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Monday, April 13, 2009


Top timber horse Incomplete bided his time trailing the leaders for most of the 99th running of the My Lady's Manor steeplechase race Saturday in Monkton before finding another gear and running away from the rest of the 10-horse field to win by seven lengths.

Incomplete, an 8-year-old bay, is 3-for-3 in National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned races since beginning his career over timber two years ago.

"My horse has a great quarter-of-a-mile kick," said Incomplete jockey Charlie Fenwick III, "and he has enough tactical speed to put him wherever I want to put him, so that's what I did, and it worked out."

Incomplete finished the three-mile, 16-jump course in 6 minutes, 18 seconds and outdistanced co-favorite South Monarch, who placed second with Jody Petty riding. J. Alfred Prufrock, who held the lead briefly, finished third with Conrad Somers in the irons.

The $30,000 My Lady's Manor marked the first of three successive steeplechase weekends in Maryland, to be followed by the Grand National in Butler on Saturday and the Maryland Hunt Cup in Glyndon on April 25.

My Lady's Manor. $30,000 My Lady's Manor timber stakes.
1. Incomplete. Bob Kinsley. Ann Stewart. Charlie Fenwick III.
2. South Monarch. Augustin Stable. Sanna Hendriks. Jody Petty.
3. J. Alfred Prufrock. Conrad Somers owner, trainer, jockey.

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