Fairly quiet weekend with just My Lady’s Manor offering four timber races for steeplechase enthusiasts. Just four races but strong fields line up, including timber champion Doc Cebu in the feature.
As for last week, well, we’re still warming up. Joe picked one winner (Change Maker), Sean nabbed one winner (Repeat Repeat) and Tom, well, Tom was dreaming of the Boilermaker as he was blanked. For the season, yawn, Joe and Sean are tied with four winners while Tom lags in third with two winners.
Race 1. My Lady’s Manor. Timber Stakes. $50,000. 3 miles.
Purse increase and amateur restriction on the big one, which suits Doc Cebu. Ridden again by amateur Haddon Frost, the champ took an easy spin around Green Spring Valley Point-to-Point earlier this spring and should be spot on for this. Trained by Jack Fisher, the 9-year-old son of Hard Spun has won four in a row and eight out of 10 over timber. Witor looks like a solid second choice after a good prep at Piedmont for Blair and Todd Wyatt. Course winner Lemony Bay returns for his first start since May, 2017.
- Joe: Doc Cebu, Witor, Grand Manan.
- Sean: Doc Cebu, Witor, Lemony Bay.
- Tom: Doc Cebu, Lemony Bay, Witor.
Race 2. The John Rush Streett Memorial. Maiden Timber. $20,000. 3 miles.
Hurdle stakes winner Schoodic makes his belated timber debut for Fisher and Frost. Jeffery G has an experience edge for Jason Cole. Satish and Lambeau Field make their timber debuts. Awesome Adrian placed twice over timber last year. Enuff Alex gets the call from the ever-crafty Mark Beecher.
- Joe: Enuff Alex, Schoodic, Lambeau Field.
- Sean: Enuff Alex, Schoodic, Awesome Adrian.
- Tom: Schoodic, Enuff Alex, Lambeau Field.
Race 3. The Thomas H. Voss. Maiden Timber. $20,000. 3 miles.
Nice to see a race named after a legend. Some Response was impressive at Elkridge-Harford. Colt Lightning has shown promise in both point-to-point starts. Political Theatre has knocked on the door before. Irish-bred Jack Slade finished second for red-hot Kathy Neilson at Cheshire Point-to-Point.
- Joe: Some Response, Colt Lightning, Political Theatre.
- Sean: Some Response, Colt Lightning, Renegade River.
- Tom: Political Theatre, Colt Lightning, Rollforward.
Race 4. The John D. Schapiro Memorial. Amateur/apprentice timber. $10,000. 3 miles.
What happened to the conditions of this race? It used to carry allowance conditions, now, it’s wide open, allowing the likes of Pennsylvania Hunt Cup winner to tower above this field. Eric Poretz, rider of Stand Down, should graduate from this division as he’s one win away from becoming a journeyman.
- Joe: Stand Down, Carrickboy, Prime Prospector.
- Sean: Stand Down, Prime Prospector, Handsome Hoyt.
- Tom: Stand Down, Carrickboy, Handsome Hoyt.