FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2020
Contact: Casey Kupper
The Andrews Agency
NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES
JUMP RACING IS BACK WITH JUNE 13 RACE IN MIDDLEBURG, VA
Virginia Gold Cup Set for June 27 in The Plains, VA
Elkton, MD. — The National Steeplechase Association (NSA) announced today the season’s first jump race will take place Saturday, June 13 at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, VA as they celebrate 100 years of racing. While the races will run without spectators and under strict health and safety safeguards, the NSA will livestream the races and feature interviews, history of racing and other features of this majestic sport.
Saturday, June 27 The Virginia Gold Cup, celebrating 95 years of racing, will take place in The Plains, VA and it will also be livestreaming on the NSA website.
In making the announcement, NSA President Al Griffin said, “With so many of our beloved sporting events going dark since the coronavirus-delayed season, we’re even more thrilled to be able to bring jump racing enthusiasts 11 races this Saturday in Middleburg which will livestream on our website. We applaud the owners, trainers, jockeys, sponsors and all involved for continuing training throughout the dark season while maintaining hope and dedication to ensure the races can continue. The spirit of steeplechase racing has never been stronger.”
Racing enthusiasts are encouraged to livestream here at 12:30 p.m. EST. In all, a record 148 horses remain in the entries. The races offer opportunities for a broad swath of the steeplechase community’s horses in training.
This meet has attracted more than 200 entries, an NSA record, for its 11 races. A star-studded field of 10 has been entered for the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 3), the centerpiece of the Middleburg Race. This race at 2 ½ miles over National Fences attracted a field that includes two Eclipse Award winners, another Grade 1 winner and two novice champions.
Griffin added, “We are grateful we have been able to salvage the racing season and are hopeful to have a record number of enthusiastic viewers watching these highly anticipated races which are celebrating milestone years of racing at 95 and 100 years.”
For more information about the National Steeplechase Association, please visit www.nationalsteeplechase.com.
About the National Steeplechase Association
The National Steeplechase Association, based in Fair Hill, Maryland, is the headquarters of Thoroughbred racing over fences in America. In its capacity as the official sanctioning body of U.S. steeplechase racing, the National Steeplechase Association licenses participants, approves race courses, trains officials, coordinates race entries, enforces rules, compiles an official database, advocates for safe jump racing, and oversees the marketing of the sport nationally and globally.