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Eclipse Award winner among eight Carolina Cup nominees
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RED LETTER DAY HOPES to get back into winning form at the Carolina Cup. Here, he is shown with Bernie Dalton up in the 2009 Colonial Cup. - photo by Photo by Tom Didato
In what can best be described as an ironic twist, with a good portion of Kershaw County residents suffering from pollen-related maladies, Black Jack Blues will come to town some four months after the missing last November’s Colonial Cup steeplechase due to a respiratory infection.Last fall, Black Jack Blues missed his shot at racing in the Camden fall classic due to his having come up with what trainer J.W. Delozier said, in human terms, was a sinus infection, four days before the race.What Camden missed out on last November, it will see come the 80th running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup Steeplechase on Saturday, March 31 as the 2011 Eclipse Award champion heads an eight-horse contingent which was nominated into the 2 ¼-mile chase.Owned by Irv Naylor, the defending National Steeplechase Association leading owner champion, Black Jack Blues used his wins in last fall’s $35,000 Dorothy Fred Smithwick Stakes and the $250,000 Grand National to propel the now-9-year-old to the Eclipse Award. Purchased by Naylor and brought to the United States late last summer, the Irish-bred gelding won the NSA’s 2011 Lonesome Glory Award with a circuit-best $171,000 in earnings from his only two starts on this side of the Atlantic.Naylor is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle again in 2012. Just days ago, he purchased Nearby and sent the 8-year-old to Delozier’s barn.