Grand National Hurdle Stakes

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Grand National Hurdle Stakes
Grade I race
Location Far Hills, New Jersey, United States
Inaugurated 1899
Race type Thoroughbred - Steeplechase
Website Far Hills Race Meeting Association, Inc.
Race information
Distance 2 58 miles
Surface Turf
Track Hurdle, 14 fences
Qualification Four-year-olds and up
Weight Four-year-olds: 148 pounds (67 kg)
Older horses: 156 pounds (71 kg)
Purse $300,000[1]

The Grand National Hurdle Stakes is an American National Steeplechase Association sanctioned steeplechase race run each fall at Far Hills, New Jersey. It is a Grade 1 event run over 2 58 miles. It has been known by a variety of names over the years, including the Breeders' Cup Grand National.[1]

The race dates back to 1899 where it was first run at Morris Park Racecourse, it was long the premier stakes in U.S. jump racing. Past winners include 11 of the 14 steeplechasers inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: Flatterer (also a close second in the 1987 Champion Hurdle), Zaccio, Café Prince, Bon Nouvel, Neji, Oedipus, Elkridge, Bushranger, Battleship (in 1938 became the only winner of this race and the Aintree Grand National), Jolly Roger and Good and Plenty.[2]

The race has also been held at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course as well as the steeplechase meets at Fair Hill, Maryland and Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Grand National (sometimes called the American Grand National to distinguish it from the race held at Aintree in England) is one of the oldest races in steeplechasing and one of the most important outside Europe, the day of steeplechasing at Far Hills includes seven races, the most important of which is the Grand National.

Winners of the Grand National since 1998[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time[3]
2016 Rawnaq 9 Ruby Walsh Cyril Murphy Irvin Naylor 4:50:00
2015 Dawalan 5 Ross Geraghty Cyril Murphy Irvin Naylor 4:57.20
2014 Demonstrative 7 Robert Walsh Richard Valentine 5:19.00
2013 Divine Fortune 10 Darren Nagle Jonathan E. Sheppard 5:15.00
2012 Pierrot Lunaire 8 Bernard Dalton Blythe Miller Davies 5:40.00
2011 Black Jack Blues 8 Ross Geraghty Joseph W Delozier III Irvin S Naylor 5:29.80
2010 Percussionist 9 James O'Farrell Hanne Bechmann 5:00.40
2009 Your Sum Man 7 Richard Geraghty Thomas H. Voss Fields Stable 5:39.78
2008 Good Night Shirt 7 William Dowling Jack Fisher Harold A. Via, Jr. 4:54.20
2007 McDynamo 10 Jody Petty Sanna Hendriks Michael J. Moran 5:30.60
2006 McDynamo 9 Jody Petty Sanna Hendriks Michael J. Moran 5:58.20
2005 McDynamo 8 Jody Petty Sanna Hendriks Michael J. Moran 5:46.65
2004 McDynamo 7 Craig Thornton Sanna Hendriks Michael J. Moran 5:06.80
2003 McDynamo 6 Craig Thornton Sanna Hendriks Michael J. Moran 5:24.12
2002 Flat Top 9 Robert Massey Janet Elliot Nancy Gerry 5:19.44
2001 Quel Senor 6 Cyril Murphy Tom Voss Coppertree Farm 4:54.20
2000 All Gong 6 Blythe Miller Bruce Miller Calvin Houghland 4:53.90
1999 Ninepins 12 Arch Kingsley, Jr. Jonathan Sheppard Hudson River Farm 5:28.40
1998 Flat Top 5 Bitsy Patterson Janet Elliot Nancy Gerry 4:55.60

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1997 - Rowdy Irishman
  • 1996 - Correggio
  • 1995 - Rowdy Irishman
  • 1994 - Warm Spell
  • 1993 - Runway Romance (American Grand National)
  • 1993 - Lonesome Glory (Breeders' Cup Steeplechase)
  • 1992 - Highland Bud
  • 1991 - Morley Street (English champion)
  • 1990 - Morley Street
  • 1989 - Highland Bud
  • 1988 - Jimmy Lorenzo (US champion)
  • 1987 - Gacko (French champion)
  • 1986 - Census (multiple graded stakes winner)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statistics - Grand National Hurdle". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of Jump Racing". nationalsteeplechase.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Grand National Hurdle". www.pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016.