The Brandywine Stable's Mod Man came on with a rush through the mud to catch Traveling Son at the wire and win the 22nd running of the Bowman Bowl by 1 1/2 lengths today. Cancottage was third.
The only other survivor of the original seven-horse field was Chinese Export, who was eased after clearing the 18th and last jump of the three-mile, timber steeplechase. Afiladore, Bardal and Fontclos were pulled up earlier in this feature of the Fairfax Race meeting before 3,000 rain drenched devotees at Belmont Plantation.
Favored Juggernaut II was a late scratch and the betting switched to Mod Man, the 11-year-old gelding trained by Joe Clancy and ridden by 24-year-old Toinette Jackson. The Pier Capponi chestnut did not disappoint.
"He got bolder as he went," said Jackson, "I knew he could do it even if the other horse didn't weaken."
The other horse was Traveling Son a notorious front-runner who seemed to have a good chance of making it pay off today. C. J. Meister took him to the top immediately and the 9-year-old stayed there, except for short pauses at the fifth and 10th fences, when Afiladore jumped into the lead.
"He (Mod Man) seemed to have his confidence back today," said Jackson "we had fallen at the 16th jump in the Maryland Hunt Cup last spring . . . it was his first fall . . . and his confidence ebbed when we tried it again at Radnor . . . But today he was his old self."