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.
Michael O'Brien, 68, whose career as a steeplechase jockey ended following a fall in the 1974 Carolina Cup steeplechase, passed away last Friday afternoon at Tallaght Hospital in his native Dublin, Ireland, following an illness.
The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at last month's running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to a unit from McEntire Air Force Base which is currently based in the Middle East.
At Christmastime, all roads lead home … even if you go somewhere you never lived before.
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.
Even though the Carolina Cup is more than a month away, reserved parking spaces are selling at a brisk pace.
Invitations for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races were sent out to those on the organization's mailing list last Friday. And tickets and parking spaces for the event are now on sale.
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