The two immediate past winners and a disqualified first finisher are among the 11 timber-racing veterans who will line up Saturday for the 122nd running of the storied Maryland Hunt Cup.
Post time is 4 p.m. for the only race on the program at the Glyndon course.
Maryland-based trainer Joseph G. Davies will saddle the two immediate past winners, Gerry L. Brewster’s Derwins Prospector and Irvin L. “Skip” Crawford’s Senior Senator. Derwins Prospector, last year’s winner, again will be ridden by French amateur jockey Gonzague Cottreau. They fell late in the running of the Grand National last Saturday.
Senior Senator, the 2016 Hunt Cup winner, scored his second consecutive victory in the Grand National, the second jewel of Maryland’s timber triple crown, and again will be a favorite to conquer the testing Glyndon course’s towering fences over four miles. He fell at the third fence of last year’s Hunt Cup. His regular jockey, Eric Poretz, will be in the saddle.
Derwins Prospector prevailed in last year’s Hunt Cup after a sustained stretch battle with Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society, who finished second by three-quarters of a length.
Champion timber trainer Jack Fisher named Hadden Frost to a return engagement on Drift Society, who opened 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the My Lady’s Manor, the kickoff race of the timber triple crown.
Merriefield Farm’s Imperial Way finished first in the 2015 Hunt Cup but was disqualified after weights fell out of his saddle pad in the second circuit of the course. Fifth in 2016, Imperial Way will be ridden by Bethany Baumgardner, who was in the saddle in 2015.
Imperial Way’s trainer, Elizabeth Voss, also will saddle Armata Stables’ Wildcatter, who was pulled up in the My Lady’s Manor. The 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup winner will be ridden by Maj. Harry Wallace, a top British amateur jockey and commanding officer of the King’s Troop, a ceremonial unit of the Royal Artillery.
Virginia-based trainer Richard Valentine, in pursuit of his third Hunt Cup victory, will saddle Kinross Farm’s Old Timer, who lost his rider late while leading last year’s Hunt Cup. McLane Hendriks will be aboard Old Timer, who finished fourth in the Grand National.
Also coming out of the Grand National are Armata’s Joshua G., who finished fifth, and sixth finisher Sovereign Fund, owned by Upland Partners and trained by Stephanie Dowling. Eddie Keating will be aboard Joshua G. for trainer Kathy Neilson, and Chris Gracie will ride Sovereign Fund.
Here is the field for the $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup in post-position order.
Imperial Way. 2005 ch. g., Point Given–Lasha, by Rahy. Owner: Merriefield Farm. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Bethany Baumgardner. Breeders: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Craig and Cathy Beam, et al. 2017 record: 1-0-0-0, $900. 2016 record: 2-0-0-0, $4,000. Finished sixth in 2017 Grand National. Finished fifth in 2016 Maryland Hunt Cup after seventh in Grand National. Disqualified from win in 2015 Maryland Hunt Cup after losing saddle weights late in race. Just missed by a nose in thrilling 2014 Maryland Hunt Cup finish.
Jeffery G. 2007 ch. g., Awad—Search for Reality, by Regal Search. Owner-trainer: Jason L. Cole. Jockey: Forrest Kelly. Breeder: Jason L. Cole (Pa.). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $00. 2017 record: No starts. 2016 record: 3-0-0-1, $2,550. Coming back after missing the 2017 season and finished fifth in a division of the John Rush Streett maiden timber at 2018 My Lady’s Manor. Maiden from eight career starts finished third in 2016 John Rush Streett division.
Sovereign Fund. 2006 dk. b. or br. g., Giant’s Causeway—Colonial Play, by Pleasant Colony. Owner: Upland Partners. Trainer: Stephanie Dowling. Jockey: Chris Gracie. Breeder: Robert S. Evans (Ky.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2017 record: No starts. 2016 record: No starts. 2015 record: 4-1-1-0, $18,250. In first start since 2015, finished sixth in 2018 Grand National. Finished fourth in 2015 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup for second straight year. Finished second in Willowdale Steeplechase after losing rider in Maryland Hunt Cup. Opened 2015 season with win in Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial timber allowance race.
Derwins Prospector. 2008 ch. g., Van Nistelrooy—Stringtown Sally, by Crafty Prospector. Owner: Gerry L. Brewster. Trainer: Joseph Davies. Jockey: Gonzague Cottreau. Breeders: Patricia Lagden and Devi Hall (Ky.). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $61,200. 2016 record: 4-0-1-1, $5,100. Fell late in the 2018 Grand National. Won the 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup by three-quarters of a length in a stirring stretch battle. Finished fifth in the 2017 Grand National. Finished sixth in 2016 Grand National, then lost rider in Maryland Hunt Cup.
Senior Senator. 2010 b. g., Domestic Dispute—Queen Kennelot, by Awesome Again. Owner: Irvin L. Crawford II. Trainer: Joseph Davies. Jockey: Eric Poretz. Breeder: Charles C. D. McGill (Pa.) 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. 2017 record: 2-1-0-0, $18,000. 2016 record: 2-1-0-0, $60,000. Won Grand National for second consecutive year to begin 2018 campaign. Fell at third fence of 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup. Won 2016 Maryland Hunt Cup after setting most of the pace. Finished first and disqualified to last for interference in 2016 Benjamin H. Murray Memorial amateur allowance timber at Grand National.
Wildcatter. 2008 dk. b. or br. g., Tale of the Cat—Cita My Dear, by Kris S. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Maj. Harry Wallace. Breeder: Ramona S. Bass (Ky.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2017 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,000. 2016 record: No starts. 2015 record: 3-1-0-0, $18,000. Pulled up in 2018 My Lady’s Manor. Finished third in the 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup after falling in Grand National. Finished second and placed first in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup.
Joshua G. 2006 ch. g., Run Softly—Search for Reality, by Regal Search. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Eddie Keating. Breeder: Jason L. Cole (Pa.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $1,050. 2016 record: 5-0-0-3, $8,000. Finished fifth in 2018 Grand National. Fell at sixth fence of 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup, then was last of six in Willowdale Steeplechase. Finished fourth in 2016 Grand National, then fell in Maryland Hunt Cup and finished third in Willowdale amateur allowance timber. Finished third in Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, then was third in Pennsylvania Hunt Cup allowance timber race. Finished fifth and placed fourth in Maryland Hunt Cup.
Gas Can Eddie. 2007 ch. g., Maria’s Mon—Donnan’s Holly, by Dixieland Band. Owner: Mrs. William D. Class Jr. Trainer: William Meister. Jockey: Bryan Cullinane. Breeder: Bohemia Stable (Md.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $450. Fell late in 2018 Grand National. Finished distant sixth in 2017 Willowdale maiden after bolting in division of John Rush Streett Memorial maiden timber race at 2017 My Lady’s Manor.
Old Timer. 2006 b. g., Orientate—Chatham Hall, by Green Dancer. Owner: Kinross Farm. Trainer: Richard L. Valentine. Jockey: McLane Hendriks. Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds (Ky.) 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,500. 2017 record: 2-0-1-0, $5,400. 2016 record: 4-0-1-2, $17,400. Finished fourth in 2018 Grand National. Was leading in 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup when he unseated his rider at second-to-last fence. Finished second in 2017 Grand National, beaten 1 1/2 lengths. Finished third in 2016 New Jersey Hunt Cup after second in Radnor Hunt Cup.
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). 2018 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,500. 2017 record: 2-0-3-0, $23,400. 2016 record: 3-1-1-1, $23,500. Finished fourth in 2018 My Lady’s Manor. 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.
Prime Prospector. 2008 b. g., Seeking the Gold—Remember Love, by A.P. Indy. Owners: Peter A. and Sarah M. Jay. Trainer: Todd Wyatt. Jockey: Brett Owings. Breeder: Woodford Thoroughbreds (Ky.) 2017 record: 3-1-0-0, $10,750. 2016 record: 5-0-0-1, $12,600. Won a Willowdale timber allowance after fourth-place finishes at My Lady’s Manor and Grand National. Finished third in 2016 International Gold Cup.