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Baltic Shore washes away Queen's Cup feature field
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BALTIC SHORE MADE IT 2-for-2 on the year by carrying Willie McCarthy to victory in Saturdays $50,000 Queens Cup MPC Chase Hurdle in Mineral Springs, N.C. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Having little choice but to go to the front, Willie McCarthy took Baltic Shore to point in Saturday’s $50,000 Queen’s Cup MPC Chase.The pair came home in the same position they started in capturing the feature chase at Saturday’s Queen Cup meet in Mineral Springs, N.C. The event was the second of four stops in the National Steeplechase Association’s Sport of Kings Novice Hurdle stakes series.Trained by Camden’s Arch Kingsley, Baltic Shore is owned by High Hope Stables along with Camden’s Sue and George Sensor. For Kingsley, this was the fourth time he had saddled a winner from 18 starters in the still-young 2012 NSA season. He is tied for the lead in the circuit along with J.W. Delozier, who has also sent out four winners.The victory was the third in seven career starts over fences for the 6-year-old Johar gelding which was making his first start since capturing the $30,000 Woodward-Kirkover Stakes in the March 31 Carolina Cup.Headed at one jump, by runner-up Gustavian, Baltic Shore made the 2 ¼-mile trip over National Fences in a time of 4:32.40.