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Gustavian, Young run off with Aiken Holiday Cup
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Hickory Tree Stables’ Gustavian, ridden by champion jockey Paddy Young, launched a formidable move on the final turn of Ford Conger Field and overtook front-running Baltic Shore to win the $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup, feature race of the 20th annual Aiken Fall Steeplechase on Saturday, Oct. 29. High Hope Stables’ Baltic Shore, ridden by Willie McCarthy for Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley, finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner and ten lengths clear of the third-place finisher, Eugene Weymouth’s Wild for Gold, ridden by Camden resident Bernie Dalton for part-time Camden resident and Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot. Trained by Leslie Young, the winning jockey’s wife, Gustavian ran the Budweiser Holiday Cup’s 2 1/4 mile in 4:21.20 on a firm course in Aiken.