FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire charged through the stretch and overtook pacesetter Divine Fortune to win the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1) by three-quarters of a length at the 92nd Far Hills Races on Saturday.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, will battle with several veteran runners and new arrivals to American racing in the $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), highlight of the star-studded Far Hills Races on Saturday.
Last year's reserved space holders have until 5 p.m. today in order to secure their same space(s) for the Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. All spaces not renewed will be put on sale to the public.
Last year's reserved space holders have until Friday, Oct. 12, in order to secure their same space(s) for this year's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
Noble Tune, a 2-year-old colt by Unbridled's Song, looks as if his next start may well be in the $1 million Juvenile Turf race at the 2012 Breeders' Cup to be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Mary Ann Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire jumped to the lead before the final fence of Belmont Park's $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes (Gr. 1) and held off a determined late charge by Spy in the Sky to win by a nose last Thursday. Charminster finished third in the kickoff race of American Steeplechasing's fall championship season.
Camden's Liza Towell Boyd rode Brunello to second place in the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which was the final event of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last month.
Invitations have been sent to last year's space holders to renew their space(s) for the Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
Austin Brown, a 3-year-old colt named after the former Camden resident and Carolina Cup Racing Association Chairman Emeritus, won for the first time in the ninth start of his career last month.
It was a big week at Saratoga for horses which were developed in Camden at Frank Wooten stables.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative charged to the lead in the final furlong and drew clear for a one-length victory in Saratoga Race Course' $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1) last Thursday.
The top five finishers from a spirited edition of the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) return at a new distance on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1), the richest steeplechase race on Saratoga Race Course's 2012 schedule.
By TOM DIDATO
Resuming his love affair with the Saratoga Race Course, Randleston Farm's Spy in the Sky fought off a furious late charge by Left Unsaid to win the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial steeplechase (Gr. 1) by a nose on last Thursday at Saratoga.
Summer has never been too bad a time for Winter Memories, especially in Saratoga.
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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