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Steeplechase

National Steeplechase Association
Address: 
400 Fair Hill Drive
Elkton, MD 21921
United States
Phone: 
(410) 392-0700

Steeplechasing, popularly known as jump racing, is a Thoroughbred racing sport that has been steadily growing over the past several years. In 2016, races sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association offered record purses exceeding $6 million. Steeplechase differs from flat racing in several regards. First, the distances of the races are longer, with the jump races varying in length from two miles to four miles, all on turf courses. Also, the horses generally are older. Steeplechase horses tend to specialize in either hurdle races, over artificial brush fences, or in timber racing over post-and-rail fences. Many steeplechase horses had careers on the flat, and a sizable number of horses are imported with overseas jump-racing experience.

Steeplechase racing is featured each  summer at racetracks such as Saratoga Race Course, but most races are held at approximately 30 weekend race meets in the spring and summer. Steeplechase meets are major social and sporting events in their communities and attract large crowds. A few meets attract crowds exceeding 70,000 in a season extending from late March through mid-November. Most race meets are charitable events, and they have contributed millions of dollars to their communities.

To find out more about steeplechasing, visit the National Steeplechase Association's website, www.nationalsteeplechase.com, or explore the websites of the race meets listed below.

Race Meet Location Meet Datesort descending
Aiken Spring Steeplechase 931 Powder House Road, Aiken, SC March 25, 2017
Tryon Block House Races 25 International Blvd., Mill Spring, NC April 15, 2017
My Lady's Manor 3403 Pocock Road, Monkton, MD April 15, 2017
Grand National Steeplechase 2838 Butler Road, Butler, MD April 22, 2017
Maryland Hunt Cup 2700 Tufton Ave., Reisterstown, MD April 29, 2017
Foxfield Spring Races 2215 Foxfield Track, Charlottesville, VA April 29, 2017
Virginia Gold Cup 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA May 06, 2017
Willowdale Steeplechase 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA May 14, 2017
High Hope Steeplechase 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY May 21, 2017
Fair Hill Races 402 Fair Hill Drive, Elkton, MD May 27, 2017
Parx Racing 3001 Street Road, Bensalem, PA July 08, 2017
Saratoga 267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY July 26, 2017
Shawan Downs 1401 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD September 23, 2017
Foxfield Fall Races 2215 Foxfield Track, Charlottesville, VA September 24, 2017
Tryon International 25 International Blvd., Mill Spring, NC September 30, 2017
Far Hills Race Meeting 50 US-202, Far Hills, NJ October 21, 2017
International Gold Cup 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA October 28, 2017
Aiken Fall Races 931 Powder House Road, Aiken, SC October 28, 2017
Montpelier Hunt Races 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA November 04, 2017
Steeplechase at Callaway 1747 Warm Springs Road, Columbus, GA November 04, 2017
Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Newark Road, West Marlborough Township, PA November 05, 2017
Steeplechase of Charleston 5000 Old York Course, Hollywood, SC November 12, 2017
Carolina Cup 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden, SC March 31, 2018
Middleburg Spring Races 107 West Federal Street, Unit 9B, Middleburg, VA April 21, 2018
Queen's Cup Steeplechase 6103 Waxhaw Highway, Mineral Springs, NC April 28, 2018
Winterthur 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE May 06, 2018
Iroquois Steeplechase 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN May 12, 2018
Radnor Hunt Races 826 Providence Road, Malvern, PA May 19, 2018