By TOM DIDATO
What was a strong spring and summer season for horses who received their starts at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden has opened with a strong beginning to the fall.
Tickets for the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase are on sale and are moving well, according to officials with the event.
Awesome Bet, developed in Camden at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables, finished second behind Prayer for Relief in Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Patrons who are on the mailing list for the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races should be receiving their invitations to this year's event sometime this week as officials at the race office were putting the invites into the mail on Tuesday afternoon.
When Ninepins was at his peak in the 1999 and 2000 National Steeplechase Association seasons, Arch Kingsley was aboard the gelding for his three biggest wins.
J W Blue, owned by Stuart Grant and bred by the Elkstone Group, which owns the Camden Training Center, finished third in Saturday's 142nd running of the $1 million Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course.
Fantastic Song, a 2-year-old Lemon Drop Kid - Fantastic Shirl by Fantastic Light colt broke his maiden on his first time out by winning a $55,000 maiden special weight race on Saturday at the Saratoga Race Course.
For the second time in two weeks, Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard won back-to-back Steeplechase Thursday races at Saratoga Race Course.
rcadia Stables' Opera Heroine, on key throughout Saratoga Race Course's $74,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps, jumped to the lead at the seventh of nine fences and repelled late challenges by Magalen O. Bryant's Well Fashioned and Irvin S. Naylor's Lonesome Nun to win by three lengths last Thursday.
You can add four more home-trained winners to the list of horses which received their start in Camden and have found their way into the winners' circle at the Saratoga Race Course this summer.
SARATOGA, N.Y. -- Bill Pape's Divine Fortune collected a second consecutive victory in Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 2) with a carefully timed late move that carried him and jockey Brian Crowley to a two-length victory over Irvin S. Naylor's Decoy Daddy last Thursday afternoon at The Spa.
He wore a tweed blazer on his back, rather than a blue cape with a red "S" emblazoned on it as he watched the early races of the 1949 Carolina Cup from his spot in the infield.
Having tracked down pace-setting Here Comes Art for more than a mile and three-quarters, All Together met the final fence running and at the urging of jockey Xavier Aizpuru pulled away to a 2 ¼-length victory in last Thursday's $70,000 Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course.
It was as good of a start as you could have to the annual summer race meeting at the Saratoga Race Course.
In what could be the start of his road to the Kentucky Derby, Ralph M. Evans' Upstart kicked off its 2015 campaign by cruising to a 5 ½-length victory in last Saturday's $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
In a move designed to get all three spring novice series hurdle steeplechase races on the same page, on Tuesday, the Carolina Cup Racing Association approved the proposal in which the Carolina Cup feature races will be run for a $75,000 purse beginning this year.
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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