The Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Winner Top Striker Surprises the Crowd
On a sunny but blustery November day in Camden, South Carolina, Top Striker surprised the crowd as Ross Geraghty rode to victory by 10 1/2 lengths in the The Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup race, the fifth race of the day. With the favorite Rawnaq taking an early lead in the 2 3/4 mile race over national fences, Top Striker jumped ahead at the 17th and final fence, running away from the pack in the final stretch. Rawnaq came in second, with Days of Heaven taking a close third in the field of ten.
The day featured seven races, all over national fences, with Alcazar de Maram taking the first race, The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle (first division), by a whopping 39 and 3/4 lengths. The second race, The Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle (second division), was won by Strongbox by three, ridden by Bernard Dalton and trained by Kate Dalton. Paddy Young rode to victory atop Invocation in the third, the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial, winning by 18 lengths in the 2 mile race. The fourth race, The Springdale, run in memory of Betty Merck, was won by Willow U by a narrow 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 4:05 with Kieran Norris up.
After the fifth race, The Colonial Cup, the crowd watched two very close races as Lake Champlain narrowly edged Second Amendment in the first division of the Dale K. Thiel two and five sixteenths mile race by 1/4 length, and Canadian Gold finishing ahead of Formidable Heart in the second division, and final race, by 1/2 length.
The day, though windy, was warm and enjoyable for the enthusiastic crowd. The infield was full of energy, as usual, with several big screens on hand showing the races and a football game to the packed crowd. The paddock area had a nice array of shoppes featuring clothing, tasty treats and all sorts of potential Christmas gifts for the equestrians and equestrian enthusiasts in attendance.