Two's Company's late surge edges Zanclus in feature at Legacy Chase
From Sun staff reports|
Sep 24, 2016 | 11:49 PM
Race chair Charlie Fenwick talks about the 16th annual Legacy Chase. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
Two's Company stormed through the stretch to beat Zanclus by a head in the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase on Saturday at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley.
Straight to It finished third, 31/2 lengths behind Zanclus, and reigning timber champion Grinding Speed was fourth, 81/2 lengths farther back.
Owned by Bruton Street-US, Two's Company ran the Legacy Chase's 3 miles over timber fences in 6 minutes, 4.8 seconds on turf rated as firm. Two's Company and Sheila Williams' and Northwoods Stables' Straight to It are trained by Jack Fisher.
Jockey Sean McDermott placed Two's Company in the middle of the nine-horse field as Puller and Super Saturday set the early pace. Irv Naylor's Super Saturday was beginning to tire as he jumped the last fence on the lead, and Sara Collette's homebred Zanclus moved to the fore under Kieran Norris. Two's Company, fifth at the last fence, found his best stride late and arrived just in time to win the fall's first timber race.
The Legacy Chase was the culmination of a yearlong fundraising effort for the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute, which generated more than $2 million throughout the year, including Saturday, for GBMC HealthCare's oncology services. More than 1,300 patients and families attended the races.
GBMC set the Guinness World Record for the longest cancer-awareness ribbon. The lavender ribbon, a symbol of the commitment to fight against all cancers, stretched 7,953 feet, 1 inch -- more than 1 1/2 miles.