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Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day
McCarthey, Kingsley combine for two wins
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HARRY HAYNES RODE Hiwasee Gem to a dominating 28 3/4-length win in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Hurdle. The victory was the young jockeys first in the National Steeplechase Association. - photo by C-I photo by Lindsay Jennings
All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.The day opened with the skies opening over Camden in the early morning hours. By midday the sky lightened with the sun poking through for several hours. In fact, the only rain drops felt on the afternoon came for a few seconds as connections of $50,000 Carolina Cup feature winner Top Striker gathered in the winners’ circle to receive the spoils of the 5-year-old gelding’s victory.Carolina Cup race director Jeff Teter gave the official number of buses in College Park as 240, meaning that more than 10,000 college students came and left the races without having to climb behind the wheel of their own cars.As for the five-race card of races, Willie McCarthy scored a pair of victories --- including Saturday’s feature --- for the second straight week as he now leads the National Steeplechase Association with four wins after the circuit’s first two stops in Aiken and Camden.