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Top Striker, McCarthy take $50,000 Carolina Cup
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TOP STRIKER FLIES the fourth fence with Willie McCarthy up during Saturdays 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup. The duo, which were never worse than second in the 2 1/2-mile chase, won by 11 1/2 lengths. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
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.As the three men reached the spot where the field would turn for home, Smart, who rode Jimmy Lorenzo to a 1988 Colonial Cup victory, told the 30-year-old McCarthy this is where to make his move.As if working from a textbook, McCarthy gave a tug on Top Striker’s reins as the field of six novice jumpers made their way to the 10th of 11 National Fences. With a confident bolt, Top Striker carried McCarthy past pace-setting Easy Reach and dashed away from the field, winning the Camden spring classic by 11 ½-lengths over Easy Reach.The winning time for the 2 1/8-mile trip was 4:01.2/5. For Camden resident and Top Striker’s owner, Sue Sensor, and Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley, this was their second time having teamed up on a Carolina Cup winner.