With three fences left to be jumped, Xavier Aizpuru was done with trying to hold back Tax Ruling.
(Editor's note: Don Clippinger is the media consultant for the National Steeplechase Associaton. Here, he gives Colonial Cup fans an outlook of the 12 entries into Saturday's $100,000 feature chase. He also included odds, if pari-mutuel wagering were allowed in South Carolina.)
It took a cold/sinus infection to do what no horse on this side of the Atlantic could do last month.
Arch Kingsley might feel as if he is a stranger in his own house.
It's cold and flu season for horses, too.
The National Steeplechase Museum, located at the front entrance to the Springdale Race Course on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, will host a pre-race party tonight as part of the festive Colonial Cup Weekend.
Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races remain on sale for the 42nd edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday.
What was once a group of 13 nominees has stayed at a baker's dozen which is expected to meet the starter's flag for Saturday's TD Bank $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup.
The $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup has attracted 13 accomplished nominees, promising a large and talented field for the year's final major steeplechase race on Saturday, Nov. 19.
In 1982, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) set out on an ambitious mission -- to save retired racehorses of a lifetime of possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.
Augustin Stables' Port Morsbey surged to the lead at the next to last fence of the $75,000 AFLAC Supreme Hurdle on Saturday, and gained a hard-fought victory over All Together in the featured race of the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Three horses with Camden connections will take to the famed course at Churchill Downs for this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships which will be run on Friday and Saturday in Louisville.
Hickory Tree Stables' Gustavian, ridden by champion jockey Paddy Young, launched a formidable move on the final turn of Ford Conger Field and overtook front-running Baltic Shore to win the $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup, feature race of the 20th annual Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Kentucky in October has been good to Frank and Daphne Wooten of Frank Wooten Stables in Camden.
A jam-packed field of 14 horses from American steeplechasing's championship division will line up for Saturday's $250,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), the featured race of the 91st annual Far Hills Races.
On a day in which temperatures hovered in the 50s and, at times, featured swirling winds, the undercard at Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course was equally varied.
If this gig as a trainer doesn't pan out, Jimmy Day may want to think about becoming an investment broker. But given success on the race course, don't look for a switch to happen anytime soon.
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.
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.
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