Irvin L. Crawford II’s Senior Senator, disqualified from a victory only a week earlier, set almost all the pace in the $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup on Saturday and turned back Guts For Garters to win the 120th edition of America’s best-known timber-racing classic.
Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society finished third, Serene Harbor was fourth, and last year’s first finisher Imperial Way took fifth. Raven’s Choice, placed first last year after Imperial Way lost weights late on the course, fell at the 16th fence.
Trained in Maryland by Joe Davies and ridden by Eric Poretz, Senior Senator ran the Hunt Cup’s four miles in 9:11.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Charles McGill, Senior Senator had been disqualified from a runaway victory in the Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial after interfering with other runners in the amateur allowance timber race on April 23. Poretz placed him on the lead for the Hunt Cup, and the six-year-old Domestic Dispute gelding conquered its towering fences before turning back Stewart Strawbridge’s Guts For Garters, the 2014 Hunt Cup winner who finished second for the second straight year.