Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - March 21, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
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Alk an. S.C. P..rmlt No. 104 (Corrtw lout* Prosort)
Volume I -- Number 18
Aiken, S. C., Wednesday, March 21, 1984
25* Per Copy
Saturday At Clark FieldSteeplechasing Offers Color, Excitement
By KAY LAWRENCE
AIKEN - The Aiken Hunt Meeting (Steeplechase) on Saturday--second leg of the Triple Crown-wili 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 steady—but 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, N.J., will parade before the crowd.
Post time for the eight-race program is 1:30 p.m. at Clark Field on Audubon Drive, which can be reached from Two Notch Road. Gates will open at IO a.m.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
The general admission parking fee is $2.
More than $21,500 is being offered in purses, in addition to such coveted trophies as the Imperial Cup and the Aiken Standard Gold Cup.
The Aiken meeting comes as the second event in the year-long circuit of the national steeplechase association. Trainers on the Eastern Seaboard usually enter their top jumpers to size up their potential for the season.
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard, whose entries have won the Imperial Cup for the past several years, is expected to bid for a lion’s share of the $10,000 purse again. Spectators will have a chance to see several of the “Top IO” jockeys in the steeplechase field.
Bruce Christison, formerly a steeplechase jockey and now a thoroughbred trainer in Aiken, was asked the primary difference between jumpers and flat runners.
“You might compare a jumper to an all-around
athlete,” he said. “He must have the stamina to run long distances-a mile and a half to two miles or more-taking 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.
“It’s pure speed over shorter distances that wears out a flat runner,” he explained.
The thrill for spectators is watching the horses and riders go over 4’5” jumps, ready to cope with hazards on the other side-such as fallen horses.
Is it the horse or the rider that adjusts to such
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Jumpers Vie for $10,000 Imperial Cup at Last Year's Steeplechase.
Political Season Underway
County politicians were busy last week-announcing, filing, and meeting.
In North Augusta Thursday night Republicans met and heard South Carolina Republican Party chairman Dr. George Graham encourage 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 Convention.
At the same meeting Fred Christensen, outgoing party chairman, said, “Our emphasis 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 15,000 unregistered voters in Aiken County.” Forty delegates and 40 alternates were elected to attend the District and State Conventions.
County Democrats met in caucus Saturday and with 56 of 57 precincts reporting
Monday showed 70 uncommitted delegates chosen. Of the three Democratic candidates Sen. Gary Hart mustered 43.5 delegates, Walter Mondale had 40 and the Rev. Jesse Jackson garnered 29.
Uncommitted delegates may change their minds at the Aiken County Convention to be held Monday, or at the state convention on April 14. Committed delegates also have the right to change their minds up until the end of the state conventions.
Q. Have library books been ordered to replace those damaged ove the Christmas Holidays at^ Aiken Elementary school^ B.W., 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 superintendent, added that it is the “intent of the district to bring the library collection back to the level it was prior to the Ha mange.” He did say he anticipates the books being ordered and in the library before the end of this school year.