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Cup undercard spreads the wealth
STALLED CARRIES WILLE McCARTHY over the fourth fence in the $20,000 Palmetto Plate maiden filly and mares hurdle which the pair won by a comfortable 18 3/4 lengths. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato

On a day in which temperatures hovered in the 50s and, at times, featured swirling winds, the undercard at Saturday’s 83rd running of the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course was equally varied.

In five races, five different owners, trainers and jockeys made their way into the Springdale Race Course’s winners’ circle to accept trophies, plaques, plates or silver cups.

Here is a rundown on the five races which were part of the afternoon’s undercard:



Iron works best:

Gil Johnston’s Iron Works overtook Highflyingblessing in the stretch run to win the $30,000 Camden Plate Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle, the first jump race of the day.

Ridden by Sean McDermott for defending National Steeplechase Association champion trainer Jack Fisher (who did not make the trip to Camden), the 5-year-old Street Cry gelding nipped Highflyblessing and Camden-based jockey Bernie Dalton by a half-length with Papriformer (Kieran Norris) coming home third.

The winning time for the two-mile trip over National fences was 3:50.80.

The early portion of the race was dominated by All Knight, owned by Camden’s Sue Sensor, trained by Camden’s Arch Kingsley and ridden by Camden resident Willie McCarthy. But All Knight, who was well out in front of the seven-horse field, suffered a fatal shoulder injury on the back side.


It was a Super Saturday:

Irvin Naylor’s Super Saturday took a hotly contested $20,000 C.P. and Edith Wills DuBose chase, a three-mile race over timber fences.

Trained by Kathy Neilson, who gave Jacob Roberts the leg up, the 6-year-old Any Given Sunday gelding won by 2 ¼-lengths over Vine Hill (Robbie Walsh) in a time of 6:22.40. Class Indian (Gustav Dahl) and Certain Swagger (McDermott)

rounded out the finishers from the starting field of four jumpers.

Full speed ahead:

McCarthy had a win aboard William Pape’s Stalled in the $20,000 Palmetto Plate, a two-mile maiden hurdle for fillies and mares.

After battling for the lead with Ginobi, the 4-year-old Jump Start filly sailed home to an 18 ¾-length victory for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The winning time was 3:56.

Ginobi (Dalton) hung on for second with Storyville (Darren Nagle) third in the field of eight starters.

A Gem of a start to the day:

Veteran campaigner Hiwasee Gem, owned and trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Janet Elliot and ridden by Dalton, captured the afternoon-opening King Haigler Plate for maidens on the flat turf course.

The 8-year-old Cetewayo gelding held off General Quickie (Mark Watts) by a half-length with Jump ship (McCarthy) in third.

The winner was clocked in 2:12 for the 1 ¼-mile race.

The Promised land:

Jubilee Stables’ Promised Destiny won the day-ending The Wateree, a 1 ½-mile race on the flat turf course with Dahl getting the winning ride for trainer Ted Thompson.

Demonstrative, the 2014 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechasing who was being given a start by trainer Richard Valentine before being shipped to Virginia on Sunday, was second by a nose with Robbie Walsh up. Floating Ballerino (Dalton) finished third in a race which was clocked at 2:42.60.

Valentine said the timing of ther race was right to see where Demonstrative stood after having spent the winter training at the Camden Training Center.

The 8-year-old Elusive Quality gelding is scheduled to make his 2015 debut over fences when he defends his title at the $150,000 Iroquois feature in Nashville on May 9.

"To be honest with you," Valentine said before the race, "I just wanted to make sure that his breathing was all right. He breezed earlier down here and the first time we didn’t get a good image from the scope so, we worked again.

"We needed the run today. We will have one more run before the Iroquois."

After the second-place finish, Walsh said Demonstrative appears to be on schedule.

"He was pretty relaxed out there," he said. "Hopefully, that should have him ready for the next phase, we’ll say."