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.
Officials with the Carolina Cup said that orders for tickets and parking spaces continue to move at a rapid pace for the 79th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races on Saturday, April 2 at Camden's Springdale Race Course.
Comet Of Love, a 4-year-old filly who was developed in Camden by Custom Care Equine, was scratched from a $20,000 starter allowance race at Penn National last week by trainer Tom Iannotti.
John Shirreffs will forever be known as trainer of the iconic Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic champion.
Always in contention, Rodman W. Moorhead III's All the Way Jose glided to the lead on the final run down Saratoga Race Course's homestretch, rocketed over the last fence, and drew away powerfully to a 14 1/4-length victory in Wednesday's $65,000 allowance hurdle.
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.
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.
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