Dosdi, the 1979 winner and the favorite in today's 84th renewal of the Maryland Hung Cup, has been withdrawn because of "lameness," making the four-mile timber steeplechase a wide-open race, with any of the six remaining entries capable of carrying off the prize.
"It looks like some torn ligaments in the left front ankle," said Charlie Fenwick, trainer and rider of the 11-year-old jumper. Dosdi ran in and won the Grand National point-to-point at Butler last Saturday.
"Maybe, in retrospect, it would have been smarter not to run him," added Fenwick. "At the time, we thought it might be more of a bone bruise. But it apparently is more than that."
Post time for the hunt cup, the only race of the afternoon at the Glyndon course, is 4 p.m. and, as of now, Beech Prince, Kilkea Castle, Art Dom, Moon Meeting, Cancottage and Gusty make up the field.
In Charlottesville, the $12,500 Foxfield International Cup, cofeature of Foxfield's seven-race spring meeting, has drawn a field of five, including last year's leading money-winning steeplechaser, Leaping Frog.
Popular Hero and Parson's Waiting, fourth and fifth on the money-winning list, Winigo and Catholic round out the field for the 2 1/4-mile brush event.
The three-mile timber chase will match Champerty, winner of the Deep Run Hunt Cup two weeks ago, with the steady veteran, Frost Time. Kinloch, Paul's Trumpet, Tom Caribou and Afilador complete the cast. Post time is 2:30 p.m.