Miller seeks repeat steeplechase win

April 13, 1991|By Ross Peddicord

Blythe Miller could be called the Julie Krone of steeplechasing.

The 22-year-old college student, who ranks among the nation's top jump jockeys, will try for a repeat victory today at the My Lady's Manor Point-To-Point in Monkton.

Miller will ride Cabral, a 10-year-old Chilean-bred gelding. They won the maiden timber race, the John Rush Streett Memorial, in 1989 in their only other Manor appearance.

Cabral is returning after missing last year's timber season because of an 18-month absence caused by a leg injury.

Miller won seven steeplechase races in 1990 to rank ninth in the overall jockey standings. Her mounts earned $314,472, second highest behind Jeff Teter.

Cabral is the likely pacesetter in the three-mile Manor race over 16 timber fences. His closest competitors could be Pacific Parley, winner last fall of the New Jersey Hunt Cup, and Grape, recent winner of the Cheshire Bowl in Pennsylvania. Joe Gillet will ride Pacific Parley, and Billy Meister will ride Grape.

Johnny Bosley, last year's leading timber rider, has been named to ride Quisitor, but Bosley was knocked unconscious in a spill at Marlborough Sunday and, although he was not hospitalized, he said yesterday that he might not be ready to compete today.

Ten horses are entered in the main race. The field could be reduced to nine if Ned Halle on Gesticulate chooses to go in the Streett Memorial. He entered both races and said yesterday that he is undecided about which race to ride.

The Streett drew 11 entries, but not all are expected to run. Patty Fenwick entered two horses, Magical and Saratoga Slew, but said yesterday that only one will start.

Night Train Lane, the novice champion on the Delaware Valley circuit last season, is considered a doubtful starter. His rider, Meister, is also named on Sea Speed, an easy winner last week of the novice race at Brandywine Hills, Pa. Bosley was expected to ride Night Train Lane if Sea Speed goes, but his injury makes that doubtful.

Among the other prominent contenders are The Wool Merchant, who has a new rider, Anne Moran, this year; and Crab Apple, last season's winner of the lady point-to-point division in Virginia.

Post time for the first race is 3:30 p.m. The course is at Jarrettsville Pike and Pocock Road. Admission is $25 a car.

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