Neilson on Manor winner again

April 16, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Irv Naylor looked back heading into the final fence on the My Lady's Manor steeplechase course yesterday and couldn't believe his good fortune.

After setting the pace for nearly the entire 3-mile course on his New Zealand-bred fox hunter, Sortov, the 59-year-old "Galloping Grandfather" from York, Pa., was still in front in the My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point.

He leaned over and offered his horse all sorts of enticements.

"I'll clip you. I'll feed you. I'll bed your stall with extra straw if you win this race," Naylor pleaded.

But to no avail.

Within the crack of one split fence board, Sanna Neilson came within five seconds of equaling the course record and swept by Sortov with 1993 Maryland Hunt Cup winner Ivory Poacher and won her second straight running of the My Lady's Manor Point-to-Point.

Joe Gillet on Welter Weight came close to holding off Neilson in the final straightaway but finished a head back in second and three lengths in front of third-place finisher Louis "Paddy" Neilson III on Tarsky.

"Between us, we've got 111 years," Paddy Neilson, 52-year-old father of the winning jockey, said to Naylor afterward.

Naylor, who had nearly come off after Sortov sent a board flying at the final jump, tired and finished fourth.

The flying timber caused a flag standard to fall which hit Greg Ryan on fifth-place finisher Gus's Boy in the head. But Ryan, who had broken his back in a spill last year, escaped with only a cut lip.

Ivory Poacher transformed his reputation as a plodder who excels in heavy going by running the second-fastest Manor race in at least the past 25 years. His time, on the firm going, was 6 minutes, 1 second -- two-fifths of a second faster than Matlow in 1977 and three seconds faster than Von Csadek in 1990.

"Surprised you, didn't he?" said Ann Fenwick, who trains the winner for Redmond Finney's Landslide Farm.

Fenwick credited Neilson with the horse's swift time. "She's got wings," Fenwick said, referring to Neilson, who will try to win her third Maryland Hunt Cup in the past five years with Ivory Poacher in two weeks.

Neilson, 26, is a former St. Timothy's School and Boston University graduate who trains horses in Unionville, Pa., and has become an accomplished amateur timber jockey. She won the Maryland Hunt Cup in 1991 with Tom Bob, in 1993 with Ivory Poacher and won My Lady's Manor last year with Shining Beacon.

Neilson said she encountered few problems, although Johnny Bosley on Kuujjuaq fell in front of her at the seventh fence. "But I was able to get around him," Neilson said. "I just drifted along in the middle and wasn't really racing until the last two fences."

Bosley was not injured. One other rider, Mike Elmore, came off when Summit Point fell at the 11th jump. Elmore, who landed on his head, was not hurt, according to a Manor racing official, but was taken to Fallston Hospital, treated and released.

Neilson followed her victory in the main Manor race with a 10-length triumph aboard Augustin Stable's Southwoods in the first division of the John Rush Streett Memorial.

Last year Southwoods fell at the fifth fence, but this year he took over about halfway around from early leaders Robber Landing and Happy Birthday Dew and won easily.

Jonathan Kiser, 16, a sophomore at West Nottingham Academy, scored his first Manor victory aboard Delessio in the second division of the Streett Memorial. The horse has encountered all sorts of problems, including a gunshot wound inflicted in his pasture by an unknown assailant.

But yesterday, Kiser told the horse's owners, Nelson Polun and former Laurel Park owner John D. Schapiro, that Delessio "went great. He felt like an experienced chaser."

1st--$15,000; 85th running My Lady's Manor Point-To-Point; 5yo&up; 3 M. (Timber). gr.g., 10, Buckfinder-White Knuckles. Landslide Farm, owner; Ann Fenwick, trainer.

1. Ivory Poacher (S. Neilson)

2. Welter Weight (J. Gillet)

3. Tarsky (L. Neilson III)

Time: 6:01. Also ran: Sortov, Gus's Boy, Sarkis, Gibson Island. Fell: Kuujjuaq, Summit Point.

2nd--$5,000; 71st running; John Rush Streett Memorial, 1st Div.; 5yo&up, Mdns.; 3 m. (Timber).

b.g., 8, Robellino-Dancing Affair. Augustin Stable, owner; F. Bruce Miller, trainer.

1. Southwoods (S. Neilson)

2. Robber Landing (J. Waterman)

3. Red And Gray (C. J. Meister III)

Time: 6:07. Also ran: Happy Birthday Dew, Caustic Response, Christoroberto, Chaiten. Scratched: Alberta Clipper.

3--$5,000; 71st running; John Rush Streett Memorial, 2Nd Div.; 5Yo&up, Mdns.; 3 m. (Timber).

b.g., 10, Protection Racket-Girl of the Green. Nelson Polun-John D. Schapiro, owners; Joe Gillet, trainer.

1. Delessio (J. Kiser)

2. Slewgo (J. Bosley)

3. T. J.'s Dynasty (W. Meister)

Time: 6:10. Also ran: Bronze Angle, Extra Edition, Plymouth Gentleman. Scratched: Razade.

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