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

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

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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