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Bring on the heat
Recent cold snap presents challenges to horses in training and their handlers
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TRAINER RICHARD VALENTINE and one of the horses in his barn prepare for a ride on the grounds of the Springdale Training Center last Friday. - photo by Tom Didato
Appropriately dressed for someone riding behind a team of huskies for a trek over snow and ice-covered terrain, Richard Valentine sat in the saddle aboard one of his eight horses stabled on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course. As he guided his mount in a circle set among the pine trees before going out for ride last Friday, the trainer of 2014 Eclipse Award winner for Steeplechase Horse Demonstrative half-jokingly said he might break out his attire usually reserved for the summer months as he talked about the weather forecast for this week. Given the below-freezing temperatures which descended on the Camden area last week --- which were to give way to the 60s over the course of the next two to three days ---, it was not the optimal time for man or beast to be out either before or at the crack of dawn.

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