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Steeplechasing: N.Y.-bred Down Royal Wins at Charleston

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Down Royal is shown here running in third position at the Far Hills Race Meeting on Oct. 21, 2017. She went on to place second and followed up with a win at Charleston four weeks later. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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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.

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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

3., $156,000

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

2., $89,150

3. Prospector, $61,200

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