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Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day
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CAT FEATHERS (inside) carries Harry Haynes over a fence during a Monday morning schooling session. The pair were in company with Bernie Dalton, who will ride Cat Feathers in Saturdays six-horse Carolina Cup feature chase, aboard Stephens Revenge. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.Meanwhile, around the corner, Cat Feathers nibbled and licked on the rubber-coated barrier which kept her inside the stall in her barn on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course. It was as if the 6-year-old mare was oblivious to the fact that, come Saturday, she would make her first start of 2014 against five male counterparts in the 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.In a day and age when chivalry is not quite dead, but is close to being on life support, it is nice to know that in Thoroughbred racing, guys still give way or, in this case, weight, to the ladies. That is one of the reasons why Dalton has entered her bay filly into the Camden spring classic.There have been times when a female racing against the boys was a big deal such as the ill-fated Ruffian and her match race versus Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in 1975.