In this season of hope, Richard Boucher is not so much banking for a miracle as he is wishing for the recovery of a friend, regardless of how long the wait.
If it had been a Broadway show, last year's inaugural Camden Spring Fling Horse Show at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in Camden, which played to rave reviews, would have been taken on the road.
Camden resident and steeplechase jockey Jorge Torres was listed in critical condition on Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s made Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races seem likes it older colleague, the Carolina Cup. Thanks to the Salute to the Military theme, Cup officials estimated the crowd to be in the neighborhood of 12,000, making it one of the best-attended editions of the Camden fall classic.
Satchel Paige, it was not.
LONDON -- Irish jump jockey James O'Farrell has crossed the Atlantic this week in the hope of achieving an amazing American double to cap an astonishing year of recovery.
Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties remain on sale for Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races, to be run over the Springdale Race Course.
It took just one start in America for Percussionist to become the new kid, who turned into the bully on the block.
Last Saturday's $40,000 Noel Laing Stakes in Virginia pulled three potential starters from $100,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup Steeplechase, leaving Saturday's Camden fall classic with 10 chasers scheduled to take the starting flag for the final Grade I chase of the National Steeplechase Association season.
Grinning from ear-to-ear while speaking in a quick, but rich Irish brogue, a 20-year-old Tom Foley entertained members of the media after winning the $100,000 Carolina Cup feature aboard the Jennifer Majette-trained Al Skywalker in the 2001 edition of the Camden spring classic.
Imagine, if you will, Jerry Buss selling the Los Angeles Lakers to a fellow NBA franchise owner after the Lakers had won the Western Division and were poised to make a run at year another league crown.
Keeping up with Jonathan Sheppard is a hard enough task for his friends and colleagues. Catching him atop the National Steeplechase Association standings? Well, let's just say you had better have a bunch of wins in your back pocket, a deep barn and a flock of committed owners.
When he first saw J.B's Thunder enter into the Keeneland Sales Ring as a yearling in 2009, Camden native and Thoroughbred trainer Frank Wooten liked the way the horse walked and seemed to handle himself with a crowd of prospective buyers watching his every move.
Friday marks the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. The 41st edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who recently reached a milestone when he saddled his 1,000th steeplechase winner, will be honored at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 23. Sheppard, who has won more races over fences than any other trainer in the sport's long history, will receive a plaque honoring his accomplishment.
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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