Trailing over the final two jumps, Joy Slate applied the whip and Cancottage rellied down the stretch to shoot pass Blaze Miller and win the 85th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup by 2 1/2 lengths today.
Cancottage and Blaze Miller, were the only horses to finish in the field of six.
"You have to go after him to make him run," Slater said. The 26-year-old Unionville, Pa., rider last year became the first woman to win the four-mile, 22-jump timber classic, when she paired with Cancottage for a two-length victory over Beech Prince.
"I'm excited to beat a horse who has won this race before and is as good as Dosdi," she added.
Dosdi, the winningest timber horse in history with 21 victories, was enjoying a six-length lead and "going well . . . jumping strongly" as they went into the 17th fence, according to Charlie Fenwich. "We hit it with his chest and that was it . . . bad luck, bad luck."
Dosdi had taken the lead at the flag and at times enjoyed as much as a 12-length lead over the first 16 fences.
Cancottage, an English-bred 11-year-old chestnut gelding, covered the 22 jumps over four miles in 9:00 2/5. This was 9 2/5 seconds off its winning time last year, but better when the 9:44 posted by Dosdi in his 1979 victory.