View from the hill!

View from the hill!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Steeplechase Season

Stepplechasing has a long history in Maryland, one that dates back to 1873. The first steeplechase races were held on a course built in the Pimlico race track infield. The races then moved out to Northern Baltimore County. As the weather warms up Maryland horse fans get their tailgating gear ready and prepare to spend the day at the races.

The three biggest steeplechase races are My Lady's Manor, Grand National and Hunt Cup. This past Saturday marked the 112th running of the Grand National. In 1898 several men who were too young to compete in the Hunt Cup started this Maryland Timber Racing tradition. The Grand National is shorter and thus faster then the Hunt Cup.

If you have never witnessed a Steeplechase tailgate, it is definitely a sight to see. And if you are expecting Ravens style tailgate of grills and cornhole, think again. It would not be uncommon to see crystal classes, fine china, engraved silver serving platters, fully stocked bars and oriental rugs( yes you read right, i said oriental rugs!!). After a few hours of drinking, eating and socializing everyone gathers on the hill for the best view of the race.

If you are free next Saturday you should check out Hunt Cup, which is known as the toughest timber race in the world!!

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