With 3rd win, Manfuso must pony up trophy

He'll gladly pay price for retiring show prize


July 01, 1999|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Winning a trophy is one thing. Retiring it is quite another.

Bob Manfuso, co-owner of Chanceland Farm in Howard County, won the Blarney Challenge Trophy for the third time Sunday at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association annual yearling show at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Kentucky-based trainer Patrick Byrne judged Manfuso's colt by Boundary out of Playwithebigboys the show's grand champion. Because this was Manfuso's third grand champion -- he won in 1992 and 1994 -- he not only won the trophy, but retired it. And now, he must replace it with one of his own.

That's how the yearling show works. If you win grand champion three times, you take home the trophy. But then you have to furnish the replacement hardware.

In 1960, Rigan McKinney retired the Henry L. Straus Memorial Trophy after showing his third grand champion in four years. McKinney replaced that with his own trophy and named it after his Blarney Farm in Woodbine.

McKinney was a breeder, trainer, polo player, amateur steeplechase rider and, coincidentally, married to the aunt of Katy Voss, the trainer who co-owns Chanceland Farm with Manfuso.

Manfuso said he will gladly come up with a trophy for the yearling show.

"We'll probably call it the Chanceceland Challenge Trophy," he said. "This is an incredible statement about the crew we've got here at the farm. These things don't happen by accident."

Manfuso's colt was best of 81 yearlings shown in six classes. The sire, Boundary, stands at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. Manfuso owns the mare, Playwithebigboys, who has a weanling by Polish Numbers and is in foal to Concern.

She is also the dam of Skunder's Wonder, judged reserve champion two years ago. Now 3, the son of Waquoit won his first start June 5 at Monmouth Park. He paid $75.80 to win.

The reserve champion Sunday was Quest of Fate, a colt by Norquestor out of Johnandjo, bred and owned by Everett Ayers.

Other winners of their classes were a colt by Valley Crossing out of Nubile, bred and owned by Bonita Farm and Joe and George Nicholson; a filly by Itaka out of Miss Jove, bred and owned by Ralph Comi; a filly by Allen's Prospect out of Gala Runaway, bred and owned by Flag Rock LLP, and a filly by Alydeed out of Miss Kokopelli, bred and owned by Mary Eppler.

Setting July 4 stage

Bally's at Ocean Downs opens its summer season tonight with harness racing beginning at 7: 15, bands, pony rides, Lollipop the clown and fireworks -- a fitting prelude to the July 4 weekend.

The track near Ocean City will race live 40 nights, generally Wednesday through Sunday. But there are several exceptions (no racing July 8 and 15, Aug. 12, 19, 25 and 26, Sept. 1 and 2).

Parking and admission are free. The track offers a wide range of simulcasts daily. Also, it has scheduled numerous promotions and special events. For information, call Ocean Downs at 410-641-0600.

Rosecroft `Funfest'

Rosecroft Raceway is saving its fireworks for Saturday -- on and off the track.

As part of its third annual Family Funfest, the harness track in Prince George's County will offer carnival rides, games, face painting, pony rides, clowns and magicians from 6 to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin about 11 p.m.

On the track (post time 7: 20 p.m.), Rosecroft will showcase its best home-grown 3-year-olds in four Maryland Sire Stakes finals. Admission to the races and Funfest is $2. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Big day for jockeys

At Laurel Park, Saturday is Jockeys Across America Day.

Jockeys will sign autographs for a $1 donation beginning at noon on the first floor of the clubhouse and then, between races, participate in the ninth annual "Jockey Dash." All proceeds will benefit the Don Macbeth Memorial Jockey Fund for disabled riders.

On Monday, Laurel Park will deviate from its normal schedule and race live (normal post time 1: 05 p.m.). It will offer simulcasts only Tuesday and Wednesday. Live racing will resume next Thursday.

Three Ring buried

Three Ring, the fast and gutsy 3-year-old filly, was buried Monday at the farm of her owner, Barry K. Schwartz, near Somers, N.Y. In the Belmont Park paddock Saturday before the Mother Goose Stakes, Three Ring reared, slipped, fell and fractured her skull in front of hundreds of trainers, owners and patrons.

Reraise, last year's Eclipse-Award winning sprinter, will miss the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash because of a tendon injury suffered last week during training at Hollywood Park. He will likely be sidelined the rest of the year.

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