- Category: Features
- Written by Joe Clancy
Flat horses convert to jump racing all the time. Some were born for 2 miles instead of 6 furlongs, a few can’t seem to process the starting gate, some mix running with jumping to find their true callings.
And some even turn into Hall of Famers.
Good enough to win two races on the turf at Pimlico as a 3-year-old, Good Night Shirt turned brilliant over hurdles – winning 12 races including eight Grade 1 stakes and earning more than $1 million in a steeplechase career that spanned four years. One of three American steeplechasers to earn seven figures, with Lonesome Glory and McDynamo, Good Night Shirt is the 19th steeplechaser and ninth Maryland-bred to join the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.