After the Far Hills Race Committee awarded $800,000 in purse money, “We have a new leader!”, as the track announcers say.
Mr. Hot Stuff's heart stopping win in the $400,000, Grade 1 American Grand National vaulted him into the lead in the National Steeplechase Association's race for the leading money making 'chaser with $251,300 in his purse account.
His win also vaulted his owner, Gillian Johnston, into the lead on the owner's list with $400,350 and a $5,950 lead over Bruton Street-US.
Jack Fisher scored another 240,000 statistical dollars for Mr. Hot Stuff's win moving him farther up his own record setting ladder with a total of $1.2 million.
With six race meetings left in 2017, here are the win-place-show standings for the NSA annual awards.
Owners, Purse Money Won:
- Mrs. S.K. Johnston, Jr., $400,350
- Bruton Street-US, $394,400
- Irvin S. Naylor, $323,200
Trainers, Races Won:
- Jack Fisher, 22
- Jonathan Sheppard and Ricky Hendriks, 10 each.
Trainers, Purse Money Won:
- Jack Fisher, $1,206,050
- Elizabeth Voss, $483,850
- Jonathan Sheppard, $436,500
Riders, Races Won:
- Darren Nagle, 14
- Sean McDermott, 13
- Jack Doyle, 11.
Riders: Purse Money Won:
- Sean McDermott, $656,300
- Jack Doyle, $539,050
- Darrehn Nagle, $531,100
Horses, Purse Money Won:
- Mr. Hot Stuff, $251,000
- All the Way Jose, $179,300
- Moscato, $156,000
Timber Horse Owners, Purse Money Won:
- Irvin S. Naylor, $156,200
- Bruton Street-US, $69,900
- Armata Stables, $69,850
Timber Horses, Purse Money Won:
- Ebanour, $68,150
- Derwins Prospector, $61,200
- Cornhusker, $58,600
New Meet Added To 2018 Schedule
The Atlanta Steeplechase ended a 52-year run but the state of Georgia will not be without steeplechasing in 2018.
The Georgia Steeplechase Race Meeting and Festival — The Tradition Lives On!, will join the circuit with its meet at the same location, Kingston Downs, on April 7.
The Georgia Steeplechase be on the weekend between the Carolina Cup in South Carolina and the Tryon Block House in North Carolina.
Oct. 28. Aiken Fall Steeplechase, Aiken, S.C., 1 p.m., Total Purses: $80,000, 5 races.
Oct. 28. International Gold Cup, The Plains, Va. 12 p.m., Total Purses: $395,000, 7 races featuring $40,000 Steeplethon Stakes (Timber), $75,000, Grade 2 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial and $75,000 International Gold Cup (Timber).
Nov. 4. Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga., 1 p.m., Total Purses: $170,000, 5 races featuring $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle (Novice).
Nov. 4. Montpelier Hunt Races, Montpelier Sta., Va., 12:30 p.m., Total Purses: $120,000, 5 races.
Nov. 5. Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, Unionville, Pa. 1:30 p.m., Total Purses: $70,000. 4 races featuring $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup (Timber).
Nov. 12. Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry, Hollywood, S.C., 1 p.m., Total Purses: $75,000, 5 races.
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