North American Racing Academy Graduates Inaugural Class

Posted by Jennifer Karlen on Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 9:33pm.

north-american-racing-academy_298Approximately one and a half years ago in September 2006, 11 pupils made up the first inaugural class of the North American Racing Academy.  On Sunday Tuesday May 20, 2008 8 of those 11 students took part in the High Hope Steeplechase fund raiser at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  It was their first “real” race, and the first step toward the jockeys beginning their careers as horse professionals.

The winner of the High Hope Steeplechase was a Lexington Kentucky native, Jessica Oldham Stith.  She comes from a long line of persons with jockey experience, including both of her parents (mother & father), as well as her grandfather.  She honored her family lineage by wearing her families colors on her silks for the race.  Congratulations Jessica and the rest of the graduates of the North American Racing Academy.

The North American Racing Academy is located at 3380 Paris Pike, Lexington Kentucky 40511.  The telephone number is (859) 246-6678.  It was founded by Chris McCarron who is a member of the Jockey Hall of Fame.