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Digest (April 13): Mystic Strike surges to victory in My Lady's Manor steeplechase race

Digest (April 13): Mystic Strike surges to victory in My Lady's Manor steeplechase race

Mark Beecher, a Fallston-based amateur jockey, took the inside trip with Upland Partners’ Mystic Strike in Saturday’s $50,000 My Lady’s Manor, surged to the lead at the final fence, and held off a hard-charging Witor to win Saturday’s 109th running of the Maryland timber classic.

Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay finished third on a sunny, pleasantly warm afternoon in Monkton. The 3-mile My Lady’s Manor is the first jewel of the Maryland Timber Triple Crown, followed by the Grand National next Saturday in Butler and the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 27 in Glyndon.

As expected, Armata Stables’ Grand Manan went right to the lead at the start, with reigning timber champion Doc Cebu...

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