Under sunny skies, a crowd approaching 10,000 partied and watched the 103rd running of the My Lady's Manor Steeplechase on Saturday in Monkton and saw an electrifying victory by a Harford County based team in the day's featured race.
Along with the John Rush Street Memorial and the John D. Schapiro Memorial which followed, the races were about three miles over timber.
Resplendent in wine velvet and powdered periwig, a man dressed as Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore, strolled about the land he owned back in the 1700s. He was not adverse to posing for photos.
Nelson and Traveler Stable's chestnut gelding Moonsox, trained by Kevin Boniface and ridden by Amelia McGuirk in her first NSA-sanctioned race, won the My Lady's Manor Steeplechase in 6:50. Jockey William Dowling rode Sheila Williams & Andre Brewster's Straight To It, trained by Jack Fisher, to second place. The 2011 winner, Merrifield Farm's Bon Caddo, trained by H. Bruce Fenwick and ridden by Christopher Read, came in third. The purse was an impressive $30,000.
So many horses were entered in the John Rush Streett Memorial Steeplechase, which comes with a purse of $10,000, that it was run in two divisions.
In the First Division of nine racers, Kinross Farm's Old Timer, trained by Neil Morris, was ridden by Diana Gillam in 6:33 1/5 for the win. Irvin S. Naylor's Alfa Beat, trained by William Meister with James Slater aboard, came in second, followed by Gerry L Brewster, Eleanor Russell & Joseph Tydings' Spencer Road, trained by Blythe Miller Davies, with Jackson Roberts in the irons. At the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point April 6, Spencer Road won the George C. Clement Memorial.
The Second Division of the John Rush Streett Memorial Steeplechase had a field of seven. Early leader Ebanour, owned by Irvin S. Naylor, trained by Brianne Slater and ridden by James Slater, won it in 6:30 4/5. Mrs. Cary W. Jackson's Raven's Choice, trained by Todd J. Wyatt and written by Blair Wyatt, came in second. William L. Pape's Lead Us Not, trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Martin Rohan, had trailed for much of the race, but sped up to take third place.
In the John D. Schapiro Memorial Steeplechase, which has a $7,500 purse, Equinox Stable's Snow Blizzard, trained by Nancy G. Knox and ridden by Nick Carter, won it in 6:38. Jeremy A. Batoff's Prospectors Strike, trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Justin Batoff, came in second. Jockey Diana Gillam rode Kinross Farm's Woodmont, trained by Neil R. Morris, to third place.