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Colonial Cup

Posted: November 20, 2012 4:18 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The folks at the Carolina Cup Racing Association did their usual fine job in putting on last Saturday’s Colonial Cup steeplechase program, and those who attended saw fine weather and a great racing program that featured two Camden connections in the winner’s circle. The Colonial Cup, of course, has never been as well attended or as well known as its older cousin, the Carolina Cup, and the annual November outing has sometimes battled iffy weather as well as all the competition -- football being the primary one -- that comes with a fall date.

But for equine enthusiasts, there’s no better steeplechase meet than the Colonial Cup, for the featured race is as prestigious and coveted among horsemen as any in the country. And Cup officials have done an admirable job of turning the event into a day attractive not only to horse fanciers but to families as well, creating all sorts of activities which help keep the turnstiles moving and put smiles on the faces of young and old alike.

It’s always fun when locals do well in the competition, too, as did Sunshine Numbers, which won Saturday’s Hobkirk Hill race to add to his two former victories in that event. Camden’s Sue Sensor is the owner and no doubt relished his dominant victory. And local resident Bernie Dalton was in the irons aboard More Tea Vicar for a victory in the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial Stakes. All in all, it was a fine day at the Springdale Race Course, showing once again why Camden has such an enviable reputation across the world of horse racing.

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