Wednesday, March 21, 1984

Aiken County Register

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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - March 21, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Bulk Hot U S TOSTACI MID Alkwi SC No 104 Carrier Prxcrt AIKEN COUNTY Established 1983 Volume 1 18 Aiken S C Wednesday March 1984 Per Copy Saturday At Clark Field Steeplechasing Offers Color Excitement By KAY LAWRENCE AIKENThe Aiken Hunt Meeting Steeplechase on Saturdaysecond leg of the Triple Crownwill provide a wide range of excitement for the whole family In addition to major trophy races sanctioned by the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association there will be several special events guaranteed to please the crowd Leading off the program will be the Ladies Race for the William K Laughlin Cup Some of the prettiest female jockeys of the area will compete over a half mile of turf The ladies have shown in the past they are dead set to win and they get up a fine burst of speed New this year will be a Stable Pony Race These horses serve as a kind of nanny for young thoroughbreds when they are taken out on the training track Some of them are retired race horses or hunters They are calm and they can run Midway in the program the famous Seabrook coach drawn by four matched gray Holsteiners brought in by John M Seabrook of Salem NJ will parade before the crowd Eight Races Post time for the eight race program is pm at Clark Field on Audubon Drive which can be reached from Two Notch Road Gates will open at 10 am Tickets are for adults and for children under 12 The general admission park ing fee is More than is be ing offered in purses in addi tion to such coveted trophies as the Imperial Cup and the Aiken Standard Gold Cup The Aiken meeting comes asthe second event in the yearlong circuit of the na tional steeplechase associa tion Trainers on the Eastern Seaboard usually enter their top jumpers to size up their potential for the season Trainer Jonathan Shep pard whose entries have won the Imperial Cup for the past several years is ex pected to bid for a lions share of the purse again Spectators will have a chance to see several of the Top 10 jockeys in the steeplechase field Great Stamina Bruce Christison former ly a steeplechase jockey and now a thoroughbred trainer in Aiken was asked the primary difference between jumpers and flat runners You might compare a jumperto an allaround athlete he said He must have the stamina to run long distancesa mile and a half to two miles or moretaking the jumps in his stride Whereas a flat runner usually reaches his peak at age 3 or 4 a steeplechaser reaches his prime at 6 to 8 and may continue as a top competitor to the age of 12 or more he said Its pure speed over shorter distances that wears out a flat runner he ex plained The thrill for spectators is watching the horses and riders go over 45 jumps ready to cope with hazards on the other sidesuch as fallen horses Is it the horse or the rider that adjusts to such Continued on Page 12 live Wire Jumpers Vfe for Imperial Cup at Last Years Steeplechase Political Season Underway County politicians were busy last weekannouncing filing and meeting In North Augusta Thurs day night Republicans met and heard South Carolina Republican Party chairman Dr George Graham en courage them to have a full slate of candidates on the ballot in November to take advantage of the leadership of President Reagan and Strom Thurmond Dr Graham was keynote speaker at the County Con vention At the same meeting Fred Christensen outgoing party chairman said Our em phasis for the near future is for every citizen to en courgae good people to run for public office and then to seek out and register the more than 15000 unregistered voters in Aiken County Forty delegates and 40 alternates were elected to attend the District and State Conven tions County Democrats met in caucus Saturday and with 56 of 57 precincts reporting Monday showed 70 uncom mitted delegates chosen Of the three Democratic can didates Sen Gary Hart mustered 435 delegates Walter Mondale had 40 and the Rev Jesse Jackson garnered 29 Uncommitted delegates may change their minds at the Aiken County Conven tion to be held Monday or at the state convention on April 14 Committed delegates also have the right to change their minds up un til the end of the state con ventions Q Have library books been ordered to replace those damaged ove the Christmas Holidays at Aiken Elementary school BW Aiken A The order for the books has been prepared and is ready to maiL We are now waiting on a confirmation from the insurance company as to how much money the district will be collecting on its policy said Dr Beecher Morton Area One assistant superintendent Dr Robert Paskel school superinten dent added that it is the in tent of the district to bringr the library collection back to the level it was prior to the damange He did say he an ticipates the books being ordered and in the library before the end of this school year