Caves Farm’s Nat Grew opened a gaping early lead in the $30,000 My Lady’s Manor on Saturday, April 12, and cruised to a 10 1/2-length victory in the opening contest of Maryland’s storied timber triple crown. With Jody Petty in the saddle for trainer Edward Graham, the 10-year-old Broken Vow gelding ran the three miles of the My Lady’s Manor in 6:13 1/5 on the Monkton course.
Kinross Farm’s Old Timer finished second, three-quarters of a length clear of Michael T. Wharton’s Grinding Speed, who had fallen in last year’s My Lady’s Manor before winning the Virginia Gold Cup. Arcadia Farm’s Straight to It, second on the timber earnings table last year, finished fourth in his 2014 debut.
Against an experienced field, Nat Grew was regarded as a longshot in the My Lady’s Manor, but he was able to sustain his early speed–at one point he was more than 30 lengths clear of his seven opponents–and came home strongly for an impressive victory. He and Petty employed the same tactics to win a maiden timber race by 16 1/2 lengths at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in November. His previous start, in a Shawan Downs timber maiden, marked both his timber debut and his return to the races after an absence of almost four years.