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Pleasant Woodman chops down field in Aiken feature
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WILLIE MCCARTHY ... gets two wins in Aiken
Pleasant Woodman continued his love affair with Ford Conger Field when he broke on top in the Aiken Spring Steeplechase’s $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup (Gr. 3), fought off a challenge from Street Fight, and drew clear to a 1 1/2-length victory on Saturday.The event kicked off the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaignOwned by Virginia Lazenby and Farm d’Allie Racing, Pleasant Woodman is undefeated at the Aiken course and has never been headed. Ridden by Kieran Norris, last year’s champion apprentice jockey, the Woodman gelding jumped out to an early advantage and maintained it to the final circuit of the far turn.Dogwood Stable’s Street Fight, trained in Camden by Arch Kingsley, who had won his maiden victory at last year’s Aiken Fall Steeplechase, moved closer to the front-runner and mounted a challenge on the final turn.