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My Lady's Manor celebrates steeplechasing at its finest

The Baltimore Sun

It's April, which means spring has sprung and warm weather and sunny days (we hope!) are on the horizon. Savor the outdoors this weekend with one of Maryland's venerable traditions: the steeplechase.

Originally run on a course oriented to church steeples (how it derived its name), the steeplechase now refers to a distance race for horses and riders, who have to navigate terrain that includes fences and ditches. Today's race is the 97th running of the My Lady's Manor, with jockeys and horses competing for a $30,000 purse.

It will be a full day of equine festivities, as three other steeplechases also will be run (the three offer a grand total of $20,000 in winnings), as well as the Inter-Hunt Challenge Relay. There will also be a live performance from a bluegrass band and vendors for those breaks between races.

The race will go on rain or shine, with gates opening at 10 a.m. The grounds are on Jarrettsville Pike at Pocock Road in Monkton. Tickets are $50-$300. The race benefits Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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