Kip Elser, who develops and preps yearlings and 2-year-olds at his Camden-based training facility, Kirkwood Stables, served as a panelist at the Summerhill Stud'ss Ready to Run Gallops in South Africa earlier this fall.
Irvin S. Naylor's Black Jack Blues, a recent Irish-bred import which sailed to two impressive victories in his only U.S. starts, including the $250,000 Grand National, was named the National Steeplechase Association's Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner, bestowed on the horse with the highest earnings in the current racing season.
The $100,000 TD Bank Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup feature highlighted Saturday's six-race card, which included five steeplechases races and one on the flat and brought the curtain down on the 2011 National Steeplechase Association campaign.
(Editor's note: Don Clippinger is the media consultant for the National Steeplechase Associaton. Here, he gives Colonial Cup fans an outlook of the 12 entries into Saturday's $100,000 feature chase. He also included odds, if pari-mutuel wagering were allowed in South Carolina.)
November 18, 2011|
By DON CLIPPINGER
Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.)
The National Steeplechase Museum, located at the front entrance to the Springdale Race Course on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, will host a pre-race party tonight as part of the festive Colonial Cup Weekend.
Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races remain on sale for the 42nd edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday.
Augustin Stables' Port Morsbey surged to the lead at the next to last fence of the $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle on Saturday, and gained a hard-fought victory over All Together in the featured race of the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.