Steeplechasing's spring season begins in Aiken on March 23
- March 20, 2019
- By SARA CAVANAGH
AIKEN, S.C.--The Aiken Spring Steeplechase on Saturday, March 23 kicks of the National Steeplechase Association's spring series of races with two flat races and four hurdle races, all of which will be streamed live.
Ricky Hendriks, who lost both the Leading Trainer, Races Won and Money Won titles by a nose to Jack Fisher last year, is starting this season with five entries in the four hurdle races, including Rosbrian Farm's Barhanpour in the $30,000 Imperial Cup, an overnight handicap.
Fisher, who concentrates on the big races later in the year, has nothing entered at Aiken.
The following Saturday, March 30, is the Carolina Cup in Camden, S.C., but there's a change in venue for the April 6 meet.
The Georgia Steeplechase in Kingston, Ga., was originally scheduled for April 6, but the race organizers moved it to the fall because they said an undue amount of rain had made it impossible to hold that meet.
The NSA and the Carolina Cup Racing Association will host “The Cup Runneth Over,” a full program of jump racing offering $90,000 in purses at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C., on Saturday, April 6.