As thoroughbred horse racing’s triple crown season gets underway this weekend with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, we take a look back at Maryland’s prominent timber series triple crown held over three Saturdays in April. The series consists of My Lady's Manor, Grand National and the Maryland Hunt Cup which was started in 1894 as a competition between two hunting clubs.
For steeplechase enthusiasts, these are more than horse races. They are social events extraordinaire. Here’s how the races turned out:
• My Lady’s Manor: On April 14, Zanclus, an 8-year-old gelding, conquered the 3-mile course in Monkton. Zanclus had no raced in more than a year, but showed no signs of rust, winning by more than 25 lengths.
• Grand National: On April 21, Senior Senator, an 8-year-old, won his second straight Grand National in Butler by 1 ½ lengths, facing a strong field that included two other former Hunt Cup winners.
• Maryland Hunt Cup: On April 28, Senior Senator rebounded quickly from the Grand National to win his second Hunt Cup. The race, run on the same Worthington Valley course since 1922, is the final jewel in the Maryland timber series triple crown. Jockey Eric Poretz guided Senior Senator over the Baltimore County course and led wire-to-wire for a 5-length victory.