On a day filled with rain, wind, flying clouds, tornado warnings and a few hardy souls, veteran timber horse Bon Caddo won the $35,000 My Lady's Manor timber stakes at Monkton, Md. Saturday.
Bon Caddo leading the field. (Douglas Lees)
Allowed to set a slow pace under Blair Waterman, the 10-year-old winner gave up the lead briefly to Prospectors Strike on the final turn, turned aside a stout challenge from More Fascination in the stretch to win the 3-mile stakes for trainer Dawn Williams. More Fascination (Jeff Murphy) stayed for second with 2010 Manor winner South Monarch (Jody Petty) third.
Bon Caddo turned in a strong 2010 season – without winning a race. He was third in the Grand National, second in the Virginia Gold Cup, International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Saturday's win will have his connections pondering future starts – in the Grand National next week, the Maryland Hunt Cup April 29 and/or the Virginia Gold Cup May 7.
In other action at the Manor, NoGo Stable's Yin Yang (Eric Gaertner) prevailed with a frantic stretch run to catch He's Got Mojo in the final yards in the $10,000 maiden timber. He's Got Mojo (Mark Beecher) led over the last, but couldn't hold off the winner. Irish-bred You And I finished third. Billy Meister trained the winner, who was making his first NSA start since 2009.
Lucy Stable's Irish import Justpourit (George Hundt Jr.) won his third consecutive race, thriving over the soft going to win the $5,000 amateur highweight timber. Richard Valentine trained the winner, who defeated Voler Bar Nuit and Thermostat.