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McDynamo, Hirapour Meet Again In Colonial Cup

Steeplechase champions McDynamo and Hirapour will meet for the sixth time in Sunday's Colonial Cup, the final grade I steeplechase of the 2006 season. They top a field of eight entered for the $150,000 race, which heads an eight-race card at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C. Post time for the first race is 11:45 a.m.

McDynamo, Hirapour Meet Again In Colonial Cup

Steeplechase champions McDynamo and Hirapour will meet for the sixth time in Sunday's Colonial Cup, the final grade I steeplechase of the 2006 season. They top a field of eight entered for the $150,000 race, which heads an eight-race card at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C. Post time for the first race is 11:45 a.m.

Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase Purse Increased

The purse for the Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase at Far Hills, N.J., to be run Oct. 28, has been increased to $250,000, according to a release from Breeders' Cup/National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the National Steeplechase Association.

Hirapour May Return for Breeders' Cup 'Chase

Eldon Farm's Hirapour, the 2004 Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechaser and a grade II winner this summer, will undergo a new treatment for a bone chip in his left ankle in hopes of racing this fall in the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase and the Colonial Cup (both NSA-I).

Saratoga Diary: Weighty Issues

Hirapour, the 10-year-old gelding with designs on a second Eclipse Award as the country's top steeplechase horse, displayed his versatility in winning the A.P. Smithwick Handicap (NSA-II) earlier this meet.

Mixed Up Bags 12th NY Turf Writers Cup for Sheppard

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard bagged his record 12th victory in the New York Turf Writers Cup (NSA-I) as William L. Pape's Mixed Up carried jockey Danielle Hodsdon to a one-length victory over Top of the Bill in the steeplechase event at Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Diary: Half-time Report

Saratoga's first three weeks were marked by muggy hot weather followed by splendid cool days and nights, a card cancellation, upsets, an onslaught of New York-bred races, declining attendance, numerous mishaps at the starting gate, and soap opera politics. Will the next 18 days be as rocky as the past 17 days?

Saratoga Diary: The Difference Between Dead and Dying

Charlie Hayward, the racetrack's president, credits Bill Nader, his newly-promoted chief operating officer, with coming up with the "Grand Slam." Nader pushed for the innovative bet hoping that it would give horseplayers a tantalizing way to wager on several races.

Hirapour Returns to the Spa for A.P. Smithwick Memorial

Flashing brilliance at Saratoga Race Course's Open House on the flat, Hirapour served notice that he had returned. Owned by Eldon Farm, the 10-year-old gelding takes on seven rivals in Thursday's $75,000-added A.P. Smithwick Memorial (NSA-II) in his first start over jumps since November 2005.

Hirapour, McDynamo to Settle 2005 'Chase Title

Hirapour and McDynamo, the last two American steeplechase champions, meet Saturday to decide the 2005 title winner, headlining a field of nine in the $150,000 Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

Hirapour Captures NY Turf Writers Cup 'Chase

Eldon Farm's Hirapour, a 9-year-old Irish-bred gelding, drew off from Three Carat for a 3 ¾-length victory in the $159,200 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-I) at 2 3/8 miles over national fences at Saratoga Race Course Friday.

Nine to Contest New York Turf Writers Cup

Led by A. P. Smithwick winner Paradise's Boss, nine jumpers are entered for Wednesday's $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase at Saratoga. The race has grade I designation from the National Steeplechase Association.

Hirapour Favored in Smithwick 'Chase

Eldon Farms' Hirapour, the 2004 Eclipse Award champion steeplechase horse, will have jockey Chip Miller aboard for the first time when he goes up against a veteran field of seven rivals in Monday's $75,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial (NSA-II) at Saratoga.

'Chase Jockey McCarron Has Surgery on Arm

Matt McCarron, the two-time Eclipse Award champion steeplechase jockey who was injured in the opening race of the Saratoga meet on Wednesday, underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a broken left arm.

Eclipse Champs Aim For Grade I At Keeneland

The April 22 Royal Chase at Keeneland (NSA-I) drew nominations from previous Eclipse Award winners Hirapour and McDynamo. Both horses are also prior winners of the $150,000 Royal Chase, the second-richest race on the National Steeplechase Association calendar.

Sur La Tete Holds On in Carolina Cup 'Chase

Kinross Farm's Sur La Tete took the lead on the final turn and held off a furious rally from Hirapour to win the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-III) at Springdale Race Course Saturday.

Showdown Expected in Carolina Cup

A showdown is expected at Springdale Race Course when two of steeplechasing's top runners ride into Camden, S.C., Saturday for the Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-III), with 2004 champion Hirapour ready to take on last year's Cup winner Preemptive Strike.

Steeplechase Season Starts in Florida March 6

The National Steeplechase Association's 2005 calendar begins March 6 with the fourth annual Little Everglades Steeplechase in Dade City, Fla. The tour's southern-most stop kicks off a 24-stop spring circuit that offers total purses of $2.6 million.

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.

Hirapour Closes in On Eclipse With Cup Win

Matt McCarron rallied Eldon Farm Racing Stable's steeplechase star Hirapour through the stretch to win the $100,000 Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup (NSA-I) at Springdale Race Course in course record time Sunday.

McDynamo Repeats in Breeders' Cup 'Chase

Defending champion McDynamo became just the second horse in history to win back-to-back runnings of the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) when he scorched six rivals in the $175,000 event Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 50,000 at Moorland Farms race course in Far Hills, N.J.

Preemptive Strike Arrives Late in Carolina Cup

Polaris Stable's Preemptive Strike caught favorites Hirapour and Al Skywalker in the stretch to win the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup Saturday before a crowd estimated at 70,000 at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

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