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                Cream of the Crop
Meet five steeplechase icons.
Owner
George Mahoney
Last year’s race for the top steeplechase owner was a runaway. Leading the list by a wide margin was Rosbrian Farm, which earned $712,050 from 54 starts. The runner-up, Irvin S. Naylor, brought in $451,250 in 100 starts.
George Mahoney, owner of Rosbrian, named his Glyndon, Md., farm after
the Mahoney clan’s fortress in County Limerick, Ireland. He and his wife, Mandy, are partners in the enterprise.
Horses are in Mahoney’s blood. A longtime foxhunter, he rides with the Green Spring Valley Hounds. After many years in timber racing, he branched out to hurdles. It proved a sage decision.
The stable had 14 victories, including two Grade 1 wins: the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois, the richest race on the spring schedule, and Belmont Park’s $175,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap. The spritely bay Zanjabeel, whose name is Arabic for the spice ginger, won both. The Irish-bred gelding is Rosbrian’s, in partnership with Meadow Run Farm, owned by the Mahoneys’ friends,
Wendy and Ben Griswold. Rosbrian
also logged six second-place finishes and five third-place finishes. Then a great year got even better.
Zanjabeel was honored with the 2018 Eclipse Award as outstanding steeplechase horse. The presentation was made at
the annual awards dinner at Florida’s Gulfstream Park in January. “I am very
George Mahoney.
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