The 102nd My Lady’s Manor meet kicks off Maryland’s classic timber-racing series on Saturday, April 14, and the featured $30,000 My Lady’s Manor attracted a bulging field of 14 entries, including the past two timber champions and the two immediate past winners. First post time for the three-race program in Monkton will be 1:30 p.m.
All three races attracted packed fields. The $10,000 John Rush Streett amateur maiden timber had 19 entries, with 13 remaining after early scratches, and the $7,500 John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur apprentice timber race had a prospective field of 12.
Topping the My Lady’s Manor field will be Merriefield Farm’s Bon Caddo, winner of last year’s three-mile My Lady’s Manor and 2011 champion timber horse. After winning the My Lady’s Manor, the Bon Point gelding won the Virginia Gold Cup in May and finished second in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in November. Trained by Dawn Williams, Bon Caddo will be ridden by Christopher Read.
Never to be ignored is three-time champion Bubble Economy, who missed the 2011 racing season after securing the 2010 timber title with consecutive victories in the Virginia Gold Cup and the Mason Houghland Memorial at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville. He also finished second in the 2010 My Lady’s Manor. Owned by Arcadia Stable and trained by Jack Fisher, Bubble Economy will be ridden by Willie Dowling.
Returning for a shot at a second My Lady’s Manor trophy is South Monarch, owned by the Morning Star Stables of trainer Sanna Hendriks. The Conquistador Cielo gelding won the 2010 My Lady’s Manor winner after finishing second in 2009. Last year, South Monarch won the Willowdale Steeplechase over timber in Pennsylvania.
Robert A. Kinsley’s Incomplete will seek to improve on a successful 2011 season in which he won the International Gold Cup and finished second in the Grand National and New Jersey Hunt Cup. Joey Elliott has the mount for trainer Ann D. Stewart.
Also among the entries is Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Professor Maxwell, winner of last fall’s Genesee Valley Hunt Cup in Geneseo, N.Y. Trainer Richard Valentine named Darren Nagle to ride.