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By Kent Baker, For The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2013
Home cooking, indeed. Just a few miles northeast of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase course sits Bonita Farm, the long-running operation by the Boniface family that produced the last Maryland-based winner of the Preakness, Deputed Testamony. Saturday, those same connections motored down Route 1 to capture the 103rd edition of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase with Moonsox, a 7-year-old chestnut gelding whose grandsire was, coincidentally, Deputed Testamony Jockey Amelia McGuirk scored big in her first sanctioned race with an impressive stretch run that left five rivals convincingly beaten.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
A year ago, Joe Aitcheson, Jr. sat in his room at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, surrounded by racing mementos, and pondered a reporter's question: How could a jockey who's broken nearly every bone in his body have the gumption to win a record 440 timber races? "I've got a lot of nerve," he said. "And I thank the Lord for that. " Aitcheson, the most successful steeplechase rider in history, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at the Carroll Hospice in Westminster.
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By Kayla Bawroski, The Aegis | April 14, 2012
Incomplete, ridden by Joey Elliott, won his second My Lady's Manor timber race Saturday as the first race in the Maryland Triple Crown of steeplechase drew thousands to Monkton. Owned by Robert A. Kinsley and trained locally by Ann D. Stewart, the 11-year-old bred by Press Card, also prevailed at My Lady's Manor in 2009. He finished the three-mile course in 5:58. and held off three-time timber champion Bubble Economy, the runnerup. Bon Caddo, winner at My Lady's last year, took third.
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By Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group and By Nelson Coffin, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 25, 2014
There are several reasons that, according to at least one assessment, 2013 timber champion Foyle has been installed as the favorite heading into the 118th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup on Saturday in Glyndon. Gates open at 11 a.m. for a 4 pm. post time for the $75,000 steeplechase race, which will run on what is generally regarded as one of the most daunting courses in the sport. For one thing, Foyle will have a new mount. Highly regarded British amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen replaces James Slater, who guided the Merriefield Farm 9-year-old to a photo finish in the $30,000 Grand National last weekend in Butler, losing by a nose to Spencer Road.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Sun Staff Writer | April 14, 1995
With yellow blooms of forsythias brushing spring's first color across its lawns, Ladew Topiary Gardens is preparing for tomorrow's 85th running of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase races.Workers at Ladew, which opens to the public Sunday, were busy yesterday preparing a champagne reception it will hold after the My Lady's Manor races. Proceeds from the races are used to maintain the famed gardens. Organizers of the steeplechase are preparing for as many as 5,000 spectators tomorrow. Two 3-mile long horse races over timber fences are featured.
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By Ross Peddicord | April 13, 1991
Blythe Miller could be called the Julie Krone of steeplechasing.The 22-year-old college student, who ranks among the nation's top jump jockeys, will try for a repeat victory today at the My Lady's Manor Point-To-Point in Monkton.Miller will ride Cabral, a 10-year-old Chilean-bred gelding. They won the maiden timber race, the John Rush Streett Memorial, in 1989 in their only other Manor appearance.Cabral is returning after missing last year's timber season because of an 18-month absence caused by a leg injury.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 23, 2003
The $100,000 Joe Aitcheson Stakes, the second leg of the Steeplechase Triple Crown, has been canceled for 2003 because of the impact of weather at Pimlico Race Course and the scheduling involved in the three-race series. Originally scheduled for May 16, the Grade I steeplechase was postponed the morning of the race when 3 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours at Pimlico. The race had attracted a full field of 12 and was in Pimlico's program for that day, which included the Grade I Pimlico Special and Black-Eyed Susan stakes.
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April 7, 1991
A record crowd of nearly 2,000 yesterday attended th Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point, the first leg of the American Timber Season, culminating with the Maryland Hunt Cup on April 27. The featured Edward Voss three-mile timber steeplechase was won by John Fisher's Revelstoke, ridden by Jack Fisher in a time of 6 minutes, 2/5 seconds, over Joe's OK and Capital K. The winner came from five lengths off the pace and is expected make his next start in two weeks...
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
Michael F. Wettach, a Maryland steeplechase rider who formerly owned the Admiral's Cup restaurant in Fells Point, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 66 and lived in Monkton.Mr. Wettach was the grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, founder of New York's Guggenheim Museum, and great-nephew of financier Benjamin Guggenheim, who perished on the Titanic. Mr. Wettach had served continuously as a Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation trustee since 1957.Mr. Wettach came from a family of equestrians.
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By Kent Baker | May 27, 2002
FAIR HILL - The winner of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, Quel Senor, tops a field of six scheduled to jump in the $30,000 Miles Valentine Memorial Stakes, the headliner on a 10-race card at the Fair Hill Races today. Post time is 12:30 p.m. at the track at the intersection of Routes 213 and 273 west of Newark, Del., and north of Elkton. Eighty-nine horses are listed on the program, which offers the only American steeplechase meeting with pari-mutuel betting. Normally, about $200,000 is wagered at the picturesque track, which races just once yearly.
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By Nelson Coffin and For The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
The three owners of Spencer Road stood calmly together Saturday, discussing the outcome of the 112th Grand National Steeplechase in Butler on a mild and sunny afternoon after their horse was involved in a photo finish. The wait to determine that Spencer Road had, indeed, prevailed was long, but owners Gerry L. Brewster, Eleanor Russell and Joseph Tydings maintained their composure until the good news reached them. They smiled and hugged one another as they made their way to receive the coveted Grand National Challenge Cup with jockey Eric Poretz.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Thomas Horne Voss, a nationally known thoroughbred trainer and a lifelong Maryland horseman, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday at his Monkton home. He was 63. Mr. Voss trained his horses at Atlanta Hall, a 1,200-acre farm in Monkton, where he developed a state-of-the-art thoroughbred racing training center for both flat runners and jumpers. "He was extremely intuitive when it came to understanding the psyche of horses and loved them with all of his heart and soul," said Ross Peddicord, executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 23, 2014
Thomas Voss, a top trainer of steeplechase and flat race horses, died suddenly at his Monkton farm on Tuesday. His family confirmed the death of Mr. Voss, who was 63. The cause was an apparent heart attack. "This is a great loss. We are all just stunned," said Maryanna Skowronski, a longtime friend of the Voss family, who is director of the Historical Society of Harford County. Though Mr. Voss trained both flat and steeplechase runners, his greatest success was with the latter.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Baltimore County police are warning residents about several road closures expected for the Maryland Hunt Cup Steeplechase on Saturday. Beginning at 2 p.m., eastbound traffic will be diverted from Tufton Avenue onto southbound Dover Road. The following roads will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to police: Worthington Avenue and Tufton Avenue; Belmont Avenue and Butler Road; Mantua Mill Road and Geist Road; Tufton Avenue and Falls Road; Dover Road and Tufton Ridge Road. Police say traffic is expected to return to normal by 6 p.m.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
To co-workers, he's known as The Racing Guy. His neckties have little horses on them, and James Stierhoff has a different one for each day of the week. The walls of his office cubicle at the investment firm Brown Advisory are peppered with news clippings of recent Maryland Hunt Cup races. Stierhoff has won it twice. Saturday, on the lush, rolling hills in Glyndon, he'll try to win a third Hunt Cup aboard the same horse - a feat last achieved in 1967, and only seven times in the 116-year history of the brutal four-mile steeplechase race.
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By Kent Baker, For The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
The day couldn't have turned out better for owner Irv Naylor. And it wasn't too shabby for jockey James Slater, either. With Slater in the saddle, Naylor's Alfa Beat captured the 111th running of the Grand National Steeplechase in Butler, adding a punctuation mark to a four-win performance at the Middleburg (Va.) Spring Races that shot Naylor into the national lead among owners in purses won. All four Naylor horses who prevailed in Virginia were trained by Slater's wife, Brianne.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 26, 1992
Heavily favored Newport Hero rallied from last place in a seven-horse field to win the $25,000 Miles Valentine Novice Steeplechase yesterday at Fair Hill Race Course.The 4-year-old gelding, ridden by Joe Walsh, caught his stablemate, Mort The Sport, at the 14th fence and then drew off after the 16th and final jump to beat him by four lengths. Both horses are trained by Hall of Fame steeplechase trainer W. Burling Cocks.Lexington Ball finished third. Happy Friar was a late scratch.Newport Hero is owned by Mrs. Miles Valentine, widow of the race's namesake, and ran the 2 3/8 miles in four minutes, 21 seconds.
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By Kat Ward | April 14, 2007
It's April, which means spring has sprung and warm weather and sunny days (we hope!) are on the horizon. Savor the outdoors this weekend with one of Maryland's venerable traditions: the steeplechase. Originally run on a course oriented to church steeples (how it derived its name), the steeplechase now refers to a distance race for horses and riders, who have to navigate terrain that includes fences and ditches. Today's race is the 97th running of the My Lady's Manor, with jockeys and horses competing for a $30,000 purse.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
"Gone Ridin' " reads the sign on Joe Aitcheson's door, beneath a wooden silhouette of a horse's head. "Be Back. Maybe. " It's an apt howdy-do from Aitcheson, 84, the winngingest steeplechase rider of all time. A member of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, he lives in a retirement community in Westminster, surrounded by keepsakes of a 21-year pro career in which he won a record 440 timber races and a record seven North American championships between 1961 and 1970. If they tallied the number of bones broken by jockeys, Aitcheson would likely hold that record, too. His knack of bouncing back from falls is legend.
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By Kent Baker, For The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2013
Home cooking, indeed. Just a few miles northeast of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase course sits Bonita Farm, the long-running operation by the Boniface family that produced the last Maryland-based winner of the Preakness, Deputed Testamony. Saturday, those same connections motored down Route 1 to capture the 103rd edition of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase with Moonsox, a 7-year-old chestnut gelding whose grandsire was, coincidentally, Deputed Testamony Jockey Amelia McGuirk scored big in her first sanctioned race with an impressive stretch run that left five rivals convincingly beaten.
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