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Projected Colonial Cup starters eyeing Saturday breeze over Springdale course

Posted: March 5, 2018 11:43 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

KIERAN NORRIS BREEZES his horse in front of the grandstand at Springdale Race Course during a set at Saturday’s first Biscuits and Breezing series leading to to the March 31 Carolina Cup Races. The series continues this Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

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A chilly start to the morning may have tempered the crowd numbers at the first of three “Biscuits and Breezing” sessions at the Springdale Race Course in Camden. For those in attendance, they received an up-close look at horses which are being pointed for races in Camden or, at other stops this spring.

The 84th edition of the Carolina Cup Races will be run on Saturday, March 31. 

Some of the bigger names are bound for Camden this week with, at least, two jumpers which are expected to be entered into the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. I) chase on Carolina Cup day, are scheduled to breeze in Saturday’s “Biscuits and Breezing” which begins at 8 a.m. with sets of horses taking to the track at 12-minute intervals. Saturday’s inaugural event sent the final set of Thoroughbreds onto the course at 11 a.m.

Presented by the Carolina Cup Racing Association the “Biscuits and Breezing” series at the Springdale Race Course runs this Saturday and Saturday, March 17 beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to come out to watch horses train in several sets beginning at 8 a.m. each session. The event is free of charge.

The public should enter the race course through the main gate on Knights Hill Rd. (Gate 1) and may park in the area beside and behind the main grandstand. Guests are reminded to bring their own chairs while coffee and breakfast items will be provided free of charge. Children are also invited to come to the workouts but the CCRA asks that all dogs be kept at home.

The exact number of horses and sets which will take the track will be determined by the trainers who will be available to discuss which of their horses is training that day and what particular race the horse is being pointed toward.

The horses will run in front of the grandstand allowing morning guests a unique look at how a horse is being trained leading up to a race. Trainers and riders, if possible, will be available to answer questions from the public.

Following last Saturday’s session, trainer Ricky Hendriks said he anticipates two of his horses --- Swansea Mile and Zanjabeel --- being in Camden to work this Saturday with both expected to be in the morning’s opening set.

Zanjabeel, won both its starts in America last fall starting with the $125,000 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle Stakes at Far Hills, N.J., in October. One month later, the now-5-year-old import from Great Britain closed its year by taking the $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle Stakes at Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Swansea Mile won the $150,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap (Gr. I) at Saratoga, N.Y., last July and came back to finished fifth in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup only to have one bad jump stunt its momentum in a third-place finish in the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap at New York’s Belmont Park in September before being put up for the rest of the year after seven starts.

Carolina Cup interim executive director John Cushman said guests taking in the training sessions may see horses which could be running on the Carolina Cup race card. The days will also offer an up close and personal look and feel for the horses as they thunder in front of the grandstand.

For more information, please call the Carolina Cup office at 432-6513.

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