Information For HorsemenRace Entries:
Central Entry 540-439-3820 or www.centralentryoffice.com; No entries at post: Entries Close at Noon Monday immediately prior to race day; All O/T/R's & horses must be acceptable to the race committee. All riders must sign liability waiver; juniors must have a parent or guardian available to sign waiver.
1st Race: The Jack Mobberley Junior Horse Field Master Chase
Riders not to have reached their 16th birthday. Catch weights. Mounts to be a minimum of five years old as of the 1st of the year. Catch weights. Mounts to be a minimum of five years old as of the 1st of the year. Riders are to follow the Field Master over a flagged course. 1 mile with no more than 12 obstacles not to exceed 2’3”. After the last fence, the Field Master will release the field to race for the finish line. Entries may be asked to queue or circle at any point. Proper hunting or racing attire accepted. The use of whips is strictly prohibited. Riders must meet qualifications as found in Condition 7 of the Maryland Steeplechase Association Junior and Young Rider, Pony & Field Master Chase Conditions. Divisions may be combined at the discretion of the committee. Non-Thoroughbreds must be declared at time of entry.
2nd Race Open Timber The Howard County Hunt Cup - $10,000
3 miles, over 3’6” fences; minimum weight 165 lbs. A perpetual trophy in memory of Katherine Lee Warfield. $10,000 purse, 60% to 1st; 20% to 2nd; 12% to 3rd; 8% to 4th.
3rd Race: Pony Field Master Chase - Large
Same Conditions as first race; Ponies will be sized as defined in Conditions 5 and 6 Maryland Steeplechase Association’s Junior and Young Rider, Pony & Field Master Chase Conditions./p>
4th Race: Novice Timber The Alda Clark Plate - $2,500
3 miles over 3’6” fences. Minimum weight 165 lbs. For non-winners over timber prior to the 1st of the current year; for each win since the 1st of the current year add 5 lbs. A perpetual trophy.
5th Race: Pony Field Master Chase - Medium
Same Conditions as 3rd race.
6th Race: Foxhunter Timber
About 3 miles over timber, fences not to exceed 3'6".
A. The Harwood
Open to members of organized packs; Horses must be fairly hunted by the rider (in accordance to the MSA General Conditions for foxhunters), at least five years old, and are not to have won a sanctioned timber race in the last three (3) years. Riders who have ridden under rules during the last five (5) years or who are entered in any other race of the day (except for foxhunter races) are ineligible for this race. Proper hunting attire. Catch weight. May be run as a Field Master Chase, at the discretion of the committee. In a Field Masters’ Chase, riders will follow at hunting pace behind a Field Master and will be released to race for the finish. Divisions may be combined at the discretion of the committee. Perpetual trophy for the winner; the Iron Bridge Phantom Fox Hunt perpetual trophy to the first non-Thoroughbred winner. Non-Thoroughbreds must be declared at time of entry This is an unrestricted division and participants are eligible for points in the Governor’s Cup Series.
B. The Founders’ Cup
Restricted to non-TBs fairly hunted in the 2017-2018 season, riders must be have been regular foxchasers during the 2017-2018 season and be acceptable to the committee; awards to the first man, first woman and first junior to cross the finish line; Founders Cup will be presented to the first member of HCIBH to cross the finish line. Riders who have ridden under rules during the last five (5) years or who are entered in any other race of the day (except for foxhunter races) are ineligible for this race. Proper hunting attire or racing silks. Catch weight. May be run as a Field Master Chase, at the discretion of the committee. In a Field Masters’ Chase, riders will follow at hunting pace behind a Field Master and will be released to race for the finish.
7th Race: Pony Field Master Chase - Smalls
Same Conditions as 3rd race.
8th Race: The Howard County Lead Line Sippy Cup
For ponies ridden by Juniors who have not reached their 7th birthday as of the 1st of the year. Ponies must have lead line attached to their bridle and must be accompanied by an adult. About 30 yards, walk or trot; entries breaking out of the trot must go behind last entry in the field before continuing or may be disqualified. Riders must wear ASTM approved helmets. Overgirths & protective vests are highly encouraged. Racing silks encouraged, proper riding attire accepted. Indicate pony size when entering.
Div I (conditions above)- Small, Medium, Large Awards
Div II- No age limit, not eligible for Division I. For riders needing 2-3 assistants.
9th Race: The Shetland Derby Dash
Restricted to Shetland Ponies, approx. ¼ mile on the flat; riders are not to have reached their 16th birthday as of the first of the year and must be size appropriate.
Post Race Kentucky Derby Party
Immediately following the last race, all owners, riders and trainers are invited to the corporate tent (no cover, cash bar); the Kentucky Derby will be aired on monitors in the corporate tent and around the course.
$1,000 Trainer Award
$1,000 award to the leading trainer with horses running in the Howard County Cup (open timber) and the Alda Clark Plate (novice timber). Leading trainer determined by starts and points earned in placings in accordance with the General Conditions.