Jonathan Sheppard: 25 championships. Mikey Smithwick: 10 championships.
They are the measuring sticks when it comes to American steeplechase trainers, though even they may eventually have to move over. Jack Fisher won 23 races in 2014, eight more than nearest rival Sheppard, to collect an eighth National Steeplechase Association championship and move to third on the all-time list. Fisher’s crowns, based on races won, have all come since breaking through with his first in 2003.
The weekend before Thanksgiving wasn’t overly busy in North America, with just seven graded stakes races, and one of the most eagerly anticipated moments of on-track action unfolded Sunday morning at Del Mar.
The American jump season is over, the turf season is winding down in the Mid-Atlantic, the National Hunt season is gaining steam and you’ve got nowhere to go and all these races to watch. Here’s your Saturday Special from Ascot to Oklahoma.
There were several more juvenile stakes events around the country last weekend and the progeny of some first-crop sires took full advantage.
If you want the full effect, close your eyes and have someone read the next paragraph to you…
Whether Zee Bros was fast enough to get the job done was rarely in doubt. Whether Zee Bros could put back-to-back good races together most certainly was.