechase Association again has assembled a strong summer schedule of racing at racetracks from Virginia to New York, with tentative purses exceeding $800,000. Highlighting the pari-mutuel schedule will be the $100,000 New York Turf Writers and the $75,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial, both at Saratoga Race Course.

“We are pleased to again offer an extensive schedule of summer racing at pari-mutuel racetracks, and we are grateful to our host tracks for the opportunity to showcase our sport at their facilities,” said Bill Gallo, the National Steeplechase Association’s director of racing. “These races offer very attractive purse money to our horsemen, and they expose our sport to potential new fans both at the track and through the tracks’ broadcast partners. Plus, everyone has an opportunity to wager on these exciting races.”





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Tuesday, March 09 2010


National Steeplechase Association Kicks Off 2010 Season As Organization Charts a Course for Growth


The National Steeplechase Association’s 2010 racing season begins March 20 with the traditional kickoff at Aiken, S.C. In all, the NSA’s spring season encompasses 19 race meets extending from Georgia to Pennsylvania. The historic Tanglewood Steeplechase in Clemmons, N.C., is returning to the NSA schedule on May 8. (See spring schedule at bottom.)

As the new season opens, NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri and the Board of Directors are charting a course for growth for the steeplechase sport in 2010 and beyond. Despite the economic recession, American steeplechasing held its own in 2009. “While much of horse racing was contracting, we added races to our schedule, and the Queen’s Cup meet returned to the spring lineup,” Torsilieri said in a letter to the NSA’s members and supporters. (The full text of the letter is available on the National Steeplechase Association’s website, http://www.nationalsteeplechase.com.)





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Monday, November 23 2009


TALAMO WINS FIVE, INCLUDING MOCCASIN ABOARD BICKERSONS


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2009) — Jockey Joe Talamo capped a four-win afternoon with a victory aboard eastern horse Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Talamo, 19, rode a perfect race, briefly relinquishing the lead on the backstretch when Bickersons was challenged by Neeko, and the Canadian-bred had plenty left when challenged by favorite Crisis of Spirit rounding the far turn.





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