Established in 1894, the Maryland Hunt Club began when members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged members of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club to a timber race. In 1922, the race officially moved to Worthington Valley in Reisterstown, Maryland, where the race has permanently stayed. Today, the event occurs on the last Saturday of April, and it covers four miles and 22 fences.
For the 120th edition of the country’s best-known timber race, Senior Senator won the event, which was held on April 30, 2016. The horse, owned by Irvin L. Crawford II, ran the four miles in 9:11. Guts for Garters, came in second for the $100,000 race after securing first place in 2014 and second place in 2015. The rest of the field saw Drift Society finishing third, Serene Harbor fourth, and last year’s winner Imperial Way taking fifth place.