In the 11 years since becoming a staple of Camden's spring equine scene, the Camden Cup Polo Match has attracted a loyal following while introducing the "Sport of Kings" to thousands of new, and now, loyal fans to the sport which received its start in Camden more than a century ago.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, the National Steeplechase Association's three-year-old champion in 2010 and a stakes winner last year, will open his 2012 season against a highly competitive group in the $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase, highlight of the 17th annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, April 28.
Flash Mash, a graduate of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, tracked down Well Deserved in deep stretch to win Saturday's 16th running of the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes at the Keeneland Race Course in Versailles, Ky.
Irvin S. Naylor's Via Galilei, making his first United States start, launched a powerful three-wide move through the stretch to score a one-length victory in the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), the feature race of the 91st annual Middleburg Spring Races on Saturday.
Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard's Sergeant Karakorum moved on pacesetter Lake Placid before the final fence of the $40,000 Georgia Cup and pulled away to a five-length victory over Wantan in the feature race of the 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase in Kingston on Saturday.
On her way into the Bonham Oval show ring atop her trusted mount, Brunello, in the second and final round of Friday night's $20,000 International Hunter Derby presented by the Tack Room, Liza Towell Boyd hopped off one of her horses, and then got aboard another before making her way into the ring.
In Monday's edition of the Chronicle-Independent, regarding the Carolina Cup undercard, the names of Camden's Sue and George Sensor were inadvertently left out of the portion of the story which dealt with Baltic Shore's victory in the day's co-feature chase, the $30,000 Woodward-Kirkover Cup.
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.
Michael T. Wharton's Grinding Speed established himself as the horse to catch for this year's timber championship when jockey Mark Beecher laid down a strategically slow pace in Saturday's $90,000 Virginia Gold Cup and then turned back a stiff challenge from Dakota Slew to win by a length.