Seemingly beaten in deep stretch, Irv Naylor's Decoy Daddy made a thrilling late move that carried him to a head victory over Gustavian in the $50,000 National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3), the featured hurdle race of Saturday's 83rd annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa.
When Freedom Child was declared a non-starter in the Wood Memorial on April 6, the 3-year-old's shot at the Kentucky Derby went by the boards.
NASHVILLE -- On a spectacular afternoon of racing at the 72nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase, Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative edged past Divine Fortune at the finish line to win Saturday's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) by a head.
Demonstrative and Divine Fortune, the respective winner and second finisher in last year's season-ending Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden (Gr. 1) race, will meet again on Saturday, in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), the crowning race of the rich Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville's Percy Warner Park.
The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) is pleased to announce Camden-based Fenwick Equestrian Products as the Awards Cooler Sponsor of the 2013 USHJA Children's/Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships.
Noble Tune, benefiting from a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, rocketed to the front in upper stretch and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Admiral Kitten in the 22th running of the $234,200 American Turf presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) for 3-year-olds last Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The Camden Polo Field will come alive with the sounds of horse hooves pounding the turf and the crack of mallets hitting a ball as the 13th annual Camden Cup Polo Match returns on Sunday, May 5.
Leading owner Irv Naylor's Black Quartz, benefiting from a savvy inside trip under Paddy Young, surged to the lead in the late stages of the $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase and easily turned back a late challenge by Wild for Gold to win by 2 3/4 lengths in the feature race at Saturday's Queen's Cup Steeplechase near Charlotte.
Three-time Colonial Cup champion McDyamo and Tuscalee, champions who hold the respective records for steeplechase earnings and victories, have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame, officials of the National Racing Museum announced on Friday.
Leading steeplechase owner Irvin S. Naylor had been having a slow spring until a cool, blustery Saturday afternoon.
Magical Moon, which was developed in Camden by Frank and Daphne Wooten at Frank Wooten Stables, finished second behind Ciao Bell Luna in Sunday's $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (Gr. 2) at the Keeneland Race Course.
Divine Fortune, trained in Camden by Hall of Fame member Jonathan Sheppard, jumped onto the lead immediately in Saturday's $25,000 Sandhills Cup and pulled away in the final furlong to a 2 3/4-length victory over Slip Away in the featured open allowance hurdle at the 62nd Stoneybrook Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Janet Elliot was concerned about how Alajmal and jockey Ross Geraghty started Saturday's $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.
If the Springdale Race Course were a Las Vegas casino, Dave Washer would be the person you would want rolling the dice for you in a game of craps.
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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