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McCarthy wraps up leading rider title
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JACK FISHER SEWED UP his third consecutive NSA leading trainers title with two wins on Sunday in Charleston. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato

Part-time Camden resident Willie McCarthy wrapped up his first National Steeplechase Association leading rider championship with one meet left on the schedule.

McCarthy, a native of County Cork, Ireland, rode Magalen O. Bryant’s Kings Giant to victory in a maiden hurdle in Sunday’s Charleston Cup and is assured of wearing the jockey crown coming into Saturday’s Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup in Camden. He has 23 wins, nine more than his closest pursuers in defending champion Paddy Young and Ross Geraghty.

Andre W. Brewster’s Selection Sunday put on his Sunday best for the $25,000 Charleston Cup and waltzed away to a 7 1/4-length victory in the optional allowance hurdle. Mrs. Cary W. Jackson’s Northern Bay took second, and Stone Farm’s Mandola finished fourth.

Completing the order of finish were Virginia’s Friendship Farm’s Cognashene and Boudinot Farms’ Harmony Bay. Ridden by Sean McDermott, Selection Sunday completed the Charleston Cup’s 2 1/4 miles in 4:17 on firm turf at Stono Ferry Race Course.

Selection Sunday’s victory virtually assured Jack Fisher his third straight title as champion trainer. With 21 victories on the season, he has a seven-race lead over Richard Valentine.

Fisher, who also won a maiden claiming hurdle with Arcadia Stable’s Three Hundred, tightened the battle for the money-won title. He now has more than $720,000 in 2014 purses and trails Valentine by less than $8,000.

In the $10,000 conditioned claiming hurdle, Camden’s Bernie Dalton rode Riverdee Stable’s Lillehammer to victory for his wife and Lillehammer’s trainer, Kate Dalton.

 

Colonial Cup ticket information:

Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties remain on sale for Saturday’s 45th renewal of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.

The gates to the Springdale Race Course will swing open to the general public at 9 a.m. The Jack Russell Terrier Races will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Salute to the Military kicking off at 11 a.m. The afternoon’s six-race card will meet the starters’ flag at 12:30 p.m. Paddock time is set for noon.

The afternoon of racing, featuring the $100,000 Colonial Cup, brings the curtain down on the 2014 National Steeplechase Association season.

Here is the information on all tickets and parking spaces for the Colonial Cup:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General admission tickets:

$30,

(Note: Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free, if accompanied by an adult ticket holder.)

General admission parking:

$10

Infield parking:

$135 per parking space, includes two general admission race tickets

Pro Park:

$135 per parking space, includes two general admission race tickets. New to the Colonial Cup this year, Pro Park is designed to be a reunion spot for former College Park goers who are now in the professional sector.

Restricted area parking (for oversized vehicles):

$215, includes a parking space and two tickets

Front row paddock side parking:

$265, includes two general admission race tickets

Grandstand box:

$625; Individual grandstand box seat: $135, which includes premier seating at the finish line. Watch the races from the best seats at the race course, and dine with the winning owners and trainers in the Post and Paddock Club presented by Aberdeen Catery Luncheon Tent on the mound next to the Grandstand. Includes credentials for six box seats, admission for six to the "Breakfast with KershawHealth" in the Grandstand Pavilion, six VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent credentials, admission for six to the Winner’s Reception after the races in the Lexus VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent, and one boxholder parking credential.

Tickets and parking spaces may be purchased in person at the race office, located inside the National Steeplechase Museum on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, or by calling 432-6513.

For complete race-day information, please visit the Colonial Cup website which is located at www.carolina-cup.org.

Tickets and parking spaces may be purchased in person at the race office, located inside the National Steeplechase Museum on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, or by calling 432-6513.

For complete race-day information, please visit the Colonial Cup website which is located at www.carolina-cup.org.