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Hall of Fame jockey Aitcheson passes away at 85

Joe Aitcheson, a legendary Racing Hall of Fame jockey regarded as one of the all-time leading steeplechase riders, died Saturday, May 24, at Carroll Hospice Dove House in Westminster, Md. He was 85.

May 28, 2014 | | Equine


Fulmer sends Odi et Amo to victory in Jay Trump Hurdle

Athene Noctura Stables' Odi et Amo found everything to love and nothing to hate at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, when he pulled away to a dominant victory in the featured $20,000 Jay Trump starter allowance hurdle at the 46th annual High Hope Steeplechase.

May 21, 2014 | | Equine


Divine Fortune opens defense of Eclipse with Nashville victory

Displaying the brilliant turn of foot that won him last year's Eclipse Award, Bill Pape's Divine Fortune set all the pace in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) and danced away Saturday to a 3 1/4-length victory over Magalen O. Bryant's Gustavian in the featured race of the 73rd annual Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.

May 14, 2014 | | Equine


Tickets, reservations still being sold, taken for Aberdeen Polo

Polo returns to the historic Camden Polo Field with the playing of the Aberdeen Polo Match on Sunday, May 18.

May 12, 2014 | | Equine


McCarthy takes Gold Cup on Hot Rize

Willie McCarthy took Holston Hall's Hot Rize to the lead before the final fence of the $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup and fought off a determined challenge by Organisateur to win by three-quarters of a length before a capacity crowd at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va., on Saturday, May 3.

May 07, 2014 | | Equine


An old game gets a new name

Thousands of ponies have galloped over its expansive grass field, with riders in tow, smacking a plastic white ball for more than 116 years. But the Camden Polo Field never had a match like the one it survived in 1999.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Boykin Spring Fling hits the trail on May 10

The Boykin Spring Fling horse ride will be held Saturday, May 10 at Red Bank Farm in Boykin.

May 02, 2014 | | Equine


Steeplechae great Flatterer dies at age 35

Four-time Colonial Cup winner and one of the greatest American steeplechase horses of all time, Flatterer, died Thursday, April 24, at co-owner Bill Pape's farm in Unionville, Penn.

April 30, 2014 | | Equine


Staying On runs off with Queen's Cup feature

Michael J. Moran's Staying On moved into contention on the final turn, rushed to the front on the outside at the final fence, and drew clear to an authoritative 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase, the featured race at Saturday's 19th annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, N.C.

April 30, 2014 | | Equine


Trio of Grade I winners eye Temple Gwathmey

Three Grade 1 winners, 2013 winner Decoy Daddy, and a formidable front-runner will line up on Saturday for the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), featured race of the 93rd annual Middleburg Spring Races.

April 18, 2014 | | Equine


Viking booters blank Demons

Spring Valley scored three times in the first half and tacked on two more goals in the second 40 minutes to leave Lugoff-Elgin Stadium with a 5-0 victory over the hosts Demons in a Region 4-4A match played last Friday night.

April 16, 2014 | | Equine


Schoodic, For Non Stop score wins at Colonial, Stoneybrook

Edith R. Dixon's Schoodic remained unbeaten over fences when he powered to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Dogwood Classic allowance hurdle, the featured race of the second annual Dogwood Classic meet at Colonial Downs in Virginia on Saturday

April 09, 2014 | | Equine


Camden Spring Classic highlighted by $15,000 Derby Classic

On the heels of Camden's grandest event, last Saturday's Carolina Cup, the eyes of the county's equine set will be cast a few miles east to the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) for a more cent, but another annual rite of spring, the Camden Spring Classic Horse Show.

April 04, 2014 | | Equine


A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


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Storylines abound in Carolina Cup races

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?

March 27, 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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