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.
The Carolina Cup is a tradition of sorts for many of its attendees, who numbered 65,000 Saturday. Colorful dresses, bow ties and the galloping of horses means spring has arrived. For many, the 80th annual Carolina Cup was their first experience of what Camden has to offer, for others, this year's Cup was another notch on their belt.
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.
AIKEN -- Irvin S. Naylor's Pullyourfingerout made a bold move on the final turn of Ford Conger Field, charged past pacesetter Birthday Beau, and drew away easily to win the $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup on Saturday, March 24, at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase.
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.
Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course in Camden will begin with the first of six races taking the starter's flag at 1:30 p.m. The gates to the course open to the public at 9 a.m.
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.
Officially, Minimambo carried jockey Rosemary Homeister and 120 pounds on her back in Saturday's fifth race, a $16,500 maiden claimer run at Tampa Bay Downs.
Five novice jumpers are expected to take the starter's flag for Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race after entries were accepted Monday by the National Steeplechase Association.
Given the harsh winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, there was more than a bit of concern as to how many horses would be ready and headed for the Saturday's March 28 running of the $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race in Camden.
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.
With three weeks and a day to go before the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden, reserved parking spaces are starting to fill up.
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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