Pleasant Sea beats Call Louis by 2 1/2 in My Lady's Manor STEEPLECHASE

April 11, 1993|By Muphen Whitney | Muphen Whitney,Contributing Writer

Pleasant Sea overtook Call Louis after the third-to-last fence to win the 83rd running of the My Lady's Manor yesterday in Monkton. Both Liz McKnight, on Pleasant Sea, and Jack Fisher, on Call Louis, were driving hard through the stretch with McKnight prevailing by 2 1/2 lengths at the wire.

Fisher's claim of foul against McKnight for bumping at the beacon between the 13th and 14th fences was disallowed by the stewards. No Triskadekafobia, with Michael Traurig in the irons, finished third in the three-mile race over timber.

Fisher got a victory in the second race of the three-race card, the first division of the John Rush Streett Memorial maiden timber race. Fisher and Shining Beacon took command at the start and never relinquished the lead despite challenges from each of the other five horses in the field. At the wire, Fisher's mount, who is owed by his wife, Sheila, had a 1 1/2 -length lead on Oval Office, ridden by Joe Gillet. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Imp Chacer, ridden by Virginian Mike Elmore.

The second division of the Streett turned out to be the biggest race of the day for 22-year-old Baltimorean Nicholas Schweizer.

Coming over the last of 16 fences, Schweizer asked his 7-year-old gelding Grafftime to pull out all the stops, and the horse responded with a power play through the stretch that put him a nose in front of Kentucky Mint Julep, ridden by Fisher, at the wire. It was several lengths back to third-place Whisper Foot, with Bay Cockburn riding.

"I just followed Jack's lead [throughout the three-mile race]," Schweizer said as he celebrated his first National Steeplechase And Hunt Association sanctioned win. "The going [footing] was good and I just wanted to stay out of trouble.

Schweizer's horse is trained by Fisher at his Monkton farm. The horse is owed by Schweizer's mother and father, Tim and Barbara, in partnership with Lehr Jackson. Schweizer took delight in beating his mentor in the stretch, but gave Fisher credit for Grafftime's fitness.

"He was ready for this race and was jumping really well," said Schweizer, an English major at Loyola College in Baltimore. "We have just been waiting for good footing to run him. This was his first race this year."

My Lady's Manor

1. Pleasant Sea (Liz McKnight); 2. Call Louis (Jack Fisher); 3. No Triskadekafobia (Michael Traurig); 4. Heavenly Dance (Patrick Worrall); 5. Reputed Dancer (Jay Meister). Pulled up--Pacific Parley, Bally Branogue, Fee Speed. John Rush Streett Memorial Division I

1. Shining Beacon (Jack Fisher); 2. Oval Office (Joe Gillet); 3. Imp Chacer (Michael Elmore); 4. Far Away Breeze (William Meister); 5. Nick The Plumber (John J. McKenna Jr.); 6. Caustic Response (Sara Laimbeer). John Rush Streett Memorial Division II

1. Grafftime (Nicholas Schweizer); 2. Kentucky Mint Julip (Jack Fisher); 3. Whisper Foot (Bay Cockburn); 4. Little Ray M (William Meister). Fell--Sabas, Extra Edition, Gibson Island.

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