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CHAMPIONS HONORED AT AWARDS DINNER

Thursday, 17 January 2019 by

With assistant trainer Eve Ledyard, left, George and Mandy Mahoney lead in Rosbrian Farm's Optimus Prime after his New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) victory. Ross Geraghty rode the winner. {Tod Marks photo)

The National Steeplechase Association’s 2018 champions were crowned Thursday at a gala awards dinner and dance held at the Maryland Club in Baltimore. The dinner and dance were jointly sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association and the Steeplechase Owners and Breeders Association.

The year’s Lonesome Glory Award went to Jury Duty, who earned $270,000 with his 3 1/4-length victory in Far Hills’ $450,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), the year’s richest race. Owned by the Sideways Syndicate, Jury Duty was trained to his New Jersey victory by leading Irish horseman Gordon Elliott.

Topping the owner list by a wide margin was Rosbrian Farm, which earned $712,050 from 54 starts.

Owned by Mandy and George Mahoney, the stable had 14 victories, including two Grade 1 wins—the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois and Belmont Park’s $175,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap—by Zanjabeel, who is owned by Rosbrian in partnership with Wendy and Ben Griswold’s Meadow Run Farm.

Trained by Ricky Hendriks, Zanjabeel will be a leading candidate for the Eclipse Award with earnings of $265,500. He also had two second-place finishes, in the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) and the $75,000 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2).

Hendriks also trained Rosbrian’s Optimus Prime, winner of Saratoga Race Course’s New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) and the International Gold Cup’s David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2). He, Zanjabeel, and Jury Duty are the finalists for the 2018 Eclipse Award, which will be announced on Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

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Here’s to the winners!

The NSA honored the champions of 2018 in its annual awards ceremony and dinner at Baltimore's Maryland Club on Jan. 17. Here are the highlights.

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