AIKEN -- Irvin S. Naylor's Pullyourfingerout made a bold move on the final turn of Ford Conger Field, charged past pacesetter Birthday Beau, and drew away easily to win the $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup on Saturday, March 24, at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase.
In what can best be described as an ironic twist, with a good portion of Kershaw County residents suffering from pollen-related maladies, Black Jack Blues will come to town some four months after the missing last November's Colonial Cup steeplechase due to a respiratory infection.
Saturday is the final day for patrons to secure discount general admission tickets for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races.
Augustin Stables' Ever So Lucky, which spent part of the winter training at the Springdale Race Course for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, opened his 3-year-old campaign by finishing third in Saturday's $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
With less than three weeks left before the Carolina Cup Races, reserved parking spaces are, once again, moving at a brisk pace.
It was a good week for maidens who got their starts at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden.
Get Stormy shook off the doldrums from his 12th place finish in last November's TVG Breeders' Cup Mile by winning his first race of 2012 by wiring Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Gr. 1) in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Each time Jonathan Sheppard sent out Ever So Lucky in the company of a training partner last summer, the precocious 2-year-old would dig in and would refuse to be beaten, even if was nothing more than a simple work around the track at the Hall of Fame trainer's farm in Pennsylvania.
It is two weeks and counting for patrons who purchased reserved parking spaces and/or grandstand boxes for last year's Carolina Cup races to renew their order for the 2012 edition of the event.
It has been a good start to 2012 for horses which received their early training in Camden.
For Irvin Naylor, it was not whether one of his jumpers would win the 2011 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing, but which one would be voted to receive racing's top honor.
It has been a busy and winning post-holiday season for Thoroughbreds with Camden connections.
It is not too early to begin making plans for the 2012 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.
There are two certainties as to the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechasing. First, it will be an Irish-bred gelding. Second, it will be owned by Irv Naylor.
National Racing Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the guest speaker at the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association awards banquet.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard already has extended his streak of winning at least one Saratoga Race Course race every season beginning in 1969, and on Thursday he will seek to maintain his dominance of the historic track's steeplechase races in the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1).
Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl, overlooked at 35-to-1 in the betting, surged through Saratoga Race Course's stretch and won a down-to-the-wire battle with Kingdom in last Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.
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