‘60 Minutes’ to Feature American Steeplechase Racing on Sunday Broadcast

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U.S. steeplechase racing will be featured in a segment of this Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” (Eclipse Sportswire)

This Sunday’s edition of CBS’s “60 Minutes” will include a segment featuring the Timber Races steeplechase events, held in several Mid-Atlantic states. “60 Minutes” correspondent and “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose reports on the prestige and competition of the Timber Races, which culminate in the Maryland Hunt Cup event on April 29.

The “60 Minutes” segment will include strategically placed cameras that capture the athleticism and excitement of steeplechase racing from a rider’s perspective. The Timber Races, named for the wooden fences that horses and riders must jump over and navigate through, harken back to steeplechase racing’s origins in Ireland over 250 years ago.

As part of the segment, Rose visits with 75-year-old Paddy Neilson, who won the Maryland Hunt Club three times as a jockey and comes from a family that’s been riding and racing since 1875.

“There’s just some magic about the power of that animal underneath you,” Neilson tells Rose. “And then when you ask him for everything he’s got the last quarter of a mile…  and there it is, it is a marvelous feeling that only comes from doing it, really. It is great.”

The “60 Minutes” broadcast airs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, April 23, on CBS.

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