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Kingsley collects two wins in Atlanta Steeplechase

Posted: April 16, 2012 4:34 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard’s Sergeant Karakorum moved on pacesetter Lake Placid before the final fence of the $40,000 Georgia Cup and pulled away to a five-length victory over Wantan in the feature race of the 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase in Kingston on Saturday.
The afternoon of four steeplechase races and one on the flat was a big day for Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley, whose jumpers won the first two chases of the day before taking a second in the fourth chase.
In the feature, Mede Cahaba Stable’s Class Indian, trained in Camden by Lilith Boucher and ridden by her husband Richard, finished third. Irvin S. Naylor’s Lake Placid held on for fourth. Dr. Wheat finished fifth. Sergeant Karakorum ran the Georgia Cup’s two miles in 3:35.60 on firm ground.
Lake Placid, the reigning novice champion, went out early under jockey Ross Geraghty in the stakes race for novices, or horses in their first years of competition over fences. Jockey Brian Crowley held Sergeant Karakorum in mid-pack before making his move on the final turn of the Kingston course.
Lake Placid held onto the lead until the final fence, while Sergeant Karakorum and Wantan, ridden by Camden’s Bernie Dalton, jumped the obstacle together. Sergeant Karakorum pulled away through the stretch to lock up his second victory over fences.
A New York-bred by Thunderello, six-year-old Sergeant Karakorum had scored his first victory last fall in a Colonial Cup maiden race in Camden. He opened the 2012 season with a good second in an optional allowance at the Carolina Cup March 31.
Kingsley’s afternoon got off to a roaring start when High Hope Stables’ Tizallaboutme romped to a whopping 30 ¼-length victory in the $10,000 maiden claiming hurdle. Willie McCarthy was aboard for the ride which went two miles over National Fences in 3:42.2. It was the second start over fences for the 6-year-old Tiznow gelding.
Marilyn Ketts’ The Key to Honour, trained by Lilith Boucher and ridden by Richard Boucher, was second.
Kingsley made a return trip to the winners’ circle in the second chase, a $15,000 maiden hurdle, which was won by Dogwood Stables’ Trippo, which carried McCarthy to a 2-length victory. The time for the 2-mile chase was the same as Tizallaboutme’s, at 3:42.2.
The 5-year-old horse and son of stakes winner, Trippi, was making his first career start over fences in Atlanta.
The fourth chase of the afternoon nearly saw Kingsley get the hat trick with Marethon Stables’ Trouble Angel, which was placed second after a claim of interference following a 9 ¼-length win. That bumped the Sheppard-trained Cubist to the win in the $15,000 filly and mare hurdle.
Danielle Hodsdon was in the irons for the victory which came in a clocking of 3:41.
Another Hall of Fame conditioner and part-time Camdenite, Janet Elliot, saddled Gregory Hawkins’ Alajmal, which ran to a ½-length victory over the Sheppard-trained Total Command in the 1 1/8-mile flat race. Robbie Walsh was up on the winner which got the trip in 1:56.4. Finishing third was Lillehammer, trained in Camden by Kate Dalton, whose husband Bernie was in the saddle.

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