Aiken horses to run in the Camden Cup
Aiken resident Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Demonstrative will defend his title in today’s running of the 2¾-mile, $100,000, Grade 1 Colonial Cup at Springdale Race Course in Camden.
Dogwood Stable’s Street Fight, a winner in his debut over fences at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase, returns in an allowance race as part of the Colonial Cup undercard.
Demonstrative made a dramatic move, coming from way off the pace, going 12 wide, with Matt McCarron in the irons, to win the 2012 edition of the Grade 1 Colonial Cup at Camden’s Springdale Race Course by a stirring length.
The 6-year-old son of Elusive Quality is a multiple Grade 1 winning gelding conditioned by Richard Valentine. Jockey Robbie Walsh will ride Demonstrative today.
A six-time stakes winner, Demonstrative won the Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes this spring at Percy Warner, adding to his already impressive resume – one that includes not only capturing the Grade 1 Colonial Cup during his 5-year-old campaign, but also the gelding’s score in the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in 2012.
Demonstrative has nine wins and has earned $468,574.
Dogwood Stable’s Street Fight lived up to his name in his last start, and will return today on the Colonial Cup undercard.
The 4-year-old gelding won his debut over fences at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase, and the bay son of Street Sense with the matinee idol looks, returns in the day’s sixth race on the Colonial Cup day card, a 2⅛-mile allowance race over hurdles.
The Ontario-bred is conditioned by Arch Kinglsey Jr. and was broken and trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens. Jockey Willie McCarthy will have the return call on the gelding. Street Fight will carry 148 pounds in today’s race. The two-time winner on the flat wired the field, drawing off to win by 3¾-lengths in his last start in Aiken.
Street Fight had previously raced on the flat, and had been in the barns of Todd Pletcher, Mike Keogh and Gary Contessa, before making the successful transition to racing over national fences while being conditioned by Kingsley.
“I think it’s a great experience,” said W. Cothran Campbell, Dogwood Stable president. “He’s run over jumps once in his life. It will set him up for the Carolina Cup in the spring, which is a novice race.”
Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry.