CHARLESTON, S.C. — Down Royal took the lead at the three fences from home, fought off a challenge from Alshibaa in the stretch and went on to win the $25,000 allowance feature at the Steeplechase of Charleston, the final race meeting of the 2017 steeplechase season, on Nov. 12.
The 3-year-old filly, racing in the colors of Sean Clancy's Riverdee Stables, is a New York-bred that was bred by the partnership of jockey Bernie and trainer Kate Dalton of Camden, S.C.
Bernie Dalton rode the New York-bred son of Alphabet Soup from the High Yield mare Miss Crown for his spouse in defeating seven rivals in the race of 2-1/4 miles over National Fences.
Burning Approval and Kieran Norris set the early pace in the race restricted to 3-year-olds. When the running for home got serious, Dalton and Down Royal got to the lead and were immediately challenged by the Irish-bred Alshibaa and Sean McDermott.
At the wire, it was Down Royal, fresh from a second place finish in the Gladstone at Far Hills, the winner by neck. Alshibaa took the place by 8-1/4 lengths from Snuggling who lost all chance when he and jockey Darren Nagle put in a bad one at the last fence.
Down Royal was clocked in 4:31.00 over a Stono Ferry turf course labeled 'good.'
As soon as the five race card was over, the final tallies for National Steeplechase Assocation year-end awards, human and horse, were available.
When the Colonial Cup card was removed as the traditional finale of the 'chasing season, the NSA lost a host for its annual awards banquet. Details on a replacement are expected shortly.
In the meantime, here are the win-place-show standings for the 2017 NSA season.
Owners, Purse Money Won:
1. Street-US, $438,500
2.Mrs. S.K. Johnston, Jr., $425,700
3.Irvin S. , $380,650
Trainers, Races Won:
1.Jack Fisher, 25
2.Ricky Hendriks, 14
3.Jonathan Sheppard, 11
Trainers, Purse Money Won:
1.Jack Fisher, $1,321,150
2.Elizabeth Voss, $514,950
3.Jonathan Sheppard, $466,150
Riders, Races Won:
1.Darren Nagle, 18
2.Sean McDermott and Ross , 14 each.
Riders: Purse Money Won:
1.Sean McDermott, $719,550
2.Darren Nagle, $627,650
3.Jack Doyle, $583,450
Horses, Purse Money Won:
1.Mr. Hot Stuff, $251,000
2.All the Way Jose, $179,300
Timber Horse Owners, Purse Money Won:
1.Irvin S. , $183,700
2.Charles C. Fenwick, $100,200
3. Street-US, $93,900
Timber Horses, Purse Money Won:
1.Doc Cebu, $96,600
3. Prospector, $61,200
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