Thanks in large part to Commanding Curve's second-place finish in the $2 million Kentucky Derby and his ninth in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables of Camden is enjoying a stellar spring.
Athene Noctura Stables' Odi et Amo found everything to love and nothing to hate at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, when he pulled away to a dominant victory in the featured $20,000 Jay Trump starter allowance hurdle at the 46th annual High Hope Steeplechase.
Displaying the brilliant turn of foot that won him last year's Eclipse Award, Bill Pape's Divine Fortune set all the pace in the $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) and danced away Saturday to a 3 1/4-length victory over Magalen O. Bryant's Gustavian in the featured race of the 73rd annual Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.
Willie McCarthy took Holston Hall's Hot Rize to the lead before the final fence of the $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup and fought off a determined challenge by Organisateur to win by three-quarters of a length before a capacity crowd at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains, Va., on Saturday, May 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.