Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society, second by less than a length in last year’s Maryland Hunt Cup, will line up against a strong field for Saturday’s $30,000 My Lady’s Manor, the first leg of the Maryland timber triple crown.
The three-mile race kicks off a four-race My Lady’s Manor program in Monkton. First post time is 1:30 p.m. The $50,000 Grand National, the second leg of the Maryland triple, is April 21, and the Hunt Cup is a week later, on April 28.
Trained by Jack Fisher, Drift Society will be ridden by Hadden Frost, who was aboard him for a second-place finish in last year’s My Lady’s Manor and the Hunt Cup. The 10-year-old Irish-bred will be attempting to break out of a pattern of second-place finishes. He also was the runner-up in his final two starts of 2016.
Upland Partners’ Mystic Strike, now trained and ridden by Mark Beecher, is unbeaten in his three starts over fences. In his most recent start, last May’s Radnor Hunt Cup, he finished a nose behind Ebanour but was moved into the winner’s enclosure for interference.
The two horses who figured in a 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup disqualification also will line up for this year’s My Lady’s Manor. Armata Stables’ Wildcatter finished second that year but was moved into the top spot when first-finisher Straight to It was disqualified for interfering with Wildcatter.
Trained by Elizabeth Voss, Wildcatter finished third in last year’s Radnor Hunt Cup. Major Harry Wallace will ride him in the My Lady’s Manor.
Sheila Williams’ and Northwoods Stable’s Straight to It came back to win the 2016 Radnor Hunt Cup, the 12-year-old veteran’s most recent victory. Willie McCarthy will ride for Fisher.
Trainer Stephanie Dowling will saddle Where’s the Beef, Welcome Here Farm’s 2017 New Jersey Hunt Cup winner who subsequently finished third in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Chris Gracie has the mount.
Darren Nagle, the reigning champion jockey, will be aboard Sara E. Collette’s homebred Zanclus for trainer Neil Morris. The eight-year-old Virginia-bred will be making his first start since a second at the Steeplechase at Callaway in November 2016.
Here is the field in post-position order for the 108th sanctioned running of the My Lady’s Manor.
Zanclus. 2010 ch.g., Xenodon—Jordani, by Two Smart. Owner: Sara E. Collette. Trainer: Neil Morris. Breeder: Jockey: Darren Nagle. Sara E. Collette (Va.). 2017 record: No starts. 2016 record: 5-2-3-0, $56,500. Won a 2016 International Gold Cup timber allowance by 15 lengths and then was second in a similar race at the Steeplechase at Callaway. Scored maiden win at Foxfield Spring by more than 35 lengths that year. Never worse than second over timber before missing 2017 season.
Mystic Strike. 2009 b. h., Smart Strike—Mystic Rhythms, by Citidancer. Owner: Upland Partners. Trainer: Mark Beecher. Jockey: Mark Beecher. Breeder: Peter Vegso Racing (Fla.). 2017 record: 2-2-0-0, $27,000. 2016 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. Barely beaten and then placed first in 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup. Won 2017 debut in Grand National’s Western Run Plate. In only 2016 start and first run over fences, won a Winterthur allowance timber race.
Drift Society (Ire). 2008 b. g., Jackson’s Drift—Tansey Yearwood (Ire), by Moscow Society. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Hadden Frost. Breeder: Eleanor Bennett (Ire). 2017 record: 2-0-3-0, $23,400. 2016 record: 3-1-1-1, $23,500. Finished second by three-quarters of a length in 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup after stirring stretch fight. Finished second in 2017 My Lady’s Manor. Finished second in 2016 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Won 2016 John D. Schapiro amateur apprentice allowance at My Lady’s Manor, then finished good third in Maryland Hunt Cup.
Wildcatter. 2008 dk. b. or br. g., Tale of the Cat—Cita My Dear, by Kris S. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Major Harry Wallace. Breeder: Ramona S. Bass (Ky.) 2017 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,000. 2016 record: No starts. 2015 record: 3-1-0-0, $18,000. Finished third in the 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup after falling in Grand National. Finished second and placed first in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup.
Where’s the Beef. 2008 gr. or ro. g., Rockport Harbor—Clair de Lune, by Regal Classic. Owner: Welcome Here Farm. Trainer: Stephanie Dowling. Jockey: Chris Gracie. Breeder: Broodmares Anonymous Partners (Ky.). 2017 record: 5-2-1-1, $45,950. Won 2017 New Jersey Hunt Cup after maiden win at Shawan Downs, then finished third in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Finished fourth in the 2015 Carolina Cup and missed the 2016 season.
Straight to It. 2006 ch. g., Giant’s Causeway—Helsinka (Fr), by Pennekamp. Owners: Sheila J. Williams and Northwoods Stable. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Willie McCarthy. Breeder: Thierry Grandsir (Ky.). 2017 record: 3-0-0-1, $7,250. 2016 record: 4-1-1-1, $30,900. 2015 record: 4-1-1-1, $36,600. Began 2017 campaign with fourth in Shawan’s Legacy Chase, then was third in Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library and Museum Cup and fourth in New Jersey Hunt Cup. Won 2016 Radnor Hunt Cup after fourth in Virginia Gold Cup, then was third in Shawan’s Legacy Chase. Won Virginia Fall’s 2015 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup by seven lengths. Disqualified from victory in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup. Won the 2012 New Jersey Hunt Cup at Far Hills.
Witor (Ger). 2008 b. g., Dashing Blade—Wurfspeil, by Lomitas (GB). Owner: Blair Wyatt. Trainer: Todd Wyatt. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: Gestut Farhof (Ger). 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $10,250. 2016 record: No starts. Scored maiden timber victory at 2017 Willowdale meet and then was fourth in a Fair Hill timber novice.