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The My Lady's Manor Steeplechase

APRIL 10, 2021

 

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HISTORY

The opening of the Maryland sanctioned timber racing season, usually the second Saturday in April, signifies the true start of spring to many Marylanders; much more so than the weather or the almanac. For the next three Saturdays, thousands of asphalt-bound city denizens will walk on grass for the first time since last fall as they join their country cousins to follow the colors of the amateur jockeys flying over timber fences in three or four-mile races that are true tests of man and horse.

Steeplechase races over timber, as a Maryland tradition, are not as venerable as fox hunting, which goes back to Colonial days, but the records go back nonetheless some 100-plus years. And few sports can boast the tradition of family participation which characterize these races, perhaps the My Lady's Manor most of all.

The race began in 1902 as a sporting way of deciding who among a group of young men on the Manor had the fastest and best jumper. Harry T. Pearce, John Rush Streett, J.M. Pearce, Charles M. Pearce and Walter Hutchins were the originators. In the years since, the descendants of some of these men, plus a lengthening list of other families - Bosley, Bonsal, Brewster, Cocks, Fisher, Griswold, Fenwick, Janney, Voss - have supplied two or more generations participating in these races as either riders, owners or trainers.

 

There have been many changes over the years, but the attraction of the spring countryside remains. The beauty of the race in the distance, the thrill of being within yards of thousands of pounds of man and beast pounding down the homestretch. As a long ago newspaperman wrote, "Today you have fine horses and courageous riders fighting it out over a fair line of countryside, for all to watch and enjoy. How better to spend an afternoon of early spring?" How better indeed. And the city dwellers will continue to walk on grass at the races each spring as long as the descendants of these early horsemen continue to race.

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2021 INFORMATION COMING SOON

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Finish Line Tent Packages

Come out and enjoy the races with clients or even a large group of friends! We have corporate packages available which include advertising for your business. All tent packages come with parking and passes to the champagne reception for your guests. 

THESE SELL OUT FAST SO RESERVE YOURS TODAY!

UNAVAILABLE 2021

Please contact info@manorraces.com for more information 
Witor (L) and Class Indian (R)
Trainer Neil Morris congratulates Zanclus
2018 Manor Race winning owners
Stages Music Arts
Hadden Frost and Michael Finney
Lead Line Race
Team Political Theatre
Chaflin Family
Ann Jackson and Dorian Filbert
Win Lewis in the Leadline Races
Shinobi
Class Indian (3), Ray de Light (2), Stand Down (7)
Eddie Keating and Willie McCarthy
Jockey Eric Poretz and Trainer Todd Wyatt
Lead Line Race Jockey's
Jockey's Darren Nagle, Hadden Frost and Mark Beecher
2017 John Rush Street Winner Formidable Heart
2018 John Rush Strett Memorial Winner Shinobi (GER)
Jay Young, Michael Finney and Ross Pearce
Mayo Family Band
Hilde Schirmer and Carter Wornom
2018 Manor Race Winner, Zanclus
Elizabeth McKnight and Granddaughter
Satish and Schoodic, 2019 John Rush Street Memorial
2019 John D. Schapiro Memorial Winner, Prime Prospector
Gerry Brewster
109th Running of the My Lady's Manor
Team Mystic Strike
Grand Manan
Dom Boccia, Parker Pearce and Ross Pearce
View from the finish
Our Town, 2019 John Rush Street Memorial
2019 Manor Racer winning trainer, Todd McKenna and Jockey, Mark Beecher
2019 Thomas H. Voss Memorial winner, Political Theatre
Willie McCarthy, Todd and Blair Wyatt and Michael Finney
Our Town and Schoodic
Steeplechase Greats
(L to R) Hadden Frost, Willie McCarthy and Jack Fisher
Renegade River
2019 Lead Line Race Winner
Posey Obrecht and Hadden Frost
Witor with Collin Smith
Jeffrey G
 

RACE DAY information 

WITH THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE WILL ONLY BE OFFERING RESERVED PARKING SPACES. THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL, PREFERRED, SUBSCRIBER OR RACING PARKING AT THIS TIME. oNLY TICKET HOLDERS FROM 2019/2020 WILL BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO PURCHASE THEIR SPACES UNTIL MARCH 15TH. aFTER THIS DATE, ALL UNRENEWED SPACES WILL BECOME AVILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASis. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MANORRACES.COM   

 

*NO WALK-INS ARE PERMITTED. aLL GUESTS MUST ARRIVE IN A CAR WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS.

**NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN ON PARKING PASSES, EVEN IF THE RACE IS RUN WITHOUT SPECTATORS**

By attending the 2021 My Lady’s Manor Race, you expressly agree to release and hold harmless the property owner, race committee, race sponsors, event sponsors and any and all individuals and entities involved in the My Lady’s Manor races, from and against claims, liability, injury or death resulting from your attendance at the My Lady’s Manor races. All attendees assume all risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

 

 TAILGATE ON THE RAIL $325  

Reserved Rail Parking 

 

 VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF PASSES LEFT. WILL BE FOR SALE UNTIL 4/5

GATES OPEN 10 AM  |  FIRST RACE 1:30 PM

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IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY TO HORSES AND PEOPLE, THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RACECOURSE:

MOUNTED SPECTATORS

UNLEASHED DOGS

GATORS AND GOLF CARTS (OTHER THAN THOSE IN OFFICIAL USE)

DIRT BIKES

BUSES/LARGE VANS

DRONES (OTHER THAN THOSE IN OFFICIAL USE)