Jockey Hodsdon battles back to win at Block House Steeplechase

Published 1:52 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Danielle Hodsdon had a great finish

to a tough day at Saturday&squo;s 63rd

running of the Block House Steeplechase

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After coming in a disappointing

sixth place on Mr. Pike in the day&squo;s

first race, the Foster Cup, Hodsdon

and her mount The Manner Born froze

the crowd when they tumbled over

the tower jump in the next event, the

Cannon Harmon Memorial.

Both horse and rider were uninjured,

and The Manner Born continued

to chase the field around the

track while Hodsdon searched for

her whip.

Hodsdon and Bow Strada also took

sixth in the day&squo;s third race, sponsored

by The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club.

But when it mattered most, Hodsdon,

who grew up eventing in New

Hampshire, guided Mixed Up into

the winner&squo;s circle for biggest payout

of the competition, the Carolina First

Block House Race.

See Friday&squo;s paper for complete