Turney McKnight has been an owner, a trainer, an amateur jockey and more. He won the 1982 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Tong, a horse bred by his mother June. In 1978, McKnight became chairman of the My Lady's Manor Races in Monkton, Md. He was an ideal choice as someone who knew all aspects of the race, including four wins as a jockey aboard Keelboat (1974 and 1975), Matlow (1977) and the mighty Perfect Cast (1978). The latter was the first race at the Manor's current home on the grounds of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club in Monkton. The 107th Manor is Saturday and it will be McKnight's last as he retires from the chairman's post. In a conversation at WYPR radio (88.1) in Baltimore last week, McKnight reminisces about the early days, how he got into steeplechasing and where it all fits.
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