Finding one horse capable of making it around the difficult timber course at the My Lady's Manor Steeplechase Races is tough enough.
But trainer Jack Fisher has six horses entered in the three jumping races in Monkton today, including a four-horse entry in the featured My Lady's Manor Point-To-Point.
All three races are over the same hilly three-mile turf course over 16 board or post-and-rail fences.
Fisher, who has come to dominate Maryland's spring timber races the past few seasons, seeks his second victory in three years in the $15,000 Manor feature. He won both as a rider and trainer in 1992 with Push And Pull, and finished second last year on Call Louis.
His four-horse entry in the main race includes three Manor veterans -- Revelstoke, Sea Speed and Shining Beacon -- who won the first sanctioned timber races of their careers at the Manor in the John Rush Streett Memorial. Fisher is pointing the trio to the Maryland Hunt Cup, April 30. His fourth starter, Saluter, is prepping for a possible start in the Virginia Gold Cup, May 7.
Revelstoke, a multiple winner and 1993 Hunt Cup runner-up, is considered the best of the quartet.
"I might scratch Revelstoke today and run him tomorrow at the Oatlands [Va.] races, although he'll probably go in the Manor," Fisher said.
He said he expects the stiffest competition today to come from Arcadia Stable's Free Throw and Ben Griswold III's Reputed Dancer.
The Manor course is at the intersection of Jarrettsville Pike and Pocock Road, about 14 miles north of Baltimore Beltway exit 27B.
Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Post time for the first race is 3:30 p.m. The races are held as a benefit for the Ladew Topiary Gardens and are run rain or shine.