Steeplechase triple crown starts today with first leg

Defending champ Ironfist heads `Manor' field of 9

April 14, 2001|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Maryland steeplechasing season begins in earnest today with the 91st renewal of the $20,000 My Lady's Manor in Harford County.

Nine entrants are scheduled to contest the 3-mile race over timber fences in the first leg of Maryland's Triple Crown, which culminates with the prestigious Maryland Hunt Cup on April 28.

The races off Pocock Road in Monkton begin at 2:30 p.m. with gates opening at noon.

Among the favorites are defending Manor champion Ironfist, the National Steeplechasing Association titlist last season, defending Hunt Cup winner Swayo, the 1999 Manor champ Proud Dawg, and the consistent Floating Interest, who captured the Pennsylvania and Virginia Hunt cups a year ago.

Missing will be Tom Voss-trained Welter Weight, who took last week's Elkridge-Harford point-to-point feature on Voss' farm, and another Voss trainee, Sam Sullivan, who was second in the same race.

The course figures to be slightly soft after persistent rains this week, which does not bode well for a quick time.

The field

Horse.......................Jockey...................Trainer

Proud Dawg......... W. Meister............. W. Meister

Swayo.................... J. Gillet....................A. Stewart

Ironfist................... R. Horgan.............. T. Voss

Narrow River....... A. Robertson........ E. Robertson

Blacken Sword... D. Benson............. D. Benson

Aitcheson Lane... G. Brutscher........ E. Graham

Floating Interest... C. Fenwick III...... S. Neilson

Emerald Action...... W. Cushny......... J. Fisher

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