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.
Let's see Austin Brown try and put this honor on his mantle.
Steeplechase racing inaugurated the Saratoga Race Course season last Sunday at the annual Saratoga Open House, and four new winners were created in an action-packed program at the popular community event.
Nereid, a 3-year-old filly developed in Camden at the barn of Mickey Preger Jr., finished in a dead-heat win with Cambina in Sunday's $250,000 American Oaks (Gr. 1) race at Hollywood Park.
It was a winning and profitable weekend for several Camden-developed runners who made their way onto the race tracks at Delaware Park and Chicago's Arlington Park.
It was a good third of July for Camden-conditioned horses and trainers on Sunday at New York's Belmont Park.
Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, jumping well under Robbie Walsh, took command after the final fence on Belmont Park's turf course and drew away to a seven-length victory in Sunday's $50,000 William Entenmann Novice Stakes.
Peachtree Stable's Plum Pretty added to her black type resume running second to Zazu, by a length and a half, in Saturday's $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (Gr. 2.)
For as long as there has been a Santa Claus, there has probably been, at least, one youngster who wants a horse or a pony under their tree on Christmas morning. That made Jesse Bowers no different than any young girl throughout the world.
It would have been easy for John Fort to have pulled a Linus by taking his blanket and going home with it.
COLUMBIA -- For a state which does not have pari-mutuel wagering or major flat track racing, South Carolina made the Thoroughbred world take notice of horses which were sent from its sandy soil during the spring.
Winter Memories, a 3-year-old El Prado- Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk filly scored her second win in as many starts this year by taking Monday's $150,000-added Sands Point Stakes (Gr. 2) at Belmont Park.
Two more horses with Camden connections will try and stay on the Kentucky Derby trail when they go head-to-head in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
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.
Three Kershaw County teenagers have brought home the Zone 4 Region 4 High School Championship along with their team, Creekside Farm, under the direction of Adrian Mack and Emma Phillips.
Previous year's box seat and reserved parking space holders have until Friday, Feb. 13, to secure their spaces for the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden.
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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