There had been colder and wetter Colonial Cup race days, but maybe not as many sunny or, brisk ones as Saturday's 45th edition of the Camden fall classic contested over the Springdale Racecourse.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of three Grade 1 races in 2014, was crowned Saturday as the National Steeplechase Association's Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner as the year's leading earner.
Much to the chagrin of many shivering fans at Saturday's 45th running of the Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase, the weather forecasters were correct.
Divine intervention, meet Divine Fortune.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, a three-time Grade 1 winner this year, will square off with reigning Eclipse Award champion Divine Fortune in the 45th running of the $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup at the Springdale Course in Camden on Saturday.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Sure, the weatherman is calling for temperatures to hover around the low 50s for Saturday's 45th running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. But at least it is supposed to be sunny so, there is little chance of a repeat of the rain- and cold-ravaged 2000 Colonial Cup.
Part-time Camden resident Willie McCarthy wrapped up his first National Steeplechase Association leading rider championship with one meet left on the schedule.
Sue Sensor's Top Striker will try to become the second horse in as many years and, just third in 45, to win both the Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup feature chases in the same calendar year.
Top Striker, flashing the talent that carried him to a commanding Carolina Cup victory in March, took control at the third to last fence of the Steeplechase at Callaway's $50,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle and gradually pulled away to a 7 1/4-length victory on Saturday.
The deadline to purchase $20 discount general admission tickets for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races is Saturday, Nov. 1.
Trainer Leslie Young dominated Saturday's $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup when she sent out the first two finishers, Amy Taylor Rowe's Mr. Universo and Boudinout Farm's Harmony Bay, at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative clinched the Lonesome Glory Champions Award as 2014′s leading earner on Saturday when he drew away powerfully to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 Grand National at the Far Hills Races.
In a race that will go a long way toward determining the year-end championship, Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative will meet reigning Eclipse Award winner Divine Fortune in the historic $250,000 Grand National, the featured race of Saturday's 94th annual Far Hills Races.
With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.
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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