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Reluctant Young wins fourth riding title

Posted: November 24, 2013 1:12 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2013 5:00 a.m.

When officials with the National Steeplechase Association and the Colonial Cup decided to add an additional race to Saturday’s 44th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup race card, few would have known the difference it would make to, at least, one person.
The final chase of the NSA season, a $30,000-added allowance hurdle sweepstakes, was won by The Fields Stable’s Kingdom, ridden by Paddy Young. The victory was the circuit-best 16th of the year for the native of Ireland who beat out fellow countryman Daren Nagle for the NSA title. They entered Camden with 15 wins each. Young’s victory was the only  Saturday score for the pair.
After the 1 ¾-length victory over Cat Feathers, owned and trained by Camden’s Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband, Bernie, the 36-year-old Young --- who won the championship in 2009, ’10 and ’11 --- was hardly in a celebratory mood. Nagle, who led the circuit in wins throughout most of the year, was third in this race aboard Powerofone, which he rode to victory in the Camden Plate at last spring’s Carolina Cup.
“I have kind of mixed emotions, to be honest,” Young said. “Darren’s my best friend. To be in front (of the standings) for so long (like Nagle was) going into the last race was so hard for him. I’ve done it before.
“In my opinion, (Nagle) is the best rider out there. For him to lose it like that is heartbreaking. It killed me so, I’m sure it’s killed him. You have to take them when you get them but I won’t be celebrating.”
Hometown team starts the day off right: Camden’s Sue Sensor’s Top Striker kicked off the Colonial Cup card by carrying Willie McCarthy to victory in the $20,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle.
The 4-year-old gelding, trained by Camden’s Arch Kingsley, bided his time before coming up big at the end and romping to a 7 ½-length victory over Jake’s Mandate (Kieran Norris.) The winning time for the 2 1/8-mile trip was 4:05.80
Top Striker, a three-time winner on the flat for trainer Michael Matz, was coming off a second in his previous start in a maiden chase at the Charleston Cup races earlier this month. Kingsley said he felt his horse was sitting on a big effort coming into the race on his “home course.”
“He was sharp today,” Kingsley said. “My main concern was that Willie would get him switched off. I was hoping that he would he would run a similar kind of race (as Top Striker ran in Charleston) and relax and do just like he did. Willie timed it all just right.”
Schoodic takes 3-year-olds to school: Edith Dixon’s Schoodic followed up its 10 ½-length win in last month’s $25,000 Gladstone at Far Hills, N.J., by wrapping up the NSA’s 3-year-old title with a 2 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $25,000 Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial for 3-year-olds. The final clocking for the two-mile chase was 3:38.60.
Trained by Jack Fisher and, again, ridden by Sean Flanagan, the Tiznow gelding won both his starts over fences while having earned $30,000.
All the Way Jose (McCarthy) would hang on for second with Cry Vengance (Young), which was second in Far Hills, finishing in third.
A Flanagan double: The race after his win on Schoodic, Flanagan made it two in a row by piloting Sheila Williams’ Straight to It to victory in the $20,000 Springdale, a 3 ½-mile timber chase, for Fisher.
The winning time for the arduous journey was 7:13.
Old Timer (Dalton), who led a majority of the way, was 3 ¾-lengths behind in second with Dakota Slew (Robbie Walsh) coming in third.
Island hopping: Bodie Island, owned by the Elkstone Group LLC, which owns the Camden Training Center, used a stirring stretch run to win the $20,000 Hobkirk Hill chase for trainer Richard Valentine.
The 5-year-old gelding out of Sweet Carolina spent part of last winter in Camden at Valentine’s barn at the Camden Training Center. It was Bodie Island’s first win in seven starts this year and first since breaking its maiden at Saratoga in July of 2012.
Ridden by Kieran Norris, Bodie Island beat All Together (Xavier Aizpuru) and Rudyard K, ridden by Richard Boucher, to the finish line.
Return to sender: The day’s proceedings ended with darkness approaching with Irv Naylor’s Address Unknown winning the 1 ½-mile amateur training flat race. Carol-Ann Sloan was aboard the 6-year-old winner which is trained by former steeplechase jockey, Cyril Murphy. The final time was 2:39.80.
The Naylor-owned Laterly (Frank Windsor-Clive) was 6 ¾-lengths back in second with Promised Destiny (Blair Wyatt) coming home third.

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