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Six jumpers eyeing $50,000 Carolina Cup
Lack of entries leads to a scratched race
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SPORTY CARRIED MARK BEECHER to victory on Colonial Cup day in 2012. He is entered into Saturdays Carolina Cup.
What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.The early season trend of short fields and scratched races which took place in Aiken last Saturday extended into Camden for Saturday’s 82nd running of the Carolina Cup steeplechase races.As entries for the Camden spring classic were being taken at the NSA offices in Elkton, Md. on Tuesday, snow from an early spring Nor’easter was falling with anywhere from one to three inches of the white stuff predicted to be on the ground before the storm passed.With so many steeplechase trainers based in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Pennsylvania, entries for the Carolina Cup card came up light with six jumpers being prepped for a run in the $50,000 Carolina Cup feature for novice jumpers. With only two entries, the flat race for Saturday has been scratched, bringing the card to five races over fences, including one over timber. A total of 32 horses were entered into the five events.