Things opened up much differently for Jonathan Sheppard than they finished in Saturday's 71st running of the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.
In the 11 years since becoming a staple of Camden's spring equine scene, the Camden Cup Polo Match has attracted a loyal following while introducing the "Sport of Kings" to thousands of new, and now, loyal fans to the sport which received its start in Camden more than a century ago.
Having little choice but to go to the front, Willie McCarthy took Baltic Shore to point in Saturday's $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC Chase.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, the National Steeplechase Association's three-year-old champion in 2010 and a stakes winner last year, will open his 2012 season against a highly competitive group in the $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase, highlight of the 17th annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 28.
Flash Mash, a graduate of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, tracked down Well Deserved in deep stretch to win Saturday's 16th running of the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes at the Keeneland Race Course in Versailles, Ky.
Irvin S. Naylor's Via Galilei, making his first United States start, launched a powerful three-wide move through the stretch to score a one-length victory in the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), the feature race of the 91st annual Middleburg Spring Races on Saturday.
Horses of all breeds, sizes and shapes will be on display when the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden plays host to the South Carolina Horseman's Council Expo on Saturday, May 5.
Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard's Sergeant Karakorum moved on pacesetter Lake Placid before the final fence of the $40,000 Georgia Cup and pulled away to a five-length victory over Wantan in the feature race of the 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase in Kingston on Saturday.
It was a mixed bag for horses with Camden connections at the races this past weekend.
By TOM DIDATO
On her way into the Bonham Oval show ring atop her trusted mount, Brunello, in the second and final round of Friday night's $20,000 International Hunter Derby presented by the Tack Room, Liza Towell Boyd hopped off one of her horses, and then got aboard another before making her way into the ring.
In Monday's edition of the Chronicle-Independent, regarding the Carolina Cup undercard, the names of Camden's Sue and George Sensor were inadvertently left out of the portion of the story which dealt with Baltic Shore's victory in the day's co-feature chase, the $30,000 Woodward-Kirkover Cup.
Now comes time for a different equine event.
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.
Bargain basement purchases, horses with Camden ties and an Irish import making its first start over fences on this side of the Atlantic. What more could you ask for in a jump race?
A few hundred yards away, trucks carrying workers zig-zagged their way in and around the Springdale Race Course in final preparation for Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup. Tucked away in a barn located behind the National Steeplechase Museum, Brian Murphy stands atop the straw in a stall as he brushes down one of his horses with the only sound here being that of a few chirping birds on a relaxed Monday morning.
Thanks to a second-place finish behind unbeaten Dortmund in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, Prospect Park will next try for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.
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