MONKTON, Md—Jack Fisher had two winners at My Lady’s Manor, Lemony Bay (GB) in the featured My Lady’s Manor and Doc Cebu in the John Rush Streett, despite his being in Tryon, S.C., at another sanctioned meet.
Charlie Fenwick's Doc Cebu, ridden by Hadden Frost, leads over the last fence on his way to winning the first section of the John Rush Streett at My Lady's Manor. Handsome Hoyt (green silks) finished second and Durer was third.
Jeff Murphy rode Bruton Street-US’ Lemony Bay to a one length victory in 5:51 4/5, and Fisher also had a second along with his two wins, as Lemony Bay’s stablemate, Bruton Street-US’ Drift Society (Ire), ridden by Haddon Frost, placed second.
Bruton Street-US is the racing operation of Michael D. Hankin, chief executive of Baltimore-based Brown Advisory and a Butler resident. His partners in Bruton Street-US are Charles Noell and Charles Fenwick Jr.
Grand Manan, trained by Billy Meister and ridden by Darren Nagle, was a slight favorite to win the Manor, but he was very washy in the paddock, a problem that had plagued him in his flat racing career, as he left his energy in the paddock.
Grand Manan went to the front, as expected, leading at times by as much as five lengths, but Lemony Bay and Drift Society came to him approaching the last fence, and he was unable to hold off their charge, finishing fourth behind Le Chevalier, trained by Julie Gomena and ridden by Mark Beecher.
Foyle, trained by Bruce Fenwick and ridden by Gustav Dahl was fifth and last.
“We wanted to be close to the pace,” said Murphy. “My fellow was tracking the leader with ease. He was jumping really well.”
“I just kicked on coming to the last and eased him up in the stretch to win,” said Murphy, who was riding Lemony Bay for the first time. “His win was never in doubt.”
“I watched all his races on tape and I talked to Connor (Hankin, his previous jockey who is now serving in the Marines),” said Murphy.
Lemony Bay had finished second in the maiden timber at the Manor last year in his first race over timber after being imported from England.
FROST, AN Englishman who was a professional jockey before turning to training show jumpers and becoming an amateur jockey, rode both winners of the split John Rush Streett Memorial, Charlie Fenwick’s 7-year-old Doc Cebu, trained by Fisher, and Northwoods Stable’s Naturally Won, trained by William Dowling.
Fenwick said that his brother Bruce had found Doc Cebu for him.
“He had won five races on the flat and never had a soundness problem,” said Fenwick. “I got him a year ago and decided to run him over hurdles.”
Doc Cebu won two hurdle races last year before switching to timber at the Manor.
“He’s taken to jumping nicely,” said Fenwick. ‘Going to the stake and bound, he was throwing his head, saying I’ll take over now. He’ grown into himself.”
“Young horses give you hope and dreams,” said Fenwick. “That’s what’s best about racing.”
Doc Cebu won by 4 ½ lengths in 6:18 3/5.
Frost won the second division of the John Rush Streett Memorial on Naturally Won.
“I got here Monday and schooled him Wednesday,” said Frost. “He jumped really well.”
“He went lovely here,” said Frost. I didn’t want to be in front as he’s still quite green. I watched lots of videos.”
“Mr. Hankin made the proposition to me that I come over,” said Frost. “I’ll be here until the 15th, so I’ll have plenty of rides. I’ve done lots of racing, and it was my privilege to ride good horses.”
Naturally Won won by one length in 6:19 4/5.
JEREMY BATOFF rode his own Class Indian, trained by Dowling, to lead the John D. Shapiro Memorial for amateur apprentice riders by over 70 lengths at times and hold on to win by 5 ¼ lengths in 6:00 2/5.
“This was a very special ride for me,” said Batoff. “This is a new horse for my brother and me. This is where I won my first race. I got hurt last year, and I wasn’t intending to ride this year.”
“But we got this horse in February,” said Batoof of deciding to ride again this year. “This is our second race together. He was second at Green Spring in our first race.”
Batoff said he hadn’t intended to break so far away from the field.
“But, when we were there, he was travelling so well, I didn’t look back,” said Batoff. “He’s a nice jumper. He’s clever, and he has a lot of heart.”
On The Corner, owned by Ivy Hill Stable LLC, trained by Alicia Murphy and ridden by Sara Katz was second with Whatdidyousee, owned by Grey Lake Stable, trained by Ivan Dowling and ridden by Annie Yeager, third.
The Manor drew a huge crowd on a day that got progressively warmer and more pleasant.