LONDON -- Irish jump jockey James O'Farrell has crossed the Atlantic this week in the hope of achieving an amazing American double to cap an astonishing year of recovery.
Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties remain on sale for Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races, to be run over the Springdale Race Course.
It took just one start in America for Percussionist to become the new kid, who turned into the bully on the block.
Last Saturday's $40,000 Noel Laing Stakes in Virginia pulled three potential starters from $100,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup Steeplechase, leaving Saturday's Camden fall classic with 10 chasers scheduled to take the starting flag for the final Grade I chase of the National Steeplechase Association season.
Grinning from ear-to-ear while speaking in a quick, but rich Irish brogue, a 20-year-old Tom Foley entertained members of the media after winning the $100,000 Carolina Cup feature aboard the Jennifer Majette-trained Al Skywalker in the 2001 edition of the Camden spring classic.
Imagine, if you will, Jerry Buss selling the Los Angeles Lakers to a fellow NBA franchise owner after the Lakers had won the Western Division and were poised to make a run at year another league crown.
Keeping up with Jonathan Sheppard is a hard enough task for his friends and colleagues. Catching him atop the National Steeplechase Association standings? Well, let's just say you had better have a bunch of wins in your back pocket, a deep barn and a flock of committed owners.
When he first saw J.B's Thunder enter into the Keeneland Sales Ring as a yearling in 2009, Camden native and Thoroughbred trainer Frank Wooten liked the way the horse walked and seemed to handle himself with a crowd of prospective buyers watching his every move.
Friday marks the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. The 41st edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who recently reached a milestone when he saddled his 1,000th steeplechase winner, will be honored at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 23. Sheppard, who has won more races over fences than any other trainer in the sport's long history, will receive a plaque honoring his accomplishment.
Members of the USC Gamecock Equestrian Team will be on Springdale Race Course to help organize the Sunday's annual Pony Races, presented by the National Steeplechase Museum and the Carolina Cup Racing Association.
Bill Pape's Mixed Up, the reigning Eclipse Award steeplechase horse, will confront a strong field in Saturday's $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), one of America's premier races over fences and a highlight of the 90th annual Far Hills Races in New Jersey.
A sure sign that fall is in full swing in Kershaw County is the annual Monster Mash Rodeo returning to the South Carolina Equine Park in Camden.
Patrons who had reserved parking spaces for the 2009 running of the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races have until 5 p.m. today to reserve their spaces for the 41st edition of the Camden fall classic to be run on Saturday, Nov. 13.
A mother-daughter tandem from Camden will be competing in this week's American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) National Championship. This year's site is located at H. Cooper Black in Patrick.
Merriebelle Stable's Makari, who won Saratoga Race Course's $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial in his first U.S. start, has been entered for a shot at winning Thursday's $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, a back-to-back Saratoga double that has not been achieved in 15 years.
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