Saluter likely scratch from My Lady's Manor Withdrawal would leave 7 in steeplechase classic

April 11, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Maryland steeplechase season will begin in earnest tomorrow with the 87th running of the My Lady's Manor in Harford County.

A two-race card featuring the $17,500 My Lady's Manor will start at 3: 30 p.m. off Pocock Road, which is off Jarrettsville Pike.

With Saluter -- the sport's all-time leading money-winner with more than $236,000 -- likely to scratch, the race looks wide-open. Trainer Jack Fisher said he will only run Saluter in the event of a rash of late scratches.

"He has only lost over two courses, the Manor and the International Gold Cup," said Fisher. "I just don't think he and this course get along, for some reason."

The 8-year-old gelding has won 14 races since 1993 and was the NSA champion over timber in 1994 and 1995. He was second to Southwoods in the Manor last year.

Those making comebacks from layoffs and considered possibilities in the eight-horse field are Irvin Naylor's front-running Jamaica Bay, winner of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup three years ago, and Patricia Bosely's Pacific Spy.

And Joey Gillet, the commuting jump rider, will fly in from California to handle well-regarded Delessio.

To reach the Manor course, take exit 27B off the Baltimore Beltway and bear left onto Jarrettsville Pike (Route 146) after the Loch Raven Reservoir.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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