Merrifield Farm’s Bon Caddo, who used the 2011 My Lady’s Manor as a springboard to the year’s timber championship, is among 11 nominees to this year’s edition of the storied timber race that kicks off Maryland’s timber triple. First post time is 1:30 p.m. for the three-race program in Monkton, Md., on Saturday, April 13.
Bon Caddo finished third in last year’s My Lady’s Manor before taking third in the Maryland Hunt Cup, the final race of the historic series. Between them on succeeding weekends in April is the Grand National at Butler. In 2011, Bon Caddo won the three-mile My Lady’s Manor before an easy victory in the Virginia Gold Cup.
The 12-year-old Bon Point gelding is trained by Bruce Fenwick, who also nominated Merrifield’s Foyle, winner of a maiden timber race at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup last November.
The My Lady’s Manor nominees contain several talented newcomers to timber race. Straight to It, owned by Sheila Williams and Andre Brewster, went straight to it last fall, winning a maiden race at Shawan Downs and then scoring in the New Jersey Hunt Cup for Jack Fisher, the 2012 champion trainer.
Also nominated to the My Lady’s Manor from the New Jersey Hunt Cup was second finisher Moonsox, owned by Bulle Rock Stables and trained by Kevin Boniface. Moonsox subsequently fell in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
Michael T. Wharton’s Grinding Speed won his timber maiden race at the Winterthur Point-to-Point in Delaware in May and then scored a resounding victory in the $50,000 International Gold Cup in Virginia on Oct. 20. Maryland-based Alicia Murphy trains Grinding Speed.
Trainer Neil Morris nominated Kinross Farm’s Sand Box Rules and Mary Motion’s Woodmont. Sand Box Rules and Woodmont finished second and third, respectively, in last year’s Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. At the 2012 My Lady’s Manor, Woodmont won the John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur time race.
The nominees to $30,000 My Lady’s Manor are:
Bon Caddo. 2001 b. g., Bon Point (GB)–Tactical Info, by Tactical Advantage. Owner: Merriefield Farm. Trainer: Bruce Fenwick. 2012 record: 2-0-0-2, $10,500. 2011 record: 5-2-1-0, $73,500. Timber champion of 2011 finished third in the 2012 My Lady’s Manor and then was third in the Maryland Hunt Cup. Front-running winner of the My Lady’s Manor in first 2011 start, then won Virginia Gold Cup.
East Coker. 2001 gr. or ro. g., Sandpit (Brz)—Cozzenette, by Cozzene. Owner: Gum Tree Stables. Trainer: Larry Ensor. 2012 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. Maiden over timber was pulled up in his only 2012 start, a key maiden race at Shawan Downs in Maryland on Sept. 29.
Eye Said Scat Cat. 2004 dk. b. or br. g., Adcat–Apple of My Eye, by State Dinner. Owner: Northwood Stable. Trainer: Lilli E. Kurtinecz. 2012 record: 6-1-1-1, $8,200. 2011 record: No starts. Won a Willowdale timber allowance by six lengths a week after finishing second in a similar timber allowance at the Winterthur Point-to-Point on May 6. Missed 2011 campaign after winning the 2010 Springdale timber allowance at the Colonial Cup in Camden, S.C.
Foyle. 2005 dk. b. or br. g., Yarrow Brae–Londonderry, by Perfecting. Owner: Merriefield Farm. Trainer: Bruce Fenwick. 2012 record: 3-1-1-1, $10,300. 2011 record: No starts. Started his timber career last fall and won maiden victory at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in November. Maiden on flat last raced at Laurel Park in February 2008.
Grinding Speed. 2006 gr. or ro. g., Grindstone—Cozelia, by Cozzene. Owner: Michael T. Wharton. Trainer: Alicia Murphy. 2012 record: 5-2-3-0, $25,350. 2011 record: 6-3-3-0, $55,350. Had a strong season with victory in the International Gold Cup in Virginia on Oct. 20 after a good second in the National Sporting Library Chronicle Cup at Virginia Fall on Oct. 6. Won maiden timber race at Winterthur and then scored in novice timber race at Fair Hill, Md. on May 26.
Moonsox. 2006 ch. g., Mojave Moon–Sister Sox, by Deputy Minister. Owner: Bulle Rock Stables. Trainer: Kevin Boniface. 2012 record: 4-0-1-0, $10,350. 2011 record: 4-1-1-2, $17,937. Finished second in the New Jersey Hunt Cup on Oct. 20 before a fall in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup on Nov. 4. Finished sixth in Shawan Downs’ Legacy Chase on Sept. 29 after sixth in the My Lady’s Manor on April 14. Never out of money in his four timber starts in 2011.
Sand Box Rules. 2004 dk. b. or br. g., Outofthebox—Lady Ensign, by Miner’s Mark. Owner: Kinross Farm. Trainer: Neil Morris. 2012 record: 5-0-1-1, $9,450. 2011 record: No starts. Closed out 2012 season with a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after being placed third in the Steeplethon at the International Gold Cup meet.
Straight to It. 2006 ch. g., Giant’s Causeway—Helsinka (Fr), by Pennekamp. Owners: Sheila J. Williams and Andre Brewster. Trainer: Jack Fisher. 2012 record: 3-2-0-1, $39,500. 2011 record: 7-1-1-0, $31,500. Made successful transition to timber and won the New Jersey Hunt Cup at Far Hills on Oct. 20. Won maiden victory over timber at Shawan Downs on Sept. 29. In only other 2012 start, finished third in Bright Hour, an amateur starter hurdle, at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 12.
Woodmont. 2000 dk. b. or br. g., Dumaani—Crystal Woods, by Woodman. Owner: Mary Motion. Trainer: Neil Morris. 2012 record: 4-1-0-1, $8,625. 2011 record: 3-0-0-1, $2,700. Started year with 7 3/4-length victory in John D. Schapiro Memorial amateur timber at My Lady’s Manor on April 14 and finished the year with third-place finishes in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup and the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup.
Yin Yang. 2002 ch. g., Not for Love–Say It’s Cold, by Oh Say. Owner: NoGo Stable. Trainer: William Meister. 2012 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2011 record: 2-1-0-0, $6,000. Pulled up in his only 2012 start, the Virginia Gold Cup. Won 2011 John Rush Streett maiden timber at My Lady’s Manor, then was pulled up in the Mason Houghland Memorial at Iroquois in Nashville.