The Maryland Hunt Cup, April 30, 2016. This world renowned timber race has been a Maryland tradition—a rite of spring— for over 100 years: one race, precisely at 4:00 pm, sumptuous tailgates, fancy clothes, held in the rolling hills of the Worthington Valley, with close up views of the nation’s top thoroughbred steeplechase horses. Revered for generations, we can depend that this event at least never changes.
For the past 31 years, not since Mrs. Miles Valentine with Cancottage in 1983, has anyone has been able to take home the coveted Maryland Hunt Cup Challenge Cup. This year, at the 118th running of the most difficult timber race in the world on Saturday, April 26, four miles and 22 fences over Worthington Farms in Glyndon, three owners have a chance to jump into that void: Lucy A. Goelet, Northwoods Stable, and Arcadia Stable.