Winston C. trained by Jonathan Sheppard, wins the Eclipse Award
- January 24, 2020
- By Staff Writers
WEST GROVE, Pa.--Hudson River Farms’ Winston C, trained by Jonathan Sheppard to easily wIn Saratoga Race Course’s two G1 jump races, was honored Thursday evening with the Eclipse Award as North America’s champion steeplechase horse in 2019.
An Irish-bred gelding by Galileo’s son Rip Van Winkle, Winston C won over two other G1 winners: Michael Buckley’s Brain Power, who came from England to win Far Hills’ Grand National, but only ran that one time in this country, and Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, the 2017 Eclipse Award champion who won the Calvin Houghland Iroquois for a second time but didn't run in Saratoga and finished behind Winston C in the Lonesome Glory.
Winston C and other Thoroughbred champions were honored at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Accepting the Eclipse Award was Hudson River Farms owner Edward P. Swyer, who was accompanied by Sheppard’s assistant, Keri Brion, jockey Thomas Garner, and National Steeplechase Association director Eve Ledyard.