Palm Beach Steeplechase - Spectators, Jockeys,
Owners Declare Huge Success

Wellington, FL- Nov. 29 –

The Palm Beach Steeplechase was declared a huge success by spectators, owners, jockeys and officials in its inaugural running at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday.

In almost perfect South Florida weather of clear blue skies and temperatures of almost 80 degrees, a crowd estimated at close to 4,000 celebrated the beginning of the winter equestrian circuit.

In addition to five races with total prize money of $180,000 and sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, the event featured sky divers landing in the infield with a 1,000-square-foot American flag, terrier races, a children’s fair, the release of three dozen doves, gourmet food by Equestrian Club by Tavern on the Green, a wine festival and beer tent.

Padge Whelan riding Guelph to victory in the $75,000 Palm Beach Hurdle Stakes at the Palm Beach Steeplechase in Wellington Saturday.
Photo: Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA

Padge Whelan, the 30-year-old English jockey who rode Guelph to win the feature race, the $75,000 Palm Beach Hurdle Stakes, said the event was a tremendous finale to the steeplechase circuit.

Trainer Thomas Voss, who fell one victory short of becoming the NSA trainer of the year, said he was “amazed by the fanastic job to prepare for this day.”

The event was staged by Equestrian Sport Productions that manages operations at PBIEC, including top jumper, hunter and dressage shows.

The course that had been created at The Stadium was the same facility where Prince Charles played polo watched by his wife, Princess Diana, two decades ago.

The Palm Beach crowd that watched that game flocked to the steeplechase along with thousands of spectators who packed the infield to party from tailgates as well as pack the Terraces, the Turf Club and The Players Club overlooking the finish line. The 2 1/4/-mile races were close to three circles of the course, jumping a total of 11 hurdles.

In addition to drawing many spectators who said they had never before watched an equestrian event, U.S. equestrian team jumper riders Lauren Hough, Kent Farrington and Charlie Jayne watched the races. So, too, did several U.S. dressage riders including Danish Olympian Lars Petersen and visiting Danish Olympic bronze medal team coach Rudolf Zeilinger.

Race 1 - MAIDEN FILLY AND MARE HURDLE
Purse $25,000. Hurdle. For Maiden Fillies and Mares, Three Years Old and Upward. Three-year-olds, 136 lb.; four-year-olds, 148 lb.; older, 154 lb.
Two Miles and One Quarter over National Fences

1st ROSELAND [L] 154 dk.b/br. m. 5, Skywalker-Strictly Ballroom by Fred Astaire, Matthew McCarron, 3:46 2/5
2nd MOON DOLLY (GB) [L] 154 dk.b/br. m. 7, Kris S.-Misty Moon by Baronius, Padge Whelan
3rd CLASS TIE 136 dk.b/br. f. 3, Black Tie Affair-Class Babe by Class Secret, Xavier Aizpuru

Race 2 - SPORT OF KINGS MAIDEN HURDLE
Purse $25,000. Hurdle. For Maidens, Three Years Old and Upward. Three-year-olds, 136 lb.; four-year-olds, 148 lb.; older, 154 lb.
Two Miles and One Quarter over National Fences.

1st SEEKING NO MORE [L] 148 b. g. 4, Dynaformer-Seeking Regina by Seeking The Gold, Xavier Aizpuru, 3:41
2nd COUPE DE VILLE [L] 148 dk.b/br. g. 4, Trempolino-Best Victory by Cadoudal, Paddy Young
3rd CLASS DEPUTY 154 ch. g. 5, Yarrow Brae-Class Vim by Class Secret

Race 3 - OPTIONAL ALLOWANCE/CLAIMING HURDLE
Purse $30,000. Hurdle. For Three-Year-Olds and Upward which have never won two races or which are entered to be claimed for $30,000. Three-year olds, 138 lb.; four-year-olds, 150 lb.; older, 156 lb. Non-winners since September 1, allowed 4 lb.; in 2008, 8 lb.; in 2007-2008, 12 lb. (Claiming races not considered in estimating allowances).
Two Miles and One Quarter over National Fences.

1st TORINO LUGE (AUS) [L] 156 b. g. 5, Semipalatinsk-Snow Chariot by Chariot, Paddy Young, 3:39 2/5
2nd PREP SCHOOL [L] 156 b. g. 7, Polish Numbers-Soft Spot by Sunshine Forever, Matthew McCarron
3rd FOGCUTTER [L] 152 b g. 5, Woodman-Upper Noosh by Red Ransom, Padge Whelan

Race 4 - STARTER ALLOWANCE HURDLE
Purse $25,000. Hurdle. For Four-Year-Olds and Upward which have Started Over Hurdles for Any Claiming Race in 2008.
Four-year-olds, 152 lb.; older, 158 lb. Non-winners in 2008: of three races, allowed 4 lb.; of two races, 8 lb.; of a race, 12 lb. (Maiden races not considered in estimating allowances).
Two Miles and One Quarter over National Fences

1st SLIP AWAY [L] 158 gr. g. 5, Skip Away-Aurora Slew by Slew’s Royalty, Padge Whelan, 3:35 2/5
2nd CRADLE WILL ROCK [L] 150 b. g. 8, Northern Baby-Swing To It by Mr. Leader, Danielle Hodsdon
3rd MAJOR MALIBU [L] 140 b. g. 4, Malibu Moon-Major Barbara by Salutely, William Dowling

Race 5 - THE PALM BEACH HURDLE STAKES
Purse $75,000. Hurdle. For Four-Year-Olds and Upward which have not won $90,000 twice in 2008. Four-year-olds, 152 lb.; older, 158 lb. Non-winners in 2008: of $90,000 once, allowed 4 lb.; of $45,000 once, 8 lb.; of $30,000 once, 12 lb.
Two Miles and One Quarter over National Fences

1st GUELPH [L] 144 ch. m. 7, Sky Classic-Distant Drumroll by Eastern Echo, Padge Whelan, 3:39
2nd DR. BLOOMER [L] 154 dk.b/br. g. 7, Fantastic Fellow-Fantastic Bloom by Imperial Ballet, Robert Walsh
3rd BABY LEAGUE [L] 146 b. g. 6, Diamond-My Papoose by Northern Baby, Danielle Hodsdon

 

 

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