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An old game gets a new name

Thousands of ponies have galloped over its expansive grass field, with riders in tow, smacking a plastic white ball for more than 116 years. But the Camden Polo Field never had a match like the one it survived in 1999.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Boykin Spring Fling hits the trail on May 10

The Boykin Spring Fling horse ride will be held Saturday, May 10 at Red Bank Farm in Boykin.

May 02, 2014 | | Equine


Staying On runs off with Queen's Cup feature

Michael J. Moran's Staying On moved into contention on the final turn, rushed to the front on the outside at the final fence, and drew clear to an authoritative 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase, the featured race at Saturday's 19th annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, N.C.

April 30, 2014 | | Equine


Steeplechae great Flatterer dies at age 35

Four-time Colonial Cup winner and one of the greatest American steeplechase horses of all time, Flatterer, died Thursday, April 24, at co-owner Bill Pape's farm in Unionville, Penn.

April 30, 2014 | | Equine


Trio of Grade I winners eye Temple Gwathmey

Three Grade 1 winners, 2013 winner Decoy Daddy, and a formidable front-runner will line up on Saturday for the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), featured race of the 93rd annual Middleburg Spring Races.

April 18, 2014 | | Equine


Viking booters blank Demons

Spring Valley scored three times in the first half and tacked on two more goals in the second 40 minutes to leave Lugoff-Elgin Stadium with a 5-0 victory over the hosts Demons in a Region 4-4A match played last Friday night.

April 16, 2014 | | Equine


Schoodic, For Non Stop score wins at Colonial, Stoneybrook

Edith R. Dixon's Schoodic remained unbeaten over fences when he powered to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Dogwood Classic allowance hurdle, the featured race of the second annual Dogwood Classic meet at Colonial Downs in Virginia on Saturday

April 09, 2014 | | Equine


Camden Spring Classic highlighted by $15,000 Derby Classic

On the heels of Camden's grandest event, last Saturday's Carolina Cup, the eyes of the county's equine set will be cast a few miles east to the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) for a more cent, but another annual rite of spring, the Camden Spring Classic Horse Show.

April 04, 2014 | | Equine


A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Martini Brother tops six Cup entries

Bill Pape's Martini Brother, who blossomed last year as one of American Steeplechasing's emerging stars, heads a talented field of six for the $50,000 Carolina Cup, the featured race of the 82nd annual Carolina Cup Races in Camden on Saturday.

March 28, 2014 | | Equine


Carolina Cup parking spaces, tickets still on sale for Saturday’s races

Tickets and parking spaces are still available for Saturday's Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races

March 28, 2014 | | Equine


Top Striker looking to use home course to his advantage

Had it been the 1980s and if it were Wall Street, it would have been considered insider trading.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day

Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Clean and green

At a time of morning when many a Carolina Cup-goer is rolling over in their bed, the men charged with making sure everything on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course and its adjoining property are in working order are already on the job and rolling out, assuring that everything is in place for the tens of thousands of patrons who will make their way through the gates in the coming hours.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


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