Blythe Miller, the only woman to win the National Steeplechase Association jockey championship, announced her retirement after 15 years in the saddle, 202 steeplechase victories, and more than $5 million in purse earnings.
Not many times does a horse finish second in a maiden race, then win a $75,000 stakes race. But that's just what It's a Giggle did.
Two of steeplechasing's top horses are among the six entered for Thursday's A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap.
Saratoga Notebook: Whitney Surprise; NYRA Betting on a Record; Make Out to Spinaway; 'Chasing's Spills; And the Rains Came
The surprise entry of Saint Verre changed the complexion of the Whitney, as the number of horses in the race Saturday expands the number of wagering options. Meanwhile, impressive winner Make Out is Spinaway bound, steeplechasing's spills continued, there was a deluge of rain Thursday, and Bailey was shut out.
Saratoga Notebook: Jim Dandy Taking Shape; Easyfromthegitgo's Plans Undetermined; Miller Thrown Again
The Jim Dandy on Sunday marks the return from a lengthy layoff for Iron Deputy. Also, trainer Mark Hennig said Gygistar will likely run in the Jim Dandy, but the connections of Easyfromthegitgo were still undecided between the Jim Dandy or the Haskell Invitational.
TVG to air from Saratoga...Blythe Miller injured in fall...Public invited to Hall of Fame ceremony and autograph session...Ray Sibille injured...Irish Fest at Arlington.
Saratoga Notebook: Medaglia d'Oro Works; Mike's Wildcat Update; Zito Pair to Jim Dandy; Wild Steeplechase
Preparing for the Jim Dandy on Aug. 4, Belmont stakes runner-up Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:13.85 handily Thursday morning over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
What do you get when you mix a Breeders1 Cup winner, a Saratoga Grade I winner, a speedy California-bred with a Grade I win, an Eclipse Award finalist and a champion? A steeplechase race at Keeneland.
Trainer Bruce Miller plans to run Solo Lord and Pelagos at England's Cheltenham Festival in March and 2000 steeplechase champion All Gong will receive the first American invitation to compete in the $1.25 million Nakayama Grand Jump April 13 in Japan.
Last year's Steeplechase Eclipse Award winner All Gong takes on eight opponents in the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) to be run Saturday at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.
Gregory D. Hawkins' Campanile registered his second consecutive victory in the A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Thursday at Saratoga.
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