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Demonstrative puts himself in Eclipse picture

Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, narrowly second in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), jumped into the thick of the 2014 championship battle with a highly professional half-length victory in Saratoga Race Course's $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup on Monday.

August 27, 2014 | | Equine


Bodie Island holds on for win at the Spa

Always in close contention, The Elkstone Group's Bodie Island took the lead with one circuit of Saratoga Race Course's inner turf course remaining, jumped the last fence with a sizable lead, and held off a late challenge by Virsito to win last Wednesday's $65,000 optional allowance claiming hurdle by a head.

August 25, 2014 | | Equine


Makari eyeing rare Saratoga double

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.

August 20, 2014 | | Equine


Daltons, Cat Feathers team up for another score in Phipps

Nearly two years to the day and site of her last victory, Cat Feathers struck again.

August 11, 2014 | | Equine


Cat Feathers looks to recapture Spa magic

A pair of Camden-based jumpers, stablemates and New York-breds have been entered into Thursday's $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes fillies and mares steeplechase race at the Saratoga Race Course.

August 06, 2014 | | Equine


Makari takes Smithwick in U.S. debut

Merribelle Stable's Makari, making his first U.S. start after a successful career in English jump racing, battled through Saratoga Race Course's stretch with Demonstrative and won the head bob to take last Thursday's $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) by a nose.

August 04, 2014 | | Equine


Sheppard has big guns blazing in Smithwick

Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard already has extended his streak of winning at least one Saratoga Race Course race every season beginning in 1969, and on Thursday he will seek to maintain his dominance of the historic track's steeplechase races in the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1).

July 30, 2014 | | Equine


An Awesome ending for Pearl and Norris

Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl, overlooked at 35-to-1 in the betting, surged through Saratoga Race Course's stretch and won a down-to-the-wire battle with Kingdom in last Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.

July 28, 2014 | | Equine


Top Striker seeks Saratoga gold

Top Striker, winner of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase in Camden last March, is part of an 11-horse field which is expected to meet the starter's flag in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course.

July 23, 2014 | | Equine


NSA convenes select group to help promote and improve steeplechasing

The National Steeplechase Association has convened the Promotion and Growth Task Force to develop strategies to assure a vibrant and secure future for American Steeplechasing.

July 09, 2014 | | Equine


Geraghty closes in on McCarthy after Parx

Petticoats Loose Farm's Choral Society completed his successful transition to steeplechase racing on Tuesday, July 1, when he made a strong run through Parx Racing's stretch and won a $30,000 allowance hurdle by two lengths over Easy Reach. Ross Geraghty rode Choral Society, who had won his maiden victory over fences at Monmouth Park on June 13.

July 07, 2014 | | Equine


Camden’s Gates helps open door to IEA title for Creekside Farm

One of Camden's own has brought home a national championship along with her team, Creekside Farm, under the direction of Adrian Mack and Emma Phillips.

July 07, 2014 | | Equine


Zaccio to take his place in Saratoga lore

Zaccio, a three-time champion and Racing Hall of Fame member, will be honored with a plaque on the Saratoga Hoofprints Walk of Fame.

July 02, 2014 | | Equine


McCarthy, Dalton set sights on Parx feature chase

A large and well-matched field will line up Tuesday for a $30,000 allowance hurdle at Parx Racing in suburban Philadelphia. Also on the program are two divisions of a Sport of Kings maiden hurdle, with $25,000 purses in each heat.

June 30, 2014 | | Equine


Address Unknown delivers with Monmouth win

Irv Naylor's Address Unknown marked himself as a leading contender in this year's novice division when he overwhelmed his competitors in a $30,000 optional allowance hurdle at Monmouth Park on Friday, June 13.

June 18, 2014 | | Equine


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Cup undercard spreads the wealth

On a day in which temperatures hovered in the 50s and, at times, featured swirling winds, the undercard at Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course was equally varied.

March 30, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Fiscally fit

If this gig as a trainer doesn't pan out, Jimmy Day may want to think about becoming an investment broker. But given success on the race course, don't look for a switch to happen anytime soon.

March 30, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Making the rounds

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.

March 27, 2015 | | Equine


Upstart, Prospect Park eye final Derby prep races

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.

March 13, 2015 | | Equine


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