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.
Patiently biding his time near the back of 10-horse field in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Stakes, Robbie Walsh pulled the trigger at the right time as Demonstrative carried him to victory in the first steeplechase of the 2012 Saratoga meet.
La Cloche, a 5-year-old half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Winter Memories, won Sunday's $90,000 Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Belmont Park.
After having knocked at the door in her first two starts over fences -- both coming this year -- Eastern Starlett raced her way into the winners' circle for Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley on Sunday at Colonial Downs.
Gene Weymouth's homebred Wild for Gold battled through Parx Racing's stretch and got up in the final strides to win a $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by a head on Tuesday for Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camdenite Janet Elliot.
Dove Season, a graduate of Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan's Fenwick Farm in Boykin broke his maiden at first asking by winning a $45,000 maiden race on Sunday at PARX Racing in Bensalem, Penn.
It has been a busy first year of racing for Austin Brown.
Bouncing back from a lackluster effort in his previous start, Irvin Naylor's Via Galilei took command in Colonial Downs' spacious homestretch and pulled away to a 6 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3) on Saturday at the 80th annual Strawberry Hill Races in New Kent, Va..
Augustin Stables' Rainiero extended his winning streak to four when he pulled away to a 14 1/4-length victory in the feature race of Sunday's 45th annual High Hope Steeplechase at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park.
Hudson River Stables' Arcadius made a strong move on the final turn of Nashville's Percy Warner Park and repelled Bill Pape's Divine Fortune to win the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) by a length on Saturday, May 12.
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.
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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