And then there were two. We’re down to the final pair of most popular stories according to you, our valuable readers, here at This Is Horse Racing. Any guesses what they’ll be? Certainly you’ve formulated an opinion following along for the better part of a week.
Our readers are fans of the big events; Saratoga, Iroquois, Triple Crown, Far Hills, Breeders’ Cup. You’re also fans of the Maryland Hunt Cup, North America’s oldest and most traditional steeplechase race.
The 2018 edition held true to form and attracted plenty of interest and Senior Senator’s victory comes in as the second most popular story of 2018. Joe’s story “Senior Senator captures second Md. Hunt Cup,” beat out all the others on the countdown to date and captured the gelding’s historic victory that put him “on the verge of history.”
“Senior Senator, an 8-year-old Domestic Dispute gelding whose flat career ended after seven fruitless tries, leapt out of that fog Saturday morning to win the storied Hunt Cup for the second time in three years Saturday afternoon,” Joe wrote. “Jockey Eric Poretz put the Pennsylvania-bred on the lead and together they stayed there through 4 miles, 22 fences and 9:20 2/5. Joshua G challenged the winner over the final three fences, but finished 5 lengths back in second while Drift Society was a distant third. They were the race’s only finishers from nine starters as Sovereign Fund fell at the 20th, Derwins Prospector fell at the 18th, Prime Prospector lost his rider at the 14th, Gas Can Eddie fell at the 12th, Old Timer fell at the third and Wildcatter was pulled up late as the Hunt Cup course had its say once again.”
The story went on to tell how Senior Senator could be in line for an even more historic achievement should he become a three-time winner of the storied race. The Maryland Hunt Cup has produced eight three-time winners in its 122-year history and “if he repeats his 2018 effort for owner Skip Crawford and trainer Joe Davies, history is within reach,” Joe wrote.
The story ran April 29 and is No. 2 on the TIHR Top 10 for 2018.
Check out the rest of the TIHR Top 10 for 2018:
No. 9: Three weeks…
No. 7: Newspapers, tragedy, life
No. 6: Far From Ordinary
No. 3: Friends lost in 2018
Check back Monday for No. 1.