Betsy Mead's Forgotten Man made a winning move on the final turn at the Carolina Horse Park and drew clear to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Sandhills Cup, the featured optional allowance hurdle at the 64th annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase on Saturday in Raeford, N.C.
With one horse developed in Camden, Upstart, already being pointed toward a start in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, another Thoroughbred with local connections can help cement his starting spot in the May 2 race in Louisville this weekend.
Alto Racing's Materiality battled even-money favorite Upstart through the stretch before registering a 1 ½-length victory in Saturday's $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) in just his third lifetime start in Gulfstream Park's signature event.
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.
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.
Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course in Camden will begin with the first of six races taking the starter's flag at 1:30 p.m. The gates to the course open to the public at 9 a.m.
One of the oldest continuing horse shows in the country and one known for family participation, the Camden Horse Show, will hold its 106th show on Sunday, March 22 beginning at 9 a.m., at Dale Thiel Stables located on Firetower Road in Camden.
Given the harsh winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, there was more than a bit of concern as to how many horses would be ready and headed for the Saturday's March 28 running of the $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race in Camden.