No shortage of talent in Breeders' Cup Steeplechase

Horse Racing

October 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The fourth-, sixth- and ninth- leading career steeplechase earners in North America headline nine entrants today in the Grade I, $175,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at the Far Hills Races in Far Hills, N.J.

With the quality of the field, the 13th running of the race, a 2 5/8-mile test over 14 fences, figures to be an outstanding test.

Among the entrants are 2002 Breeders' Cup winner Flat Top, who is fourth among steeplechase earners with $592,306. He will face the Maryland-bred Tres Touche, the leading contender for the 2004 Eclipse Award and No. 6 in earnings with $546,531, as well as McDynamo, last year's Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Award winner and ninth in earnings with $466,429.

Others entered include U.S. Grade I winners Hirapour, Pelagos, Popular Gigalo and Sur La Tete, Irish Grade I winner Ansar and stakes winner Preemptive Strike. Flat Top and McDynamo look to join Morley Street and Highland Bud as the race's only two-time victors. McDynamo has won five consecutive races dating to October 2002.

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