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Top Striker seeks Saratoga gold
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WILLIE MCCARTHY IS ALL smiles after having ridden Top Striker to victory in last springs Carolina Cup. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Top Striker, winner of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase in Camden last March, is part of an 11-horse field which is expected to meet the starter’s flag in Thursday’s $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course.Post time for the first race on Thursday’s card is 12:25 p.m.The first of 12 steeplechase races at the Spa begins Wednesday with a $65,000 allowance chase which drew a field of 10 jumpers. Owned by Camden’s Sue Sensor, Top Striker is trained in Camden by Arch Kingsley and will again be ridden by regular jockey and part-time Camden resident Willie McCarthy, the current leading jockey in the National Steeplechase Association.Top Striker opened its 5-year-old campaign by breezing to an 11 ½-length victory over the Springdale Race Course in winning the 2014 Camden spring classic. He subsequently finished third in the Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase in suburban Charlotte on April 26.