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Longtime Thoroughbred Owner/Breeder Sasso Dies at 92
05/14/2022
Longtime Thoroughbred Owner/Breeder Sasso Dies at 92

Longtime Thoroughbred Owner/Breeder Sasso Dies at 92

Longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder Anna Sasso died peacefully at her residence at St. Paul's Towers in Oakland, Calif., April 23, surrounded by her devoted caregivers and the staff and nurses at St. Paul's. She was 92.

05/13/2022

5:30pm Today Course Walk!! Come walk the Willowdale Steeplechase course with Chairman and ex-jockey, Dixon Stroud. All are welcome.

Photos from Virginia Horse Racing's post
05/09/2022

Photos from Virginia Horse Racing's post

Photos from Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library's post
05/05/2022

Photos from Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library's post

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post
05/02/2022

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post
05/02/2022

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post
05/02/2022

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post

04/30/2022

Happy Hunt Cup Day! Reminders:
Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Your parking pass will be taken when you enter the lot, so there is no reentry.
Road closes to through traffic at 2pm
NO TRAFFIC ADMITTED TO RACE AREA AFTER 3 PM!

Dos
- Private Passenger Vehicles only.
- Dress appropriately for the weather.
- Come for a fun day of racing with friends.
- Bring your own food and beverages.
- Bring sunscreen.

Don’ts
- No buses, campers, limos or extended passenger vans, ATVs, golf carts, etc.
- No drones
- No dogs
- No open flames
- No electric, gas or charcoal grills
- No generators

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post
04/23/2022

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post

04/23/2022

Happy Birthday Dixon Stroud, Chairman of the Willowdale Steeplechase.

04/16/2022

Lia and Forrest getting the flags up

Timeline photos
04/07/2022

Timeline photos

Treat the track as your own personal red carpet. https://bit.ly/3tWifvF

📸 : Kris Rae Photography

04/07/2022

Don't forget your hat!
May 14th Willowdale Steeplechase will feature a hat contest, best dressed contest and tailgate contest (Theme: JUNGLE LOVE). Online Tickets at willowdale.org.

04/07/2022

The high season arrives in Taylor this week, hope to see you at Atlanta Hall on Saturday. #yoicks #taylormd #elkridgeharfordhuntclub #myladysmanor #monkton #pocockroad #atlantahallfarm #steelplechasing #mdtimberracing #vossraces

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post
04/07/2022

Photos from The Maryland Hunt Cup's post

03/28/2022

And Skyler Vatliteny took the lead in the stretch aboard Augustin Stables Royne, trained by Fenella O’Flynn!

03/28/2022

A dead heat after a photo finish in the 10th race, Raford Boy Flat, presented by Cadwalader and Associates! Congratulations to Felix Astudilla aboard Gallagher Stud’s Rheaume, trained by Fenella O’Flynn - and Skyler McKenna aboard Mason Lampton’s Ace Ventura Trained by her mother Kathy Neilson!

03/28/2022

The winner of the Cheshire Bowl sponsored by the family of Mrs. PFN Fanning was @ParkerHendriks and Nancy Reed’s Awesome Adrian!!

03/28/2022

And our winner of the National Bank of Malvern Leadline Trot race was Domino Effect and Daniel Edelstein!

03/11/2022

Happy International Women's Month! The Steeplechase industry is proud to share some highlights of the incredible women who have made history in steeplechasing! Meet Janet Elliot, the first of many women we will be introducing!

Janet Elliot was the first woman to be elected to the Hall of Fame as a trainer. Her horses have won over $8 million in purse money and more than 350 races. She stands at fourth all-time for money won by a trainer.

Follow along for more short stories!📣

#WomeninSteeplechasing

03/02/2022

Who is ready for the start of the spring 2022 race season? We are ready to welcome you to the rolling hills at @plantationfield and hope that you'll mark your calendars to attend the 75th running of the Cheshire Hunt Races! Check out the full season of races and get your tickets online through the link in bio. #cheshirehuntraces #NSA #GoJumpRacing #cheshirepoint2point
https://www.cheshirehuntconservancy.org/pages/cheshire-hunt-races

Photos from National Steeplechase Association's post
02/26/2022

Photos from National Steeplechase Association's post

Photos from The Mount Harmon Wicomico Hunt Point-To-Point's post
02/14/2022

Photos from The Mount Harmon Wicomico Hunt Point-To-Point's post

02/05/2022

This black and white photo now hangs in the Willowdale Steeplechase office. Anyone know the details?

02/03/2022

We shared earlier this week that former race chair of the International Gold Cup Races, Langhorne Bond, passed away. Here is his obituary: https://www.fauquiernow.com/fauquier_news/obituary/fauquier-langhorne-bond-2022

We particularly like this part - Mr. Bond fits right in to the TGSF goals: "Over the years Mr. Bond, who chaired the Virginia Gold Cup International Steeplechase races in for 12 years, gave away dozens of helmets to steeplechase riders, who eventually adopted the helmets for their own safety. Mr. Bond also worked to get safer breakaway rails for fences and to champion protective vests for riders."

Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains on August 27 at 2 p.m.

Douglas Lees photo

02/03/2022

For National Girls and Women in Sports Day we thought it'd be fun to re-look at a piece about Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, written by Don Clippinger for TGSF in November 2018. #NGWSD

Janet Elliot was supposed to come to the United States in 1968 as caretaker for an Irish horse bound for the Olympics. That didn’t work out. But she came anyway—and ultimately the result was a trail-blazing career that led to a place of honor in American Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame. All the while, she has been a masterful horse person who has shown her respect and compassion not only for the horses but also for those who care for the horses each and every day.

Even when she is expected in the winner’s circle, she will, with little fanfare, watch as the horse makes its way back to the stable area. For Janet Elliot, the horse always has come first.

Her entry into American jump racing did not go according to script, much like the Olympics horse detoured from a trip to Mexico City more than a half-century ago. She landed in eastern Pennsylvania and secured a job with W. Burling Cocks, the dean of the Unionville-area jump-racing community. But she was involved in an auto accident, and her injuries prevented her from taking the position at Cocks’ Hermitage Farm.

When one door closes, another opens. Jonathan Sheppard, just beginning his ascent to the top of the sport, had an opening, and Elliot took the job. She was with Sheppard for nearly 11 years, off and on, rising to assistant trainer before he kicked her out of the nest to go on her own.

That, it should be noted, was 1979. Very, very few women were training horses, and even fewer were making a decent living in a tough game. But she had the skills, the right owners, and most importantly the right horses. A mere 12 years after she opened her own stable, Elliot dethroned Sheppard as the National Steeplechase Association’s champion trainer, winning two more races than her former employer. She had the year’s leading earner, Bill Lickle’s Victorian Hill, arguably the best steeplechase horse never to win a championship, and banked more than $800,000.

Her title was by no means a fluke. She had been among the sport’s top trainers for several years, and she trained the first winner of the Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase, Census, in 1986.

The hits kept coming. For Lickle, she trained Correggio, the Eclipse Award winner in 1996, and she trained Nancy W. Gerry’s Flat Top to two Eclipse statuettes separated by four years (1998 and 2002). Elliot was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2009. She is the second woman, after jockey Julie Krone, and the only female trainer in the Hall of Fame.

In 1997, she created the Woodville Award, named for her Lancaster County, Pa., farm. Each year, the Woodville Award honors those tireless workers who toil out of the limelight and exemplify the best traits in steeplechase racing.

Tod Marks photo of Janet Elliot in March 2017

01/25/2022

Happy Birthday Jim Graham!!❤❤❤

01/23/2022

Photo memories popped up on our phone today. Love this one from January 2019 of Anne Moran and the late great McDynamo, at Sanna Neilson's farm in PA.

01/22/2022

Cheshire Hunt Races March 27th 2022 run in honor of history making trainer Mrs Phillip Fanning (Jill) on right next to her daughter and mother. For more information on this year's races please check out our new website at https://www.cheshirehuntconservancy.org/pages/cheshire-hunt-races
Photo credit: Douglas Lees

01/02/2022

As soon as I saw this scene taking shape, I knew it would make a painting. I think I'll call it Bus Stop. 11x14 oil.
#nationalsteeplechaseassociation #templegwathmeysteeplechasefoundation #virginiagoldcup #painterlyrealism #jumpracing

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications
12/03/2021
EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners – American Horse Publications

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners EQUUS Film & Arts Fest “Virtual” event came to a close with a “Live” Winnie Awards Event on Sunday November 29, 2021, with continued viewing of the awards show available on EQUUS TV. A complete listing of this year’s Winnie Winners ...

11/28/2021

Pop Quiz time! Who opened the Middleburg Training Center back in 1956? Hint: He was an Upperville philanthropist and is one of only five people ever designated as an “Exemplar of Racing” by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Leave your guesses in the comments! 🐎

11/14/2021

On the eve of the first race meet of the fall season, we are keenly feeling the loss of Catherine French. Here she is at Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs in 2017, a meet she routinely shot. Douglas Lees photo.

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