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Trainer Joe Davies and jockey Eric Poretz shared congratulations after Senior Senator won the 2016 Hunt Cup. (Douglas Lees photo)

Fresh from a win in the Grand National, Irvin L. “Skip” Crawford II’s Senior Senator will attempt a rare back-to-back victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup, the crowning finale to the Maryland timber triple crown.

Trained by Joseph G. Davies, Senior Senator won last year’s Hunt Cup in a hotly contested stretch battle after setting most of the pace in America’s best-known timber race.

He rated nicely in last Saturday’s Grand National, fired when asked by jockey Eric Poretz, and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Poretz, who rode the seven-year-old Domestic Dispute gelding to victory in last year’s Hunt Cup, again will be in the saddle.

Senior Senator will have 12 challengers, including several from the Grand National program on April 22, over the Hunt Cup’s 22 fences spread over four miles. Post time is 4 p.m. for the afternoon’s only race at the Glyndon course.

Kinross Farm’s Old Timer, an outsider in the Grand National, ran a strong race to finish second in the Grand National, second jewel of the Maryland timber triple. McLane Hendriks will ride Old Timer for two-time Hunt Cup-winning trainer Richard Valentine.

The steeplechase sport’s leading owner, Maryland native and resident Irv Naylor, will be represented by supplemental entry Super Saturday, who finished fourth in the Grand National, nine lengths behind the winner. Roger Quinlan for trainer Kathy Neilson.

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