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Eclipse Steeplechase: Good Night Shirt

Eclipse Steeplechase: Good Night Shirt

Harold A. "Sonny" Via Jr.'s Good Night Shirt repeated as champion steeplechaser, taking his second consecutive Eclipse Award in the same runaway fashion he used to win five grade I stakes during the 2008 season.

Good Night Shirt Wins Colonial Cup

Sonny Via's Good Night Shirt summoned bottomless stamina and courage late to win the Colonial Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in South Carolina Nov. 18 and most likely clinched the 2007 Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser.

2004 Eclipse Steeplechaser: Hirapour

Stand and deliver. That's what Hirapour needed to do to have a chance at the 2004 steeplechase Eclipse Award. He starred in the spring, skipped the summer, and lost a tight Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) decision to McDynamo in October.

Posthumous Eclipse to Steeplechaser Pompeyo

The crazy, mixed-up world of the race for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award took a tragic turn on Jan. 19 when Pompeyo died due to complications from an injury suffered in September. In the voting, however, he became a fitting winner. "In my heart, he deserves it the most because he hasn't been beaten," said the horse's trainer, Sanna Neilson, who conditioned all three Eclipse Award finalists for Augustin Stable.

Eclipse Awards: Steeplechase: All Gong

Enough already. If All Gong could talk, that's what he would say. And he would have a point. The steeplechase Eclipse Award winner was victorious in two unrestricted grade I races, placed in two others, led all U.S. jumpers in earnings ($228,000), and captured the year's richest race.

Steeplechase Recap: Millers Show Prowess

The Miller family's steeplechase prowess has long been a given, but the juggernaut blew to a new level on a windy fall day in New Jersey. All Gong, trained by Bruce and ridden by his daughter Blythe, won the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) at the Far Hills Races Oct. 28 in a 3 1/4-length romp over eight opponents.

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