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Martini Brother tops six Cup entries
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CAROLINA CUP FAVORITE Martini Brother scored three wins and earned more than $95,000 in 2013. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Bill Pape’s Martini Brother, who blossomed last year as one of American Steeplechasing’s emerging stars, heads a talented field of six for the $50,000 Carolina Cup, the featured race of the 82nd annual Carolina Cup Races in Camden on Saturday.The Carolina Cup, with five races on tap, annually attracts one of the largest crowds in all of American horse racing, often behind only the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. First post time at the Springdale Course is 1:30 p.m.The Carolina Cup is limited to novices, the sport’s rising stars in their first seasons of racing over fences in National Steeplechase Association competition. Martini Brother marked himself as a horse to watch early in the 2013 season and was a factor in Pape’s rise to becoming the NSA’s champion owner last year.After winning his maiden victory at the Atlanta Steeplechase in April, Martini Brother defeated more seasoned competitors the following month in an allowance hurdle at the Radnor Hunt Races in Pennsylvania.The well-bred A.P. Indy gelding then stepped up to stakes competition in July and won the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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