After several days of hard rain, Friday morning's skies lightened to blue, a parade of puffy gray and white clouds slowly marching by. The sun, as much as it could, began to dry the muddy ground around barns far back from Springdale Race Course's schooling course off Knights Hill Road.
It wasn't coolers, but kegs that turned out to be the story of the day in Springdale Race Course's College Park at Saturday's Carolina Cup.
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On a rainy Thursday morning, the sky never looked so beautiful from Rafael "Ray" Fernandez's perspective.
Before rumors begin swirling as to a possible jockey controversy involving who would ride Sunshine Numbers in Saturday's $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup Steeplechase (Gr. III), Arch Kingsley wanted to get the word out that he did not plan to upset the apple cart when it came to the hometown horse which he trains.
One-by-one, they walked in step behind one another around the shedrow.
It is now down to a five-horse race.
It has been a memorable 2011 for John Fort's Peachtree Stable. And, the year has not even reached the quarter pole.
It will not exactly be business as usual in College Park for Saturday's 79th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races, but the objective will be the same.
The Boykin Spring Fling Untimed Trail Ride will return May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Bank Farm in the Boykin community.
While Jorge Torres continues to lie in a hospital bed at Palmetto Health Richland recovering from an assortment of injuries suffered as the result of his being thrown from Malibu Moon in last fall's Colonial Cup, his friends, family and even those who never met the 26-year-old jockey are not leaving his side.
It took being unseated by the same horse which threw Jorge Torres into a nightmare of a past four months for Rafael "Ray" Fernandez to realize that what took place at the Springdale Race Course last November was not his fault.
Saturday is the final day to purchase reduced price, advance tickets for the 79th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course on Saturday, April 2.
Mr. Commons, a 3-year-old colt prepared in Camden by Mickey Preger Jr. at the Camden Training Center, had a bullet work at five furlongs on Tuesday at Santa Anita Park.
Much Rejoicing, prepared in Camden at Kirkwood Stables, won for the third time in six career starts as the 4-year-old filly by Distorted Humor out of Soaring Softly won a $59,000 allowance race Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Previous year's box seat and reserved parking space holders have until Friday, Feb. 13, to secure their spaces for the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden.
Even though the calendar just turned to January and cold weather is on the way, it is not too early to be thinking about the warmer days of spring.
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