Peter Hitchen, a longtime steeplechase owner who served as the treasurer of the Maryland Steeplechase Association, died Monday, Jan. 12. Master of the Potomac Hunt, he was 76.
His Scandalizer won a maiden claiming hurdle at the 2009 Virginia Fall Races and was fourth in a Foxfield Spring allowance hurdle the following year.
Friends said he had suffered a rib injury while hunting in November, and he subsequently developed pneumonia that resulted in hospitalizations. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be posted on the Maryland Steeplechase Association’s Facebook page, Maryland Steeplechase Association.