Faithful readers know that we hinted there would be more stories from the world of steeplechasing – the tip coming plainly in our Christmas Day post – and the sixth most read story of the year is our recap of one of the game’s most interesting and historic races.
Senior Senator’s victory in the Maryland Hunt Cup – one where he became the youngest in 53 years – proved a “logic-defying triumph for raw ability,” according to Joe Clancy’s recap posted May 4 and a few days after the race.
Joe’s recap included the specifics, Senior Senator and jockey Eric Poretz winning by a half-length after 4 miles in 9:11. Guts For Garters, completing his fourth trip around the course for jockey Jody Petty, finished second and Drift Society with Connor Hankin aboard finished third. Serene Harbor checked in 18 lengths back in fourth, just ahead of Imperial Way.
Eight horses failed to complete the 22-fence course, but there were no injuries to horses or jockeys.
The recap also included some insight from Senior Senator’s 20-year-old rider who gallops for flat trainer Tim Keefe at Laurel Park.
“It’s the most amazing feeling, just a dream come true,” Poretz told Joe. “Coming into the last, he did something he’s never, ever done. Jody was a half-length in front and my horse bolted forward for the fence, got a good jump going home. Jody came back and got half-a-head in front again and my horse just went on again. He was great. He’s just an amazing horse.”
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