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Jumping Around Podcast: The Senior Senator Story

Joe Davies has trained plenty of horses. Senior Senator is nothing like the others. A flop (and something of a rogue) on the flat at Penn National for Flint Stites, the now 7-year-old has bloomed into a star over timber. He's crossed the finish line first or second in every timber race he's started with the two biggest achievements being the 2016 Maryland Hunt and the 2017 Grand National (April 22). Saturday (April 29) he defends his crown in the Maryland Hunt Cup. Skip and Vicki Crawford's horse has won races, changed lives, proved people wrong, been on 60 Minutes – oh, and learned how to jump in and out of his own turnout paddock. Davies sat down with Joe Clancy for an interview April 19 at WYPR in Baltimore to talk about it all. 

Jumping Around Podcast: Fisher talks Good Night Shirt

Jack Fisher got his Horse of a Lifetime when Good Night Shirt showed up in 2005. The big, raw Maryland-bred’s meteoric career wound up one of the best ever with eight Grade 1 wins and more than $1 million in earnings, joining McDynamo and Lonesome Glory in the seven-figure club. In August, Good Night Shirt will join the greats in the Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame. In an April 17 interview at WYPR in Baltimore, Fisher sat down to talk about his horse

Jumping Around: McKnight our guest on 1st podcast

Turney McKnight has been an owner, a trainer, an amateur jockey and more. He won the 1982 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Tong, a horse bred by his mother June. In 1978, McKnight became chairman of the My Lady's Manor Races in Monkton, Md. He was an ideal choice as someone who knew all aspects of the race, including four wins as a jockey aboard Keelboat (1974 and 1975), Matlow (1977) and the mighty Perfect Cast (1978). The latter was the first race at the Manor's current home on the grounds of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club in Monkton. The 107th Manor is Saturday and it will be McKnight's last as he retires from the chairman's post. In a conversation at WYPR radio (88.1) in Baltimore last week, McKnight reminisces about the early days, how he got into steeplechasing and where it all fits.

Dixon Stroud's Horse Who Changed Everything

An amateur steeplechase rider, polo player, owner and race meet director, Dixon Stroud has worn more than his share of hats in the horse industry. He won the 1984 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Bewley's Hill, a horse Stroud trained for his wife Lisa. But, Stroud's Horse Who Changed Everything is a polo pony who came to Pennsylvania by way of Montana. His name was Snort.

Here & There – April 5

The action came fast and furious late March folded into April, with Triple Crown preps, Dubai World Cup, the start of the National Steeplechase Association season and New York Thoroughbred Breeders Annual Awards Dinner keeping everyone in our camp busy. We reported on all those events and more in recent weeks but as always we’re left with a little extra that didn’t make it in print or online.

Rick Abbott's Horse Who Changed Everything

Bloodstock agent, sales consignor and breeder Rick Abbott gives credit to broodmare Christmas Strike for changing everything. She produced nearly $1 million worth of horses to sell at auction – helping fuel Charlton, the sales consignment business Abbott owned with his wife Dixie. The Abbotts retired last year, and expected to enjoy at least a few more years of Christmas Strike and her foals. She died this month at 19.