The Maryland Hunt Cup is today in Glyndon, Maryland and there are those pundits who claim that it is the Super Bowl of timber racing. Really?
Look, it’s a great race and is very similar to the Virginia Gold Cup. The glaring big differences is that some of the jumps in the Maryland Hunt Cup are REALLY big, but the crowd (and the party) at the Virginia Gold Cup is REALLY bigger and better.
The Maryland Hunt Cup draws a crowd of 7,000 spectators who wash down their crab cakes with chilled white wine as they survey the action from a hill – sound familiar? Yes, it sounds like one tent or tailgate at the Virginia Gold Cup. Seven thousand? What are the roads closed?
|(Jake Slagle via Flickr)|
The point is they couldn’t watch the other races on the card if they wanted to because there are no other races on the card!
|Like we said, the jumps are BIG.|
Both races are run for purses of $75,000 over four miles (a very long way if you’re counting), and, all kidding aside, both races are severe tests and very difficult to win. No joke, some of the jumps on the Glyndon course are GIGANTIC. The good news, is that slows the pace down, the bad news is you have to jump a couple of those monsters more than once!
Here’s the field for the 119th Maryland Hunt Cup:
1 FORT HENRY (IRE); 2 INCOMPLETE; 3a BATTLE OP, 4 PROSPECTORS STRIKE; 5 A FINE STORY (GB); 6 GORGEOUS CHARGER; 7 PROFESSOR MAXWELL; 8a VOLLE NOLLE, 9 BON CADDO; 10 WON WILD BIRD; 11 HADDIX; 12 PRIVATE ATTACK; 13 WESTERN FLING and 14 AND THE EAGLE FLYS.
There is also a full card of steeplechase action today in Charlottesville at the Foxfield races. To see the entries, click here.