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Senior Senator wins Second Hunt Cup

On the last Saturday in April, nine horses lined up under starters orders at the 122nd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup. With Eric Poretz in the irons, Irvin L. Crawford II’s Senior Senator took an early lead and never gave it up to win his second Hunt Cup in three years. It was trainer Joe Davies’ third Hunt Cup win in a row with Senior Senator winning in 2016 and Derwins Prospector (owned by Gerry L. Brewster) winning in 2017. After getting stuck in traffic in 2017 and falling at the third fence, Poretz kept Senior Senator to...

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11 set to run in $100,000 Hunt Cup

The 122nd running of the Maryland Hunt Cup is set to take place this Saturday, April 28 in Glyndon with 11 entries looking to capture a portion of the $100,000 purse. The field is made up of a mix of Hunt Cup newbies and several horses that have been around the 4-mile timber course before. Previous winners looking to take home another victory are Gerry Brewster’s Derwins Prospector (2017) and Skip Crawford’s Senior Senator (2016). Both horses will be ridden by their Hunt Cup winning jockeys with Frenchman Gonzague back in the country for Derwins Prospector and Eric Poretz up on Senior Senator. Both horses are also trained by Hunt Cup winning trainer and rider Joe Davies. After some previous bad Hunt Cup luck, finishing second in a photo finish in 2014 and then being disqualified after loosing a weight pad in 2015, Bethany Baumgardner and Imperial Way are entered for Merriefield Farm and trainer Elizabeth Voss and have their eyes set on a win. Armata Stable’s Joshua G, who showed a commanding lead in 2015 to finish fourth behind the winner Raven’s Choice, has a new jockey this year with Eddie Keating. The twelve-year-old gelding is trained by Katherine Neilson. Armata Stable’s second entry on the card is Wildcatter, also trained by Elizabeth Voss and set to be ridden by Major Harry Wallace. This is both Keating and...

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Ebanour & Certain Swagger Lead MSA Open Timber Standings

With two races completed and horses set to run at The My Lady’s Manor and Fair Hill Point to Point this weekend, the Maryland Steeplechase Association Governor’s Cup Series standings are already shaping up in an exciting season. Irvin Naylor’s Ebanour (pictured above) and Jeremy Batoff’s Certain Swagger are currently leading the Open Timber standings with six points each. Ebanour won in the stretch of the Edward S. Voss Memorial Open Timber this past weekend at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Point to Point while Certain Swagger dueled it out to win the Green Spring Valley Hunt Cup Frank A. Bonsal...

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About the Cover: A Brewster Family Hunt Cup History

When Derwins Prospector crossed the finish line at last year’s 121st Maryland Hunt Cup ahead of Drift Society by a nose, owner Gerry Leiper Brewster celebrated his first Hunt Cup win. Although this was Gerry’s first personal victory in 16 attempts, the Brewster family has a long history of successes at the Maryland Hunt Cup, which began over a century before Derwins Prospectors win last year. Gerry was born and raised on Worthington Farms, where the Hunt Cup has been run since 1922. Gerry’s parents Senator and Mrs. Daniel Brewster owned the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, and...

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Steeplechase National Award Winners

First published in the February 2018 Equiery Maryland steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher topped both trainer standings (by races won and by money won) with the National Steeplechase Association again this year. This was his fifth consecutive title and 11th overall. Out of 117 starts in 2017, Fisher-trained horses won 25 times, finished second 27 times and third 15 times for total earnings of $1,321,150. This is nearly double the second place finisher Ricky Hendriks for races won (14) and is twice as much as Elizabeth Voss for money won ($514,950). Darren Nagle earned his first NSA jockey title with...

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Scorpiancer wins Eclipse Award

The 8-year-old Scorpiancer, owned by Maryland’s Bruton Street-US, has recently been crowned the 2017 Eclipse Award for Steeplechase Horse of the Year. With just two starts in 2017, the Irish-bred Scorpaincer won two of the most prestigious jump races in the U.S. On April 22 he won the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (G3) in Middleburg, SC and on May 13, the Calvin Houghland Iroquoise Steeplechase (G1) at Percy Warner Park, just outside of Nashville, TN. Bruton Street-US is a partnership between Mike Hankin, Charlie Noell and Charlie Fenwick, Jr. Trained by¬† Jack Fisher, who won both NSA trainer titles this year, Scorpaincer was ridden by Sean McDermott. Scorpaincer’s 2017 season was cut short by a tendon injury but plans for a fall 2018 campaign are already in the words. Fisher told the Daily Racing Forum in early January, “He’s out in a field. He should be back.” Scorpaincer has already earned $455,360 in his career, which began in Great Britain in...

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