Throwback Thursday: Mod Man

With Include It taking aim at the My Lady’s Manor Saturday, we delve into the only other time a Clancy won the Monkton feature. Dad with Mod Man.

• Courtesy of American Steeplechasing 1979

Several stories unfolded at Maryland’s annual springtime triple run in successive weeks (April 14, 21, and 28) at Monkton, Butler, and Glyndon. The reigning two-time Hunt Cup champ Ben Nevis II was missing due to a trip abroad for the English Grand National, where he was brought down while in contention. But his stablemate Dosdi proved to be an appropriate substitute, winning two of the three features on the circuit. Mod Man, who upset Dosdi, in the 1978 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, was also at the top of his game after notching a handy win over the 1978 timber king Juggernaut II at My Lady’s Manor. And Englishman Broderick Munro-Wilson would make the first foreign entry in the Maryland Hunt Cup’s 83 year history. One other memorable note for the 1979 series was the opening of each race to female riders.

The ladies, or at least two of them from Unionville, Pa., responded immediately by sweeping the opening day card at Monkton. Toinette Jackson guided Brandywine Stable’s Mod Man in the feature while Joy Slater rode Foxbrook Farm’s Double Antix to victory in The John Rush Street Memorial. Joy, the daughter of Foxbrook trainer Mrs. P.F.N. Fanning, went on to “double” with Double Antix the following week at Butler.