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Sheppard doubles up in Saturday’s undercard

What would Carolina Cup day be without a victory from one of Jonathan Sheppard's jumpers?

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


150,000 Watts

There were times, Mark Watts admitted, when he looked behind from his mount atop Balance the Budget in Saturday's 48th running of the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup when he was more than a tad surprised by what he couldn't see.

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Foley, Valentine wait out inquiry before taking Cup

Spending nearly as much time talking into a walkie-talkie as he did on the race course, jockey Barry Foley survived a steward's inquiry before both he and his mount, Personal Start, were formally declared winners of Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup presented by the Mullikin Law Firm.

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Carolina Cup 2.0 to get its first test on Saturday

By now, you have probably heard or, read about the changes which have and will be taking place at Saturday's 84th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Setting the bar high

Visitors making their way into the National Steeplechase Museum are greeted by a pair of cement lawn jockeys painted in the silks of the defending Carolina Cup and Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup champions.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Springdale-record $325,000 in purse money up for grabs

Trainer Ricky Hendriks had his best season in a long time last year, and he will be looking to continue his successful run when two of his best, Swansea Mile and Zanjabeel, start in the 48th running of the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1), the featured contest of Saturday's 84th annual Carolina Cup Races.

March 30, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Sports


Doing it her way

Siblings following in the footsteps of their parents and choosing to enter into the same line of work as a parent is a tale nearly as old as civilization itself.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Jockeys’ welfare at forefront of Cup eve event

As a steeplechase jockey/trainer, Forrest Kelly has had his share of spills from the back of a horse and knows what it is like to be laying on the ground waiting for medical help to arrive at the scene to tend to injuries sustained after being thrown off a mount.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E caps 4-0 week with 10-3 win over Dogs

Beating Hartsville to stay perfect in Region 6-4A play on Friday was the main course for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team. Settling a score with rival Camden the next day to cap a 4-0 week was the pie a la mode.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons stay hot, stop Camden 11-1

A three-win week was just what the doctor ordered for the Lugoff-Elgin softball team which ended that string with an 11-1 victory over Camden, spoiling Saturday's Dogfest at Marcus Warren Memorial Field.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldog rally comes up short

Unable to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time in as many seasons, Camden could not overcome a quick Indian Land spurt with a furious closing rush and come away with a win.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Two Cups are better than one

Early skepticism has given way to "let's go."

March 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons sit atop 6-4A standings

When it comes to beating Hartsville and taking the lead in Region 6-4A, to boot, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Randy Stokes does not the little things bother him.

March 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


A spring tradition

In the spring of 1909, in a town known for its love of horses, a tradition was born; the first Camden Horse Show --- focusing on the horses that hunt and jump --- was held.

March 20, 2018 | By KATHEE STAHL Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine


Knights tough out a 15-6 loss to Cheraw

Trailing visiting Cheraw by 11 runs with two gone in the bottom of the sixth, it would have been pretty easy for North Central to have packed up the bats and looked ahead to a better day. That would have been the quick way out.

March 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Hall call for Gross

In a colorful career which took him from competing in toughman contests throughout the region to training for a career in his family's horse ...

April 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Jordan’s no-hitter closes memorable Senior Night

One good turn deserves another.

April 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Culp finally gets his due

During his 34 seasons sitting at the head of the Camden girls' basketball bench, the late Mike Culp and his life were open books.

April 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Power Surge

It may have bothered some neighbors but, it was music to James Marlow's ears.

April 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Barnacle Bill cruises to victory in $30,000 Georgia Cup feature

The Fields Stable's Barnacle Bill, always well placed under Jack Doyle, moved to the lead on Kingston Downs' final turn, burst away to a ...

April 10, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Knights close tourney stay with an 11-9 victory over Crestwood

It was an early Thursday morning game played before a handful of fans braving the chill against a Crestwood team which North Central had already ...

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs’ offensive woes mount after no-hitter

It was a loaded question which Camden head coach Denny Beckley thought about before giving his response.

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Late Knight rally comes up short

An emotional letdown following a late-night win over rival Camden on Tuesday? Possibly. Brandon Faulkenberry was not about to use that as excuse, though.

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Branham locks Dogs down on one-hitter in 5-1 L-E win

A mess of a first inning by the Camden defense gave way to a Zac Branham masterpiece as Lugoff-Elgin took the Kershaw County portion of ...

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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