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The My Lady's Manor Steeplechase

APRIL 10, 2021

 

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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SPONSORSHIP OPPoRTUNITiES 

2021 INFORMATION COMING SOON

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!

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

 

Ticket information 

TICKETS ON SALE JAUARY 1

 

GENERAL / PREFERRED PARKING

Purchased in Advance:  $50 General / $70 Preferred 

Purchased at the Gate:  $60 General / $80 Preferred

 

 RACING $150

On course parking 

 

SUBSCRIBER $200

On course parking plus admissions for two to a Champagne Reception in honor of the 2021 Manor Race winner, immediately following the races. 

 

 

TAILGATE ON THE RAIL $325  

Reserved rail parking and Champagne Reception for two. 

 

 

WINNER'S CIRCLE PURPLE $400 

Reserved finish line back rail parking and Champagne Reception for two.  

 

 

WINNER'S CIRCLE GOLD $500 

Reserved finish line railside parking and Champagne Reception for two.  

 

 

WINNER'S CIRCLE SILVER $400 

Reserved finish line railside parking and Champagne Reception for two.

 

 

 

 

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)

 
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Contact Us

Questions? 

info@manorraces.com

443-595-6304

Trainer Neil Morris congratulates Zanclus