Doc Cebu begins his pursuit of a third consecutive National Steeplechase Association timber championship on Saturday when he heads a field of seven for the 109th sanctioned running of the My Lady’s Manor, the first jewel in the Maryland timber triple crown.My Lady’s Manor will have three important changes for this year. The purse for the meet’s signature race has been increased by two-thirds, to $50,000, and all four My Lady’s Manor races will be limited to amateur jockeys. In addition, the second division of the maiden timber race has been named in memory of Racing Hall of Fame trainer Tom Voss.First post time will be 1:30 p.m. at the Monkton course.Owned by Charles Fenwick Jr., Michael Hankin, and Charles Noell, Doc Cebu locked up his second title with his second straight win in the International Gold Cup in October. After a third-place finish in the 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, he reeled off four consecutive wins, all by open lengths.Fenwick and trainer Jack Fisher first tested Doc Cebu over timber in a division of the John Rush Streett Memorial maiden race at the My Lady’s Manor in 2017, and he won by 4½ lengths.In his timber career, the nine-year-old Hard Spun gelding has eight wins, a second, and a third in 10 starts. Hadden Frost, who has ridden Doc Cebu in all but one of his timber starts, will be in the saddle.While Doc Cebu will be a prohibitive favorite to claim the $30,000 first-place purse in the three-mile My Lady’s Manor, he will have worthy challengers. Fisher also will saddle Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay, winner of the 2017 My Lady’s Manor and second in that year’s Virginia Gold Cup. He is returning after missing the 2018 season and will be ridden by Brett Owings.Also in the field is Gerry L. Brewster’s Derwins Prospector, a supplemental entry who won the 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup. He fell in last year’s running of the Hunt Cup, which completes the Maryland Timber Triple Crown series. He is trained by Joseph Davies and will be ridden by Annie Yeager.
The Monday Report for April 8, reviewing The Cup Runneth Over, is available here.
Team Ollie’s Orchestra Leader returned to the winner’s circle Saturday after surging to a three-quarter-length victory in the $25,000 ratings handicap at the inaugural The Cup Runneth Over in Camden, S.C.
With Keri Brion in the saddle for trainer Jonathan Sheppard, the 10-year-old veteran secured his first victory in 18 months. Multiple winner of Foxfield Spring’s Daniel Van Clief Memorial, Orchestra Leader ran the 2 3/8-mile distance in 4:13 3/5 on turf rated as good.
Woodslane Farm’s Pick Em finished second under Willie McCarthy for trainer Jack Fisher, and Gil Johnston’s Ack Feisty finished third in a crowded field of 14.
The Cup Runneth Over, a meet sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association and the Carolina Cup Racing Association, drew large and competitive fields to Springdale Race Course. The meet was organized after the Georgia Steeplechase canceled its races, which were scheduled for Saturday, in mid-March.
Doc Cebu, the two-time champion timber horse, is among seven nominees to the $50,000 My Lady’s Manor, the first jewel in the Maryland timber triple crown, on Saturday, April 13.The three-mile My Lady’s Manor will be the featured race at the My Lady’s Manor course in Monkton. First post time will be 1:30 p.m.Owned by Charles Fenwick, Michael Hankin, and Charles Noell, Doc Cebu secured his second straight timber title last October with a second consecutive victory in the International Gold Cup in Virginia.A member of champion trainer Jack Fisher’s stable, the nine-year-old Hard Spun gelding was undefeated in his two starts over hurdles in 2016 before Fenwick converted him to timber. Doc Cebu won his first timber race, a division of the John Rush Streett Memorial, at My Lady’s Manor in April 2017.Doc Cebu went onto the Monkton course shortly after Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay won the My Lady’s Manor. Also trained by Fisher, Lemony Bay missed the 2018 season and is mounting a comeback for Bruton Street-US, the 2017 champion owner whose partners are Fenwick, Hankin, and Noell.Maryland-based trainer Willie Dowling nominated Wits End Farm’s Katnap, who was imported for the 2017 Grand National (Gr. 1), in which he finished sixth for trainer Joseph O’Brien. Dowling sent the French-bred into mixed-obstacle steeplethons last year, and he won his two starts at Virginia Fall and the International Gold Cup.
Saturday’s inaugural running of The Cup Runneth Over at historic Springdale Race Course drew capacity fields for each of the five races on the program.
First post time will be 1:30 p.m. for the second consecutive Saturday of racing at the Camden, S.C., course, after the gala Carolina Cup last week.
The Cup Runneth Over program is a joint effort of the National Steeplechase Association and the Carolina Cup Racing Association.
Three races on a varied and interesting card have also-eligible lists after National Steeplechase Association-licensed owners and trainers filled the entry box with a total of 65 entries.
“Our horsemen responded with great enthusiasm to The Cup Runneth Over races, and they have created very competitive races,” said NSA Director of Racing Bill Gallo Jr., who proposed the consecutive Springdale programs after the Georgia Steeplechase canceled its April 6 races on short notice.
“The NSA and I are grateful to Carolina Cup Executive Director John Cushman and the Carolina Cup staff for making possible this very important day of racing,” NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri said.