Now comes time for a different equine event.
Like having to dig through the cereal box to get your prize, North Central found what it was looking for --- and needed --- in the bottom third of its batting order.
When you don't have a jumper in the big race, winning the co-feature will have to do.
Paddy Young, the three-time defending National Steeplechase Association leading rider, sustained a compound fracture to his right forearm, between the wrist and elbow, as the result of a fall in Saturday's $25,000 Camden Plate, the first steeplechase race of the day at the Carolina Cup.
There are times during a race when you find out what your horse is made of.
Sometimes the grass is indeed greener, if not firmer, on the other side of the Atlantic.
After two races on American soil, Black Jack Blues has yet to see the backside of another horse.
When in doubt, stick to what you do best.
When their two daughters took their respective turns going off to college, John and Sandy Cushman did what all responsible parents do when their children leave home for the first time.
With Saturday's 80th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races just four days away, last-minute shoppers have been gobbling up the remaining reserved parking spaces for the Camden spring classic, leaving few spots remaining inside the Springdale Race Course.
Led by 2011 Eclipse Award winner Black Jack Blues, a field of six jumpers will take to the Springdale Race Course for Saturday's $50,000 Carolina Cup Steeplechase (Gr. III.)
If Lugoff-Elgin did not know who Andrew Beckwith was before Friday night, they know more than they want to about him now.
It's hard to explain to a pitcher why you are lifting him in the middle of a game in which he has surrendered just three hits, has not allowed an earned run and struck out four batters in four innings of work in a 2-1 ballgame.
In what can best be described as an ironic twist, with a good portion of Kershaw County residents suffering from pollen-related maladies, Black Jack Blues will come to town some four months after the missing last November's Colonial Cup steeplechase due to a respiratory infection.
Last season, Lugoff-Elgin received a rude introduction to the world of 4A baseball as the 2010 AAA state champions were on the outside looking in when it came time for the post-season in the state's largest classification.
Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.
An athlete is an athlete is an athlete.
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