A field of 13 horses has been entered for Saturday's 96th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup.
The four-mile race over 22 timber fences is run at Worthington Farm on Tufton Avenue near Hunt Valley.
When the entries were drawn yesterday, there was one glaring omission.
Revelstoke, impressive winner of the Grand National point-to-point Saturday and undefeated in five career timber races, will not be in the lineup.
Another entry, Bold Seven, is also expected to pulled from the starting field because of an injury.
"Revelstoke bled [through the nostrils] after the Grand National and is through for the year," said rider-trainer Jack Fisher. "I could wait a few weeks and maybe start him again this spring, but we're not going to. We'll try again next year, and hope for better luck."
Revelstoke's absence thwarts Fisher's attempt to sweep Maryland's "big three" timber races. He won the My Lady's Manor point-to-point on Push And Pull before Revelstoke's victory at Butler on Saturday.
Push And Pull is not ready to attempt the big Maryland Hunt Cup fences, Fisher said, and will go in the Virginia Gold Cup on May 2.
The favorites among the 13 Hunt Cup entries are Von Csadek, Uncle Merlin and Pleasant Sea.
Von Csadek is a former Timber Horse of the Year who has won just about every important timber race, except the Hunt Cup.
Uncle Merlin also is making a comeback. He won in 1989 but hasn't attempted the course in three years after an ill-fated try at the English Grand National in 1990.
1. Cabral (Blythe Miller)
2. Tingles Image (Mike Elmore)
3. Gesticulate (Ned Halle)
4. Uncle Merlin (L. Neilson III)
5. Pleasant Sea (Liz McKnight)
6. Tot Elah (Mike Traurig)
7. Ballybranogue (C.J. Meister III)
8. Bold Seven (John Bosley)
9. Kevino (Irv Naylor)
10. Snowmaker (J.W. Delozier)
11. Capital K. (Joe Gillet)
12. Primal Bee (David DeMichele)
13. Von Csadek (Patrick Worrall)