Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camdenite Jonathan Sheppard invariably does well at Saratoga Race Course, and he kicked off the track's first steeplechase last Thursday with a 1-2 finish by Bill Pape's Martini Brother and the trainer's Barnstorming in the $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.
The start of the Saratoga Race Course racing season opens Friday, and steeplechase racing again will be featured on every Thursday of the 40-day meet in upstate New York.
Here are some of the highlights from horses which were given their start at various barns in and around Camden and which have found success on the race courses both in this country and abroad.
Clorevia Farm's Dr. Skip confirmed the promise of his maiden steeplechase victory when he made a big move on Parx's final turn, jumped the last fence with a six-length lead, and drew clear to a seven-length win in the Philadelphia area track's $30,000 featured optional allowance claimer last Tuesday.
Saratoga Race Course is celebrating its 150th anniversary of racing this year, and steeplechasing has been a part of the Saratoga Experience from the very beginning.
Sandbar, a 2-year-old War Pass filly developed at Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan's Fenwick Farm in Camden, broke her maiden at first asking with a win in a $45,000 maiden race at Churchill Downs on June 8.
Meritage Racing's Inti collected the biggest victory of his racing career on Saturday, when he surged past Complete Zen in Colonial Downs' stretch and drew clear to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 3), the feature race of the Virginia track's opening-day program.
Had he been a human athlete, Freedom Child would have been that gangly young boy who grew so quickly that he would trip over his own feet while running.
Sold at Saratoga by a pair of Camden residents, purchased by a Camden resident who then sent the newest member of his stable back home, Amberjack continues to flourish in his native New York.
Call Me Sonny, owned by Camden's Dale Thiel, answered the call in Saturday's $40,000 Valentine Memorial when he moved up smartly on Fair Hill Race Course's final turn and drew away to an 8 1/4-length victory in the starter handicap stakes.
Seemingly beaten in deep stretch, Irv Naylor's Decoy Daddy made a thrilling late move that carried him to a head victory over Gustavian in the $50,000 National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3), the featured hurdle race of Saturday's 83rd annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa.
When Freedom Child was declared a non-starter in the Wood Memorial on April 6, the 3-year-old's shot at the Kentucky Derby went by the boards.
NASHVILLE -- On a spectacular afternoon of racing at the 72nd annual Iroquois Steeplechase, Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative edged past Divine Fortune at the finish line to win Saturday's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) by a head.
Demonstrative and Divine Fortune, the respective winner and second finisher in last year's season-ending Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden (Gr. 1) race, will meet again on Saturday, in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), the crowning race of the rich Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville's Percy Warner Park.
The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) is pleased to announce Camden-based Fenwick Equestrian Products as the Awards Cooler Sponsor of the 2013 USHJA Children's/Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships.
The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.
A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
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