Now comes time for a different equine event.
When you don't have a jumper in the big race, winning the co-feature will have to do.
Paddy Young, the three-time defending National Steeplechase Association leading rider, sustained a compound fracture to his right forearm, between the wrist and elbow, as the result of a fall in Saturday's $25,000 Camden Plate, the first steeplechase race of the day at the Carolina Cup.
The Carolina Cup is a tradition of sorts for many of its attendees, who numbered 65,000 Saturday. Colorful dresses, bow ties and the galloping of horses means spring has arrived. For many, the 80th annual Carolina Cup was their first experience of what Camden has to offer, for others, this year's Cup was another notch on their belt.
There are times during a race when you find out what your horse is made of.
Sometimes the grass is indeed greener, if not firmer, on the other side of the Atlantic.
After two races on American soil, Black Jack Blues has yet to see the backside of another horse.
When their two daughters took their respective turns going off to college, John and Sandy Cushman did what all responsible parents do when their children leave home for the first time.
With Saturday's 80th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races just four days away, last-minute shoppers have been gobbling up the remaining reserved parking spaces for the Camden spring classic, leaving few spots remaining inside the Springdale Race Course.
Led by 2011 Eclipse Award winner Black Jack Blues, a field of six jumpers will take to the Springdale Race Course for Saturday's $50,000 Carolina Cup Steeplechase (Gr. III.)
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.
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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