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Kingsley, Murphy enjoy Cup day
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BALTIC SHORE CARRIES Willie McCarthy (left) over the final jump ahead of Dugan and Brian Crowley in Saturdays $30,000 Woodward-Kirkover Cup. The horses would finish first and third, respectively, in the days co-feature. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
When you don’t have a jumper in the big race, winning the co-feature will have to do.That was fine and dandy with Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley who, a year ago, sent Sue Sensor’s Sunshine Numbers out to a 27 ¼-length victory in the Carolina Cup feature. Saturday, the Kingsley-conditioned Baltic Shore and rider Willie McCarthy, held off a charging Sergeant Karakorum (Darren Nagle) to win the $30,000 Woodward-Kirkover Cup on a warm and humid afternoon at the Springdale Race Course.The winning time for the 2 1/8-mile trek was 3:55.45.Owned by High Hopes Stables, Baltic Shore’s victory was celebrated with an enthusiastic hug between Kingsley and High Hope owner Bill Price, who hails from the Charlotte area. The 6-year-old Kentucky-bred winner broke his maiden at Colonial Downs last May before running second in a $30,000 chase at Saratoga in his next start.Kingsley said regardless of the purse, winning a race at the Springdale Race Course never gets old.“It’s always nice to win at home in front of the home crowd,” the former NSA riding champion said with a smile as he peered into the grandstand.Unlike Sunshine Numbers’ romp a year ago, Baltic Shore battled for and traded the lead with Dugan (Brian Crowley) until the final fence as Baltic Shore used a strong jump to propel him to victory.“We wanted to give him as easy a race as we could give him with, obviously, that result,” he said of Baltic shore’s first start of the year.

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